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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
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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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