What’s the problem with traditional range extenders?
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.