Repeats the Wi-Fi signal from the main router to extend its reach.
So you have set up Wi-Fi in the house but are not able to receive a good Wi-Fi signal throughout the house. Walls, ceilings, doors etc. block the signal which limits its range. Wi-Fi repeater can be used to extend the reach to dead zones. Wi-Fi repeater will only repeat the band it receives, hence if your router uses 2.4Ghz band, it will repeat 2.4Ghz.Same applies for 5Ghz and dual band (Both bands can be repeated).
Here’s how you set up a Wi-Fi repeater,
- Connect the Wi-Fi repeater to the power outlet and turn it ON.
- Scan for the Wi-Fi network from the repeater on your laptop, it must be similar to BRAND_ RPT or BRAND_EXT and connect to it.
- You can now log into the repeater console using the IP or the repeater URL (IP & URL info should be available in the product manual)
- After logging in follow the wizard to connect the repeater to your existing Wi-Fi network. This involves scanning and connecting to the existing Wi-Fi network with your Wi-Fi password(Security key).
- You can either keep the same SSID for your repeater which is visible by default or you can keep a new one.
Note: Avoid keeping the same SSID as that of the main router as it may affect the performance due to interference. However some repeaters do support Wi-Fi roaming which allow smooth transition between SSIDs. Check the specifications before you purchase a new Wi-Fi repeater.
- Finish the setup and turn OFF the repeater.
- Place the repeater where you receive at least 60% of signal from the main router and power it ON.
- The repeater will now broadcast the new SSID in the direction which was considered a dead zone.