We live in the digital age where the Internet is of paramount importance. The internet is responsible for many businesses’ success and it can also be the bridge for entertainment. Without the internet, life can be boring.

Now, there are a lot of devices that can utilize the internet such as smartphones, laptops and desktop computers. The problem before is that there were no wireless means to share the signal; they had to plug those devices in the modem to have an internet connection.

That is not the case nowadays. Today, you can have routers that act as internet hubs that can share your internet connection wirelessly, so that more devices can get a hold of a signal to surf the internet and then do the things you want to do.

But sometimes, the router becomes ineffective. Why? Because of its signal strength. The router’s signals can be weakened by a number of factors. First are obstructions such as thick walls and other objects.

Second is the placement. If your router is placed at the extreme end of the house, other areas of the house may not get any signal.

So, what are you going to do?

There is one thing you can do: get a signal repeater.

A signal repeater or a signal booster gets an existing router signal, and amplifies it so that it can reach greater distances.

signal-boostThere are a lot of popular brands out there to choose from, but the most popular ones are from Linksys and Belkin.

But, before you go buying one, you should know a few things.

If you’re going to use a signal repeater, the wireless throughput may be reduced to up to 50%. This means that the quality of the signal may suffer from the original source.

Then again, wireless repeaters do actually help in boosting signal and helping it reach farther areas of your home.

Another thing you should take note of is the compatibility. Most routers operate with 802.11 protocols. The latest generation of the protocol is the 802.11 ac, which has a 5GHz frequency as opposed to the 802.11 G’s 2.4GHz.

But, all of these protocols are backwards compatible, meaning, you can use a 802.11ac capable repeater without any compatibility issues at all.

That being said, where should you put the wireless signal repeater? Conventional wisdom states that you should put the repeater somewhere in the middle of your home. That usually means the family room or something.

If you put the repeater in the middle of your house, it will broadcast the signal evenly, thus, more and more coverage.

Now that you know what a signal repeater does, you can now configure your router to work with the repeater.

The only important thing to keep in mind is to take note of your ip address. It is important because your router will then act as the access point and your repeater will help broadcast the signals.

Improve your router’s signal strength by using a repeater today.