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Wi-Fi Boosters/Repeaters vs Access Points

Wi-Fi Boosters/Repeaters vs Access Points

An increased demand for internet connectivity and the use of mobile technology has led to many new challenges for businesses and homeowners, who are looking for fast and reliable communication solutions. With web access now needed more remotely for work and leisure, wireless technology has really come into its own.

Occasionally, Wi-Fi issues can arise in the office or at home, leading to users looking for ways to increase connectivity with a range of devices, such as Wireless Access Points (WAP) and Wi-Fi boosters (or repeaters).

A Wi-Fi booster or repeater can extend the reach of an existing Wi-Fi network from your Wi-Fi router. Using the same Wi-Fi signal, the device creates a second network which is broadcast on a seperate channel.

The benefits of Wi-Fi boosters/repeaters include:

  • Cost effective
  • Works with almost all routers
  • Ideal for small spaces
  • No extra cables are needed

However, Wi-Fi boosters/repeaters can also lead to slower connection speeds; as technologies advance they will not be future-proof and they work less well in larger areas, such as workplaces.

A Wireless Access Point (WAP) is a piece of equipment that enables Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired network via a switch or router. Using a dedicated cable, the hardware device emits a wireless signal into a selected space so that multiple devices can be installed througout rooms in large homes or offices. WAPs are effective because they offer secure and reliable Wi-Fi access both indoors and outside – ideal for businesses, their employees and their customers.

The benefits of Wireless Access points include:

  • Can be used by many people in one location
  • Improved signal transmission
  • Guaranteed WiFi coverage
  • Offers a flexible network

However, WAP can be expensive if you have a large site which needs several hardware devices and it also requires an ethernet cable for installation.

Although a Wi-Fi booster/repeater is a simple solution to boost WiFi connectivity, it can only broadcast from an existing Wi-Fi connection. They are a cost effective way to increase wireless network coverage and are easy to install but in general, the connectivity speed is slower. A Wi-Fi booster will also need to be installed in a specific place and close enough to the existing router to pick up an effective internet connection.

A Wireless Access Point (WAP) will provide a Wi-Fi connection with no interruptions, wherever it is installed. The connecting ethernet cable emits power and data (Power over Ethernet or POE), which eliminates the need for any additional electrical connections. With  a higher bandwith, WAP connectivity is fast; it can cover large areas and is suitable for roaming between rooms.

In essence, a Wireless Access Point is the superior option but it really does depend on your unique requirements and your budget. If you need to boost the Wi-Fi signal for a  few users in a small office or at home, a Wi-Fi booster/repeater should help. If you have a large home or a business with many rooms and multiple users, it is worth considering an upgrade to a WAP solution.

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