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Low wireless signal - will a repeater help?

by Booster12 / March 23, 2013 7:12 PM PDT

Hi all,

I have a quick question regarding repeaters. Basically my situation is that I have my router in my office (which has thick brick walls - signal barely makes it through) and the signal in the rest of my apartment is very poor. I usually get near full (4 bars) in the hallway outside my office door, but if I go the living room where I want to install the repeater I am receiving 2 or 3 bars. I just bought a streamer and would like to set it up to my TV but the signal is too low for it work properly. If I move the router/modem into the living room it works fine, so it is clearly a signal problem.

My question is this - if I buy a repeater and set it up near the streamer will it now be seeing 5 bars? But wouldn't it just be repeating the 3 bar signal (so in actuality still be 3 bars disguised as 5)? Do I need to set up the repeater in an area with full bars for it to work properly?

If anyone has any advice for what I can do I would appreciate it


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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 5:35 AM PDT

My question is this - if I buy a repeater and set it up near the streamer will it now be seeing 5 bars?

No. The repeaters are placed -> half way <- between the router and the location that needs WiFi.

But I never use repeaters. I use power line bridges and WAPs. After a while you figure out that repeaters are pretty poor solutions when you want to stream.

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securifi Almond
by DMR440 / March 24, 2013 2:09 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with no.

What about the new range extender booster from Securifi Almond? Maybe my review found here can help? Cool

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We've tried too many.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 3:59 PM PDT
In reply to: securifi Almond

Keep in mind that there is a reason why you dismiss repeaters. Your review did not reveal why the pro's don't use them.


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Securifi Almond
by DMR440 / March 24, 2013 5:20 PM PDT
In reply to: We've tried too many.

my honest guess at best would be the fact that sometimes the there two separate signals that the router sometimes has, one from Almond and the other from the router itself. This could be a little confusing at times. Almond has addressed this with a firmware update according to their review comments on Amazon. As of this time there are nearly 900 reviews on Amazon right now about the Almond, and 700 of those are 5 star comments. I'm no tech expert by any stretch, I hope I have answered your question Bob. Happy

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So here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2013 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Securifi Almond

The speed is reduced by over half on a repeater. That wipes out folk that want to stream.

I'm a bit surprised at your answer. It's close but not what's going on and again you see folk that peddle these things without knowing how they work and where to avoid them.

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