If you already own a wireless router, though, and you have issues in just one or two rooms with the WiFi signal, then a WiFi extender - also known as a WiFi repeater - can be all you need. They simply act by rebroadcasting a WiFi signal from your existing router, hopefully boosting signal strength at the extreme ranges where your laptop or mobile devices struggles.
The Edimax EW-7438RPn WiFi Extender costs less than £30, so is considerably cheaper than a 500Mbps powerline adaptor kit. It also has a single 10/100 Ethernet port, allowing you connect a PC or laptop to it, tapping into the rebroadcast signal without the need for a separate wireless adaptor - particularly useful for PC users.
Last year I installed a WIFI extender and had some issues, sometimes a message that you cannot have to IP addresses that were the same or I could not log into the extender. After some research I found out I had to lock down the IP address on the extender: turn off DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) on the extender by typing in the IP address and navigating through the menu on the extender and set the IP address and DNS address’s. And of course a soft reboot of the extender. When I check the status on the main router (usually IP address 192.168.1.1) the extender came up as STATIC. After doing this, I have had not one issue and the security camera’s and laptop in the back garage are all on-line, all the time. If you get a dual band router you must configure each band width as a separate IP address and lock them down as well.
WIFI Extender is a device that will help you to extend Client-to-Vessel WIFI coverage on larger boats or yachts. It is connected to Yacht Router via single PoE (Power over Ethernet) cable for simultaneous power and data transfer. Each WIFI Expander is equipped with four additional LAN ports so you can easily connect more WIFI Extenders or other devices.
|Form Factor:||Wall Mountable|
|System Requirements:|| |
|Is Dark Sky-Compliant:||Y|
|Video Game Platform:||Playstation|
|Fabric Content:||100% Multi|
|Is Energy Star-Certified:||Y|
|Compatible Devices:||Unix , PC , Mac|
|Manufacturer Part Number:||WN3000RP-100NAS|
|Features:||NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||4.00 x 5.70 x 7.10 Inches|