How to Extend Wi-Fi in Your Entire House

Those of you who have been fortunate enough to have a large house know how big of a problem this can be sometimes. First of all, you have a lot of space to clean up. Then, Wi-Fi signal can be very weak in certain rooms.

No matter how advanced, Wi-Fi can’t be as fast as a regular, wired Internet connection. And with the newer Cat6A cables, you can easily move data at speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.

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The classical solution that is supposed to fix most Wi-Fi problems is a range extender, and I’ll have to admit that it works. Sometimes. Often times, you won’t get a much stronger signal, though. You’re trying to marry two different devices coming from two different manufacturers, after all. And you’re trying to pick up an already weak signal and amplify it.

Another idea is to use a better Wi-Fi antenna. You’ll need a router with detachable antennas, of course, and maybe some extension cables, but the costs aren’t that big. Not to mention that you can build your own high gain antennas, and the needed materials aren’t expensive at all.

The TCP/IP set of protocols was designed with speed and reliability in mind. If the Wi-Fi card receives a data packet that’s only got a few minor errors, it can correct them on its own. But if the packet has lots of errors, your laptop, tablet or smartphone will ask your router to resend it. So speed may be a priority, but reliability is much higher on the list. Sadly, this translates to lower Internet access speeds.

This problem has caused a lot of trouble for quite some time now, so what are the best options? A few manufacturers have started to design consumer mesh networks a while ago, and Google has recently joined their ranks.

Don’t let the fancy name scare you: a consumer mesh network is just a network that’s created using a few identical devices that are placed in several rooms in your home, being able to broadcast a signal that’s powerful enough to offer a good Wi-Fi experience.

Of course, consumer mesh networks can also be used outside your home. Restaurants, stadiums, clubs, etc can make use of these new technologies as well.

Here are the top providers of consumer mesh network devices for home use.

Eero has the “Finally, Wi-Fi that works” motto. They sell sets of three eeros that work together, providing enough Wi-Fi signal power for a typical home. You can buy a single device if you want to, but that would be the equivalent of your typical router.

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Eero sells its pack of three routers for $500. It’s not cheap, but you will always have to pay extra money for extra quality.

Luma sells a similar product named “Luma Surround WiFi”, which claims to offer fast, reliable Internet access in every room. And judging by its reviews, it manages to do that. Just like the Eero devices, three Luma routers are needed, but they should fix the Wi-Fi problems in your home for good.

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The price for a Luma pack is around $400, and its mobile app is quite advanced, being able to limit Internet access and set rules for all the devices that are connected to your network.

Google has recently joined their ranks, and I’m quite sure that its products will make a serious dent in its competitors’ profits.

The recently announced Google Wifi mesh will cost about $300 for three devices. According to the manufacturer, a three-pack set can cover about 4,500 square feet. And a single device can deliver strong Wi-Fi signal over a surface of up to 1,500 square feet.