A wireless router is responsible for handling all of the data that flows in and out of your home. Choosing the best one for you depends on many factors, including the size and layout of your home. In this guide, we explain what you need to consider when shopping for a new router.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:12 – How a Router Works
00:29 – Traditional Router or Mesh Network
01:39 – How a Mesh Network Works
02:12 – WiFi Extender
02:43 – Router Tips
03:25 – Router Security
2:18 hmm, I think what they’re describing here is a WiFi repeater (which is wireless). A range extender is wired, and doesn’t cut the signal in half.
uhh, this is wireless https://www.cdw.com/product/TP-Link-RE220-Wi-Fi-range-extender/6071428?cm_cat=bing&cm_ite=6071428&cm_pla=NA-NA-TP-Link_WI&cm_ven=acquirgy&ef_id=X3INqQAABMDfSPFM:20200928162201:s&s_kwcid=AL!4223!10!73323899492184!73323861206092
There isn’t a hard definition for a repeater or extender, however both are different from a mesh network. If you have Ethernet cables running through your house, then you can get faster wireless speeds by hooking up an extender/repeater. However, you can also get faster wireless speeds by setting them up all over the place. A mesh network would be a better option at this point because it would be cheaper than having a bunch of range extenders. If you have strong wifi, but there’s a small dead zone, then a range extender would be the most economical option.
Oh snap here’s the article they’re probably referencing. If you’re using a single band repeater than yes, you lose 50% of the speed. https://www.waveform.com/pages/wifi-booster-repeater-extender-differences
“combo modem router” is known as a Gateway. If you are stuck with your Gateway don’t get a Router and get a Wireless Mesh instead and set it for AP (Access Point) mode. Disable Wi-Fi on your Gateway.