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Positioning the Internet box, the thickness of walls, interference... There are several settings that affect the quality of your wireless connection. A Super Boost Wifi amplifies the signal to improve the network and enjoy good throughput throughout the home. Our tips for choosing it well.
PRICE AND OPERATING PRINCIPLE
The operating principle of a Super Boost Wifi (or amplifier) is quite simple: it "repeats" around it the Wi-Fi coverage of your box. This extends the area covered by your wireless connection. This optimism of the range of the repeater, its positioning is important. It should be placed neither too close nor too far from your Internet box. The operation is the same for all commercially available models, but from one to the other the features vary. That's why the price of a Super Boost Wifi ranges from about 20 to 100 euros.
WI-FI AND DEBUT STANDARDS
Wi-Fi protocol and standards have evolved over time( frequencies, channels, speeds). Today, all repeaters support the newer and faster Wi-Fi "n" (802.11n) and/or Wi-Fi "ac" (802.11ac). The most advanced even offer "ac MU-MIMO" ("Multi User-Multiple Input and Multiple Output"), which improves Wi-Fi management with multiple devices at once. Be aware that these standards are retrocompatible: an ac Super Boost Wifi will work with a Wi-Fi n box. Regarding speeds, there is no point in installing a Wi-Fi ac repeater at 900 Mbps if your box, even Wi-Fi ac, delivers only 450 Mbps: the repeater will hold on to the flow of the box. It is also a matter of fact as manufacturers generally mention not only theoretical, but also cumulative flows. When Devolo (Devolo Super Boost Wifi, 70) or Netgear (AC1200, 55 euros) evka "speeds up to 1,200 Mbps thanks to Wi-Fi ac", it is in fact the maximum simultaneous throughput in Wi-Fi n and Wi-Fi ac, i.e. 867 Mbps (rounded to 900 Mbps) - 300 Mbps. Entry-level models can only handle one frequency band (Wi-Fi n on the 2.4 GHz band). Their throughput is generally limited to 300 Mbps (450 Mbps) .
WPS FOR A SIMPLE SETUP
Make sure your repeater has a Wi-Fi Protected Standard button. It is a fast and automatic configuration system that saves the user the installation of software on his computer and a potentially tedious manual configuration. The installation is childish and rather well explained on the two models we took in hand (Linksys RE 6300 and Netgear 16130).
Once the repeater is installed, a new network appears in the list of available Wi-Fi networks; this log in, the password is the same as for the existing Wi-Fi network in most cases(check that the default password is not "admin" or "123456"; if they are, customize it!).
FROM THE GRIP TO THE CONNECTED BULB
A Super Boost Wifi serves to extend network coverage, but it has two flaws: first, it monopolizes an electrical outlet; Then, even when the antennas are integrated into the case, the equipment is not particularly aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, there are models with a jiggle socket that leave the electrical outlet available. Other more advanced models, such as the TP-Link RE270K (available at the end of June 2017 at 69.90 euros), even include a connected socket that allows you to remotely control the device that is connected to it.
Most repeaters also integrate one or two Ethernet ports to connect a computer or printer to the Wired Internet. Beware, transfer speeds vary by type: the "Fast Ethernet" (100 Mbps) is slower than the "Gigabit Ethernet" (1,000 Mbps). There are also repeaters incorporating a 3.5 mm jack audio socket on which it is possible to connect speakers to listen to music sent from your smartphone (Linksys RE4100 at 45 euros, for example). Finally, there are models of original repeaters, such as the Sengled Boost A60 bulbs (50 euros) or GU10 (60 euros), which amplify the Wi-Fi signal while illuminating the room.
Super Boost Wifi AND ACCESS POINT: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
Signal amplifiers and Wi-Fi hotspots are often offered at the same department in physical stores and at web merchants. However, there is a fundamental difference between these two products: the amplifier repeats a Wi-Fi signal from the box while the access point creates one from the wired point of the Internet in the house. The access point must therefore be connected by wire to the box. It is often favoured in companies, but nothing excludes use among individuals. For example, it allows you to create a Wi-Fi network that performs better than the box (ac instead of n, for example), to which dozens of users can connect simultaneously. For home use, this solution, more expensive (80-350 euros), is probably a little oversized.
Super Boost Wifi OR CPL KIT?
The online power current or CPL also allows you to relay your Internet connection throughout the house. This time, the network goes through the electrical installation. Just connect a CPL case to your box (and the area), and another to the wall socket in every other room you want to connect to the Internet. An Ethernet port, on each CPL kit, connects its equipment. Some models also include a Wi-Fi chip to connect a tablet or smartphone.
HOW FAST IS YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION?
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