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How to boost your Wi-Fi for $50

How to boost your Wi-Fi for $50
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How many times have you clicked a video or link and waited, and waited? You can't know for sure if it is your gadget, your Wi-Fi or the website that's holding up progress. All too often, the fault is your Wi-Fi signal.

A weak Wi-Fi signal limits the range, slows down your speed and can cause a spotty connection, if it even connects at all. There are many circumstances that can reduce your Wi-Fi's range or create dead spots in your home or office.

Odds are, the area you need to cover is simply too large for just one Wi-Fi router. In that situation, you need additional hardware to extend the wireless network’s range. Fortunately, it won't cost you too much if you know what you're looking for.

The hardware is helpfully called a "range extender," or sometimes referred to as a "repeater." Basically, you put the gadget near the edge of your router's range. It pulls in your Wi-Fi signal and it rebroadcasts the signal with more power on a different Wi-Fi channel.

Tip in a tip: Identifying Wi-Fi signal issues is easier when you know exactly where the signal drops off. HeatMapper is a free download that helps you visualize Wi-Fi signals on a map of your home or office. Netspot does the same for Macs. You can also use an app like the free Wi-Fi Analyzer that has a real-time signal strength meter.

Next page: Know the differences between good and bad extenders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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