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Boost your WiFi signal

Wifi amplifiers is a collective name for various products. Think of multiroom wifi, powerline adapters or access points. How you strengthen your WiFi signal depends on your personal situation. What kind of house do you live in and where do you want wireless internet? Solutions such as a powerline adapter provide 1 or more extra WiFi points. Multiroom WiFi replaces your router and provides coverage throughout the house.

Where do you want good wireless internet?

Which WiFi extender is suitable for me?

It can be difficult to choose the right WiFi amplifier for your situation. In any case, consider in advance whether or not you want to pull cables. In addition, for some amplifiers you must have network knowledge. Finally you decide whether you want to use the full speed of your connection. Below you will find an overview.

Comparison

Multi-room WiFi Access point Powerline adapter Classic router WiFi repeater
Do you want to expand your network wirelessly? Yes No Yes No Yes
Want to install the extender without expertise about networks? Yes No Yes No Yes
Boost without speed loss? Yes Yes No Yes No

Multi-room WiFi

Multi-room WiFi
  • Easy to connect.
  • You have coverage throughout your home with multiple stations.
  • Even if you have limited coverage, you can easily expand the network.
  • Thanks to the mesh network, the speed won't drop.
  • Walk through your house with a smartphone and stay connected to WiFi the entire time.
  • You don't have to run any network cables.
  • You have less advanced functions than with standard routers.

Powerline adapter with WiFi

Powerline adapter
  • Turn any random socket into a network connector.
  • Powerline adapters are easy to set up.
  • Works using electrical wiring; you don't need network cables.
  • Less suitable for homes with older electrical wiring.
  • You lose 10 to 30 percent of your internet speed.

Access point

Access point
  • Sends the signal via the network cable, so there's no loss of speed.
  • Suitable for the most demanding network tasks, such as online gaming and downloading.
  • Have advanced settings.
  • Not fully wireless; you forward the signal via the network cable.
  • You need network knowledge to install this WiFi amplifier.

Classic router

Network router
  • You have a lot of setting options.
  • It's faster than the modem of your provider.
  • It's suitable for a better WiFi signal on 1 floor.
  • It offers no WiFi coverage in your entire home.
  • You need a network cable to connect the router.

WiFi repeaters

WiFi repeaters
  • You can extend the WiFi signal without setting something up.
  • The WiFi speed is halved when you use a repeater.
  • In a place with poor WiFi, you don't improve the WiFi with a repeater.
  • You can extend the WiFi signal to at most 1 or 2 rooms.

What is the solution for the WiFi problems in my house?

Living situation

If you want to solve a WiFi problem, it's important to first take your living situation into account. In a freestanding house you'll need a WiFi network with a bigger range than in an apartment. You'll need a different solution for watching Netflix on your roof terrace than for wanting to use WiFi in your shed.

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