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EXTENDERS CAN BOOST YOUR SMART HOME EXPERIENCE

EXTENDERS CAN BOOST YOUR SMART HOME EXPERIENCE

Consistent Connectivity

Even if you have the most powerful router to power your smart home, there may still be dead areas where the signal does not reach or is diminished. The more smart home devices you have, the more competition there is for that signal. Smart home designers always start with the wifi signal.

REPOSITION YOUR ROUTER

The first thing to try if you are experiencing this issue is to move your router and see if that helps. Place it in a more central location if this is feasible. Your router may also be outdated and unable to power your smart home and smart devices. A couple of years may not seem old, but every time you add a smart device your router has to work harder.

ADD BOOSTERS

If you have a powerful router and are still experiencing inconsistency with your wifi signal, try adding signal boosters, otherwise known as range extenders or repeaters. Some are designed to sit on a desk but the most unobtrusive type actually plug into your wall sockets. They are discreet, relatively inexpensive and easily blend in with your home decor. Extenders can double the range of your router. Antennae on the unit receive the wifi signal from the router, amplify it, then transmit the boosted signal to the rest of your home.  

COMPATIBILITY

The ongoing problem with smart devices and the smart home is getting different brands to work together. Netgear makes a range of extenders that are compatible with any brand of router, which is extremely useful. They are quick and easy to install and for optimum performance should be placed halfway between your router and the dead zone.

EVERYONE WANTS TO USE THEIR DEVICES

Consistent connectivity is the key to a problem free smart home experience. Your children can play computer games in the basement, you can Facetime from the bedroom and your smart home theater can stream your movies and music.