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How to Setup a Wireless Repeater

Updated March 23, 2017

Many homes and businesses utilise wireless networks in order to share files, printers and an Internet connection. This allows you the freedom to place your devices anywhere in your workspace and eliminates a lot of wire clutter. However, depending on the size of your workspace, as well as any signal interference you might encounter, a wireless repeater might be necessary. A wireless repeater, also known as a Wi-Fi range extender or range expander, allows you to broadcast your wireless signal to a much wider area.

Determine an appropriate location for the wireless repeater. The location of the repeater should be placed in the direction of the out-of-range devices, but within the broadcast range of the primary wireless router.

Plug in the wireless repeater to an electric socket and power the device on.

Enter the configuration menu of your wireless repeater via the manufacturer’s instructions.

Set the Service Set Identifier (SSID) on the wireless repeater to the same SSID found on your wireless router. Additionally, ensure that any wireless security, such as WEP, is set the same on the wireless repeater as on your wireless router.

Save the changes on the configuration menu of the wireless repeater.

Warning

Utilising a wireless repeater increases the range of your wireless network, but also reduces the connection speed. Prior to installing a wireless repeater in your network, ensure that the primary wireless router cannot be moved to a more central location that can reach all wireless devices in your network.

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Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.