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If you are experimenting with various wireless network setups, you may wonder how to use a router as a WiFi extender. The best routers, after all, can do some pretty surprising things when put to the test. Can you use a router as a network extender and how is this done? Keep reading to find out.
The good news? You can turn an old router into a fairly capable WiFi extender without having to learn too many high-tech procedures, such as how to disable AP isolation on a router. As a matter of fact, you won’t even have to mess with the settings too much at all, so you won’t be learning how to clear the cache from a router.
If you don’t have access to physical instructions, try Googling for a PDF.
Here are the steps to successfully turn an old router into a handy WiFi extender.
Why does the label have Wi-Fi names and a password when it should replicate the name and password from my router?
The name and password on the exterior of your primary router are intended to get you started, so you can go into the wireless settings later on and change up the password for this primary router.
Mesh router vs. Wi-Fi range extender: Which is best for your home network?
A mesh router is a great choice for extending the WiFi range, as it includes a primary router and various hubs. A Wi-Fi extender works too, requiring the device itself and your primary router. Both are good options.
What is a Wi-Fi extender?
A Wi-Fi extender creates an extended network for greater Wi-Fi coverage. It does this without even needing an Ethernet connection. It simply repeats the wireless signal coming from your primary network, so any mobile device or connected devices within range get a boost.
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