How to Connect a WiFi Booster to a New Router
If you have just moved into a large home, the chances are that the internet might experience some blind spots. The new router you bought for the new home needs a Wi-Fi booster, a device that allows internet waves to travel further and past the blind spots.
This device makes the internet stronger, and anyone can use it from any part of the house. If your broadband internet is sluggish during streaming, file uploads, or online gaming, it is clear you need to make use of a booster to boost areas where the internet is inconsistent or weak. Most routers often have a range of between 30.5 m (100feet) and 45.7m (150 feet). Find this out from your router’s manual or packaging.
There are two ways to connect your Wi-Fi Booster to your new router.
The manual method is also known as the AP (Access Point) mode or web browser setup. Follow the instructions below to set up your Wi-Fi booster.
- Plug the booster into an electrical source and turn it on
- Press the reset button for ten seconds
- Connect the booster to your laptop or Wi-Fi device and launch the network manager
- Open your web browser
- Type 192.168.10.1
- When prompted, type in Admin as username and Admin as password. You can change these
- Click on the booster installation wizard, then select your network and enter SSID
- Click on the Finish button
- Ensure the wifi extender is plugged into an electrical outlet and powered on
- Long-press on the WPS button on the booster and hold for ten seconds
- Long-press the WPS button on the router and wait for the LED light to change to a solid green, indicating that the router and the wifi booster have synced.
- After the booster and the router have synced successfully, look halfway between the Wi-Fi dead spot and the router. Look for a strategic position where the booster can receive the Signal but far enough to broadcast it to other areas. Some boosters have wireless connectivity, and you can choose this option if you like. They have an ethernet port that you can use to plug in wired devices.
- Connect to the booster’s network and use the same password as your router.
- Check the manual for the booster password
- You are set to go
How the Wi-Fi booster Extends Signal
Once you connect the booster to your router, it will boost the wireless Signal from the router and act like a WAP (wireless access point), and it will have its SSID or network name. This point allows devices like smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, gaming consoles, and tablets to connect to it.
You can opt to have several boosters in the same house or office. Each booster has to be connected to and in the range of the router. You cannot connect two boosters, so each needs to have its network name to differentiate it from the others. Some boosters are wireless and do not need an ethernet cable to connect. These are the best and the easiest to configure as it takes just a few minutes. Most boosters are universal and sync with any brand of router. However, it is best to confirm before you purchase the booster.
Find out Your Router’s Range
Most routers often have a range of between 30.5 m (100feet) and 45.7m (150 feet). Find this out from your router’s manual or packaging. If you ascertain that the items within the maximum range are not receiving a strong signal, you need to move them closer or remove obstacles.
However, you cannot move everything closer to the router or move some barriers like walls, which are permanent; you need a booster to boost the signal past the router’s maximum range
The installation of a Wi-Fi booster takes a few minutes and gives your home or office better network coverage. The best location for the Wi-Fi booster is halfway between the dead spot and the router. This allows those in rooms further than the router to get as good coverage as those near the router.
The best option is to buy a wireless box instead of a wired connection. The setup is easy, fast, and can be done by anyone within minutes as long as there are no complex configurations needed. Dead spots can be very frustrating, and they prevent you from comfortably using the Wi-Fi. If you run into any problems when setting up your Wi-Fi booster, contact the manufacturer.