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Improving Your WiFi Coverage

Tom in Columbus, Ohio asked us about WiFi Extenders

WiFi Router

Tom asked: “We live in a two floor condo. On the outer areas of it, the Wi-Fi drops off. Do wi-fi range extenders work? If so, where should I place it? Is price a factor and if so, how much can I expect to spend?”


Tom, range extenders do work, and if you buy one you should place it as close as you can to the area you want to extend the network to while still being in an area that gets solid WiFi from the router.

The extender needs something to extend, that means that it absolutely needs to get a good signal, from there it will re-broadcast the network.

As for how much you can expect to spend, a basic device will be very cheap, think around $20, while a complex system that can find and eliminate dead spots on its own by redirecting beams will cost you many hundreds, but those are mainly sold as business devices. You can probably give the less expensive option a try, it’s likely to work for you.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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