How Does a Wi-Fi Booster Work?


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A wi-fi booster uses Multiple in and Multiple Out technology, also known as MIMO, to receive and boost network signals within a particular area. It consists of numerous radio signal transmitters and receivers that receive network signals from a router and boost its strength and range.

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How Does a Wi-Fi Booster Work?
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Internal wi-fi boosters and the add-on versions also use MIMO technology to boost signal strength between a computer and a router. The antenna of the router is unscrewed and replaced with high powered ones that contain hundreds of transmitters and receivers for improved signal strength and range.

Power-line wi-fi boosters transfer data between the computer and modem through the existing electrical lines. They use USB, Ethernet and wi-fi networks for easier communication between the computer and the network. The electrical lines data transfer system is faster than data sent by wi-fi.

The most common features of a wi-fi booster include a signal light status, power button, setup button, and remote management technology. Wi-fi booster and wireless repeater are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably but the two devices are slightly different. A wi-fi booster helps boost signal strength under a different network name but a wireless repeater boots the signal range using the existing network name; the latter means that there is no need for the user to reconnect to the network at expanded ranges.

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