(Get Your) Legs Down
Independent product review by Richard Easy at (Get Your) Legs down.
'In the week or so that we’ve been using this we have found it invaluable. At our recent Twittercamp meet, five units were able to share one connection – one was even able to use a Now TV box thanks to the strength and stability of the signal. On our current site, my laptop struggles to pick up the site WiFi on it’s own, but through the aerial and router it’s fine – I’ve even been able to upload the video that will accompany this blog. It’s very quickly become an essential part of our caravanning kit as bloggers and I wouldn’t be without it now.'
Article - What is a Wireless Repeater - Sometimes referred to as WiFi Booster, WiFi AP Repeater, Access Point Repeater, WiFi Extender.
A Wireless Repeater is a piece of equipment that takes an existing wireless signal and repeats the signal from the wireless repeater. The cost of having a WiFi repeater is that the signal is halved each time it is ‘repeated’. This means that if you have 100mbps throughput at the point of origin, you will have 50mbps at the first repeat, 25mbps at the second and so on.
Wireless repeaters are best used in open areas where there is less interference from objects as wireless signals, in general, are not great at penetrating through objects or walls.
For providing temporary wireless coverage around your home or to cover a blackspot a wireless repeater is a good solution, however, if you need higher throughput than the repeater will offer you may wish to consider a HomePlug solution.