One of the other great options with which you may bring a wireless network to all corners of the home is to use new specific hardware for this function, such as an access point, a repeater or an amplifier. They are not the same? Yes and no, since the name depends on the functions that they incorporate and how the manufacturer sells it. Like a Linksys extender will have different functions if compare to a repeater. We may find devices that integrate one; several or all the functionalities (access point, repeater, extender, amplifier, etc.)
What’s the Difference?
For example, a basic access point, with no extra functions, will allow us to create our own Wi-Fi network independent of that of the main router. We can place it in the same room as it, connected by an Ethernet cable and it will probably have more coverage, power and real speed than the serial wireless network since they are prepared to fulfill this task specifically.
However, if our problem is to take the signal to a very remote room, to another floor, etc. Where the routers have not given us a good solution for having a long distance, multiple attenuations by thick walls, etc., it is likely that with the access point we have a similar problem unless it is of great power or we place it close to where we need the connection. Here we are again with the inconvenience that we need to bring the local network through an Ethernet cable if we want the best performance, something that in many cases will not be possible.
some will tell me that the access points are usually much more powerful, that they give fewer problems and that on the Internet there are scandal-like powers with which to penetrate any wall that incurs us.
You are right but beware of buying models abroad with stratospheric powers, since you could have some distaste with the legislation of the country in which you reside that limits, and much, the radiated power of this type of device. The global leaders are Netgear, Belkin, and linksys.com for such gadgets.
Anyway, if our only possibility is to place the access point in the same room as the router and still we still have coverage problems in remote rooms, then an intermediate amplifier-repeater can help us.
They are basically responsible for detecting the wireless signal, regenerating it and amplifying it so that it comes out as new. There are those with and without wired and capable of operating with very different configurations such as repeater mode, bridge mode, only as an access point, as a customer, etc.
Multi-Operating Modes Of Wi-Fi Extenders
Its installation is usually immediate and happens by plugging them into the wall and maybe pressing a sync button. And for some, a configuration portal is used as like extender.linksys.com is used for Linksys Extenders. The problem is usually that, if the initial Wi-Fi signal is very bad, we will have to look for an intermediate place in the house so that the coverage reaches all ends well.
That is to say if in our problematic room the original Wi-Fi signal does not reach well (hence the problematic room), putting one of these amplifiers in that room probably will not solve anything. We will have to place it in an intermediate room losing part of the total power it offers us.
Also, sometimes during the installation or the configuration, you might get some trouble like cannot connect to Linksys extender or unable to detect the Wi-Fi. In these scenarios, you should consult with the support executives of the manufacturers of your gadget/appliance.
Now we assume that you have a pretty sure idea about the difference between the Extender, Repeaters and the access points. Also, you are now well aware of multi operating modes of an extender. For any other information or query, feel free to reach us by commenting below.