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Best/Good wi-fi range extender for pulling in a weak incoming signal? (best wifi range extender)

GunMan 3,371 506 June 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM
I've tried 3 different models (unfortunately, I can't remember exact models).
None were able to get it done.
A Galaxy S5 was able to consistently receive the signal, but the range extenders haven't been able to. The last 2 I tried have extranal antenna(s). I have not tried upgrading the antenna yet.
The problem is that the original signal is weak/too far away for the models I have tried so far.

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i got an s5 too, i don't see how good signal it can get. but it supports 5ghz, so maybe the extenders only support 2.4g? otherwise i don't think a phone can beat external antenna.

if a phone can get the signal, a directional antenna will be more than enough
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range extenders tend not to work all that well as they need a decent signal to extend, you are much better off if you can use a pair of powerline adapters to run a second router at the furthest point from the original as an access point.
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Quote from Left4Deal View Post :
i got an s5 too, i don't see how good signal it can get. but it supports 5ghz, so maybe the extenders only support 2.4g? otherwise i don't think a phone can beat external antenna.

if a phone can get the signal, a directional antenna will be more than enough
The last extender I tried was 2.4/5, the first 2 were 2.4.
The S5 showed 2.4 and 5 from the same router as 2 different Wi-Fi networks and can lock onto either.
The S5 surprisingly did better than 2 Wi-Fi extenders with external (factory) antennas at locking in on the weak signal...

Quote from komondor View Post :
range extenders tend not to work all that well as they need a decent signal to extend, you are much better off if you can use a pair of powerline adapters to run a second router at the furthest point from the original as an access point.
Unfortunately, power line is impossible.
Just need an extender that's as good or better at receiving a signal as an S5. Big Grin
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I have this one here
http://www.linksys.com/us/p/P-RE6...763014CF5/

I received it from Linksys to test it has a green light that tells you when it ism at the best distance from the router it may help. I found it worked pretty well and still use it upstairs in my house.

But maybe your issue is the power from your router so why not replace that or are you hopping onto free wifi from your neighbor?
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Amazon has the Card-King [amazon.com] KW-3016N.

It has mixed reviews but the one I bought is rock solid and an excellent performer. If you get one just remember to install the drivers BEFORE you plug the thing in to the USB ports on the computer.

It is a power hog so instead of plugging into 2 computer USB ports I used a 1 AMP wall wart for the extra power plug that you must use. This unit is directional but it also performs well at shorter ranges omni-directional.

Remember the power output of this type of device is limited in the USA. y\Your only true way of increasing range is to use a specialty high gain antenna.

Good Luck!
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What is your original router? Can you describe your environment layout? How far are we talking?
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maybe it's a public free wifi. because i don't think a phone can beat external antennas.

the problem maybe the way some extenders work, they will exposed themselves to the AP, which the AP may blocked that kind of authentication, some extenders will use the same MAC address to request an IP for themselves, that's "client bridge" mode, not a true repeater. not transparent enough.

you should get a router and try dd-wrt, any shitty one should work, i prefer 5ghz
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