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.
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