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Do I need a Wi-Fi Booster or Wi-Fi Extender?

When it comes to amping the WiFi signal in your home, the type of device you use matters. It’s important to understand the differences between alternatives.

The term WiFi booster was a catch-all phrase for devices that extend the reach of a WiFi bandwidth signal. A WiFi booster now is more accurately defined as a wireless range extender, MoCA wired extender or a MoCA Wireless Network Extender.


How do you know if you need one?

You might need a Wi-Fi extender/booster if:

  • You’re gaming and your connection lags.
  • Files are taking a long time to download or send.
  • You’re working in your garage and need access to the internet.
  • You’re trying to connect to the internet from your basement.
  • You’re streaming Netflix and your show keeps buffering.
  • You’re trying to take a video call for work and the call keeps freezing.
  • You’re upstairs in bed and want to surf the web or scroll through social media.

The list goes on. Basically, if you want Wi-Fi coverage in every inch of your home, you need a Wi-Fi extender.


Wi-Fi dead spots

The Wi-Fi extender’s purpose is to eliminate dead spots. A Wi-Fi dead spot is an area in your home that has a weak connection or none at all.

Typically, when Wi-Fi dead spots occur, it has to do with a weak Wi-Fi signal. To find out what your Wi-Fi signal strength is, you can dive deeper into how to check your Wi-Fi signal.

If you are dealing with areas in your home that get a weak wireless internet connection, you will want a Wireless network extender like this one.

It’s important to know that a Wi-Fi extender will not boost your Wi-Fi signal. So, you want to make sure that your signal is already strong. This way, the extender can carry, or extend, that same strong signal to every corner of your home.

No more worrying about working from home and whether your internet can handle it.

No more being tether to one space when working, taking classes, gaming or watching TV.

If you are still asking yourself, Do I need a Wi-Fi extender, revisit the list above. Chances are, you can always improve your Wi-Fi performance in your home.

Looking for more information on improving your Wi-Fi set up or performance? Head over to the ScreenBeam blog. Or, Check out our Complete Guide to WiFi Boosters, which are full of resources to answer all of your home Wi-Fi networking questions.

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