Looking for a way to extend your home’s Wi-Fi signal to your RV parked in the back yard? Here’s a report from a homeowner writing for theAtlantic.com on the Belkin Wi-Fi Range Extender that may help you out.
In our house, the broadband cable comes in on the top floor of one corner of the house, which conveniently is where my office also is. (Why cable connection on the top floor? It is fed straight over from a telephone pole.) But a Wi-Fi router placed up there sends a signal that doesn’t reach the lower floors and the other side of the house, which is where we are a lot of the time. And placing the Wi-Fi router anyplace else would mean snaking Cat 5 cable down the stairway and through other rooms, which my wife has informed me we are not going to do.
Over the years I’ve tinkered with various solutions but the solution I’ve recently tried is by far the simplest: the Wi-Fi Range Extender from Belkin, for $65 – $75.
The extender works by taking your existing Wi-Fi signal and re-propagating it to cover more of the house. Our existing dual-band router now sends out two signals, which I’ll call Network1 and Network2. Nerds will know that one is 2.4GHz and one is 5GHz. The extender creates two new Wi-Fi signals, let’s say Network1_xt and Network2_xt, which are broadcast from its new location. You just need to place it close enough to the original router to receive its signal — and close enough to the now-uncovered areas to extend coverage to them.
Less than five minutes after I opened the box, no joke, the new gizmo was running*, and the two new networks extended coverage to all parts of our house.