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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 4:40 PM

ATT Wifi Extenders effective?

I have my gateway in the basement because it allows me to connect to 4 different ports on different floors of my home office via existing Ethernet. However, the wireless coverage is not good on the main and upper floors, even though I have connected ATT Wifi extenders (one on main floor, one on upper floor). I was curious if there is a better way to boost the wifi signal? To me it would seem that if I could connect an extender via Ethernet it would have a much faster signal to broadcast, but the extenders I believe are meant to connect with the gateway wirelessly. Any ideas?

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ACE - Expert

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3 years ago

In your situation I wouldn't use a WiFi extender. Instead I would use a wireless access point. That would plug into one of your Ethernet ports and then be WiFi from there, instead of WiFi both ways trying to stretch out the signal.

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3 years ago

Thanks Juniper. This makes sense. I do have the Google wifi, but it wants to create it's own network and I'd prefer to keep things simple so I can use the network settings from the ATT gateway. I guess the wireless access point you refer to could accomplish this?

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3 years ago

A router would create its own network. A WiFi extender is repeating the existing signal, which of course will have further degregation.

The access point doesn't create a new network. You are essentially adding another antenna to your existing one. Less distance and interference for the WiFi signal since you are using Ethernet most of the way and then WiFi for the last leg for convenience. Just make sure you name each one differently so no confusion which one you are connecting to.

Depends how many devices, what speed your Ethernet is supporting, and what you are using it for on finding one ideal for your setup.

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