What’s the prob­lem with tra­di­tional range ex­ten­ders?

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Range ex­ten­ders are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive and can be ef­fec­tive in the right sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, they greatly com­pro­mise per­for­mance. That’s be­cause range ex­ten­ders are re­ally only sig­nal boost­ers. They work by am­pli­fy­ing an ex­ist­ing Wi-Fi sig­nal. And if your Wi-Fi sig­nal is al­ready weak to be­gin with, what good is am­pli­fy­ing that sig­nal?�

To make mat­ters worse, be­cause range ex­ten­ders can typ­i­cally only trans­mit and re­ceive data one at a time and not si­mul­ta­ne­ously, band­width is usu­ally re­duced by at least half. This, cou­pled with the al­ready weak sig­nal in the Zrst place, is the main rea­son why users of­ten com­plain of range ex­ten­ders be­ing slow.

Range ex­ten­ders are also clumsy to use be­cause they broad­cast a sep­a­rate net­work of their own, of­ten also us­ing an­other SSID. This means users might need to man­u­ally tog­gle be­tween net­works when mov­ing around their homes to en­sure they get the best con­nec­tion.

An­other dis­ad­van­tage of range ex­ten­ders is that they only ex­pand the net­work in a sin­gle di­rec­tion. In other

Range ex­ten­ders are only able to ex­pand cov­er­age in a sin­gle di­rec­tion, which makes them ill-suited for larger homes.

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