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Looking for a wifi range extender

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Looking for a wifi range extender

The signal in our backyard is weak and we would like to extend it. Someone recommended the model below. Is this a good extender or is there something better? I am not sure what to look for...thx

https://www.amazon.ca/TP-Link-Extender- ... 04695&th=1
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depends on the yard of course and where you could position the device. But your link is strictly only for indoors. So it can't be exposed to the elements;

But these will work too and half the money

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listing/ ... BRIGYRJ3Q8
https://www.amazon.ca/TP-Link-Extender- ... als&sr=8-3

as for refurb warehouse etc....I only buy refurbs when dealing with networking and have so for years no problems. Amazon accepts returns too on them.
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Range extenders as a rule suck.

The better option is to hardware a 2nd access point.
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death_hawk wrote: Range extenders as a rule suck.

The better option is to hardware a 2nd access point.
Might be fine unless the current AP is as close to outside as possible w/o being outside.

If you do get a wi-fi extended, get one that is dual frequency. Set the repeater so that is uses only one frequency (say 5 Ghz) to communicate with the router/primary wi-fi and uses the other (e.g., 2.4GHz) for device use. This should increase the throughput. Take inside the house when done (save you power).
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I certainly don’t want a wife range extender. In fact, shorter the better Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Winking Eye
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death_hawk wrote: Range extenders as a rule suck.

The better option is to hardware a 2nd access point.
I was about the say the same thing.

An alternate option, is to get an access point and position it in a basement window towards the backyard.
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Mesh > everything else.
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Holystone wrote: I certainly don’t want a wife range extender. In fact, shorter the better Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Winking Eye
I also choose this guy's wife.
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bhrm wrote: Mesh > everything else.
But
Wired > mesh
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Consumer mesh suck. Period.

Unless you have a wired back haul and build a mesh with a controller. I would consider this ROAMing instead of mesh. But everyone calls it mesh
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Holystone wrote: I certainly don’t want a wife range extender. In fact, shorter the better Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Winking Eye

Lol thanks. Fixed it.
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bhrm wrote: You don't want wires in the backyard.
Not dangling from a tree, but buried with an access point hiding somewhere?
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death_hawk wrote: Not dangling from a tree, but buried with an access point hiding somewhere?
Humidity/moisture and electronics generally don't mix together very well.
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thriftshopper wrote: Humidity/moisture and electronics generally don't mix together very well.
That's why you don't put an indoor rated thing outdoors.
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death_hawk wrote: That's why you don't put an indoor rated thing outdoors.
There are outdoor-rated APs but the question is how much?
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thriftshopper wrote: There are outdoor-rated APs but the question is how much?
Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M-US
$120-140 depending on where you get it.
Sameish price as regular Unifis.
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I paid 75 for an eap225 out door. But you don't use these in the city. If you can pick up your ssid good bars blocks away your an a-hole.



I'm sure his neighbors love him and wonder why theres congestion.
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I have an RE650 and I am unimpressed.

It did help a little bit to switch bands when the local bandwidth hog was still in the neighbourhood but it is hard to position to get a good signal. The plug in to the wall socket profile looks convenient but it really isn't.

A strange benefit is that the bus stop is a couple of blocks away and line of sight to my apartment and I can still connect :)

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