questionsis it worth it to get a wifi extender? (repeater)

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I have also been having some issues with not being able to receive a strong wifi signal throughout the house and was considering an extender. I am very interested in what the techy deal.wooters recommend.

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You would probably be better off buying a better router...

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@jsoko: amen brotha'

I had problems with mine tapering off when I was on the other end of the house and was on the brink of moving everything to the middle of the house when my router up and died. I replaced it with a newer router that had 3 antennas and it actually reaches all areas of my house with 95% signal (or more), my entire yard and across the street to my neighbor's house (a good 200 feet away). Now I can download stuff from itunes while mowing my yard and listening to it as it comes in. I couldn't be happier with it

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A better router is certainly great but not necessarily the solution. Sometimes repeaters really are the only solution for large crazy houses such as mine with a concrete wall here and a brick wall there. they are worth the money if you need one. However, I opted to route Ethernet cable through the house and just uses extra routers I had in the junk drawer. Effectively the same as a repeater, except that networking computers on two different routers can be more work.

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Repeaters can definitely help, but I would start with a new router, especially if what you are using is over two years old or lower end. If a new router does not help, then try the repeater. Another option that can be pretty slick is to use one of the systems that transmits through your home electical wires. Those sytems have become pretty mature and work well, especially where WiFi won't reach.

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@nortonsark: Don't the outlets have to be on the same fuse or something?

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Another thought is to put a bigger antenna(s) on your existing router. That is a relatively inexpensive, simple fix. (Can't be done with some routers, though.)

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I have a newer router (less than a year). It is more about the location that it has to sit and my need for services far at the other end of the house and the obstacles in between. Not sure I want to go the multiple router route, and have tried the electrical system.

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@jsoko: No, the house wiring systems can be on any circuit within your house. This is especially true when the circuits are on the same side of your fuse box. There may be some cases where you might need a bridge circuit to get good results across both sides of the fuse box, but that has not been an issue for me.

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@jsoko: Yes they do. That is why it didn't work.

@nortonsark: That option I have not tried yet. But I would be willing to spend the money if an extender really was a good option. Just hoping for some recommendation.

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OK, a couple more thoughts. I have heard that when buying a repeater, one is best off getting the same brand as your router, but I'm not sure how true that is. One can also hack your router (especially with DD-WRT) to increase its signal strength and extend its reach.

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wifi expander or extender difference is more important i think. have to consider if you are looking to really push that signal or if you are worried about lag being an issue. found http://www.wifirepeaterreviews.com and they explain it pretty good. guess it depends on what kind of a fix you want and how much money your looking to throw at the solution

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@nortonsark: I tried one of those network over powerline systems about 2 years ago and when it worked at all it was still so bad that dial-up would have worked faster.