Configure a Wi-Fi Signal Repeater  Guide ▷ 2020

It is very common to arrive at a place in our house, or an office in the company, that the Internet signal is not received correctly. This is due to the distance between the router and the device we want to connect.

In order to find a solution to this problem, repeaters are installed to obtain certain advantages. Another solution found for these cases is install an additional router that works as a repeater, but this must have certain characteristics that we have to take into account when incorporating.

To do this, in this article you will find all the necessary information about the requirements and how to configure a router to act as a repeater. We will also talk about how to make our WiFi network run as fast as possible.

What is a repeater and what are the benefits of using it to boost my WiFi signal?

What is a repeater and what are the benefits of using it to boost my WiFi signal

Routers work on two frequencies, which each have a different range level.. Those with a low frequency, 2.4 GHz, can reach distances of up to 30 meters in a very efficient way, while those with a slightly higher frequency, those of 5GHz, reach shorter distances.

To solve this problem, there are in the technology market “WiFi repeaters”, which are equipment that is directly connected to an electrical input and can relay the signal from the router.

Another way to increase the signal and power of the wireless network, is to incorporate a mesh to our WiFi through the configuration of an access point that is by a router. But, we will see this topic later.

Next, we detail the benefits that are obtained when we install a WiFi signal repeater:

Greater Internet coverage

Let’s not forget that, to measure the distances mentioned, we have to contemplate all the electromagnetic fields that can interfere with the signal. Therefore, our WiFi network does not reach places many times, becoming an unstable and weak signal.

Thanks to the implementation of repeaters we can solve these problems, since we will be able to go “Avoiding all interferences” or simply increase the coverage radius.

Retransmits in 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequency

Broadcasts on 2.4 GHz and 5GHz

Usually there are 2 kinds, those who work with WiFi N, where the frequency will always be 2.4 GHz and WiFi AC types, where they work with both frequencies. We will achieve in this way, not having any limitation regarding the speed or choice of frequency channels.

Simple installation

One of the most prominent points, by which users turn to the acceptance of this technology, is that its installation is very simple and no advanced technological knowledge is required to carry it out, we simply have to connect it to an electrical input and it does not require extra cables.

Also, another very simple step is the configuration.

Antennas

Although it is true that they do not need these because they have integrated antennas, we can have the advantage in some models, of pointing them to specific places greatly increasing your work.

Indicator lights

To improve the efficiency of a repeater, we can check with the indicator lights that it brings a reception signal, in this way we will be able to increase the efficiency of the retransmission and not cause a counterproductive effect.

Can I use any router as a repeater? What requirements must you meet?

In many houses there are old routers stored without any use. A very good idea is to use these devices to work as WiFi repeaters and create a mesh network.

But, not just any team can fulfill this function. For this, we need them to have the following requirements:

  • May you be prepared to receive the Internet signal and to be able to broadcast it.
  • Do not conflict with the server router in terms of safety. That is, it cannot be attacked by accessing sites that were made through the amplifier.
  • Must take into account your installation cost is minimal, as well as maintenance.
  • The server router don’t dedicate too many resources for the attention of the new repeater.
  • Think about the total space that is dedicated to its installation, that is, be as minimal and as aesthetic as possible.
  • That there is a facility for connection, either by Ethernet cable or WiFi.
  • The security protocols are compatible with all of the network especially those who may have WPA2.

What are the main WiFi signal problems that I can solve with a repeater?

Once we have installed a repeater we will find different benefits, which we mention below:

We expand the coverage area

It is, perhaps, the main objective of installing a repeater. With this type of implementation, we can reach places in our home or company where we could not do it before in an efficient way. This will improve our experience as users and the possibility of performing different tasks will be increased, for example, watching videos.

We increase signal stability

Another logical benefit is that, for those places where the signal was intermittent due to its distance from the router, with the new device this will definitely change, since the frequency of the signal will be stable and constant.

We improve connection speed

A highly sought advantage is to increase the internet upload and download speed. With this new mesh network system, we will be able to increase several Mpbs, depending on the service contracted with our operator.

Steps to configure a WiFi switch and connect to the best signal automatically

In order to configure a WiFi switch, the steps will be according to the characteristics and brands of the router that we want to use as a repeater. In this case we will take as an example a router brand Tp-Link.

This guide does not vary much according to another brand, the important thing we want to highlight are the general steps that exist.

In order to configure a WiFi switch we will do these steps:

We return to factory settings

The first thing we have to do is put all the values ​​of the router that we want to configure as an access point factory default, for this we will have pressed the button for a few seconds “Reset”.

We connect Ethernet cables

Next, we connect the router that will serve as a repeater to our computer, through a cable that enters an Ethernet port.

We enter the router

We enter the router

We enter the router software with our browser by typing in the address bar “192.168.1.1”.

We will then write the name and password that comes by default from the factory. If we do not know it, it is usually located with a sticker under the router or we can search for it on the internet. For this router model the user is “Admin” and the password is “Admin” or “1234”.

DHCP configuration

We carry out these steps:

  • Once we are in the configuration panel we will have to go to “DHCP” and we will select “DHCP Settings”.
  • We deactivate the DHCP option.
  • We click on “To accept”.

We add the IP to the device

We do this procedure:

  • We enter the configuration panel again and choose “Network”.
  • We look for the option “LAN”.
  • We add a IP adress that does not conflict with the router.

We restart the router

At this time we will have to restart the device and follow this guide:

  • We go to the panel on the left and select “Wireless”.
  • We choose the frequency with which the server router works.
  • We activate the options “Enable SSID Broadcast” Y “Enable WDS Bridging”.
  • We select “Survey” so that the system automatically fills in all the data about Mac address, SSID, and Key Type.

We make the definitive connection

We will follow these indications:

  • A list will appear with all the WiFi connections possible near us, we choose the one we want to expand coverage.
  • We select “Connect”.
  • We write the password to access that wireless network.

Tips to configure your WiFi network so that your Internet flies at the speed of light

Once we have made router configuration with the repeater many times we do not obtain the results we want so our Internet speed remains low.

So that this does not happen and to be able to have a WiFi network with good speed we have to keep in mind the following tips:

  • Try, as far as possible, that the connection between the two routers be made by Ethernet cable, always taking care that there are no WAF conflicts.
  • Do not move the relay equipment too far away from the server router, so that the signal stability is correct.
  • Configure both router with security that allows unauthorized persons to enter the wireless network.
  • Make a correct configuration to prevent us from entering repeater router network, but that we take the Internet signal directly from the server.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will also be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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