As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, more Australians than ever are working and learning from home, triggering a rapid uptake of new forms of digital communication.  High-speed reliable internet connectivity is no longer a discretionary item, it is an essential utility for every Australian home.  

Streaming and video conferencing technologies (aka Zoom) place increased demands on bandwidth and latency in your network. When your Wi-Fi signal strength is weak or inconsistent, these digital communication tools, that we have come to depend upon, can be rendered useless. Wi-Fi is regarded as the default solution for indoor internet access and our expectations are that once NBN is installed and the router turned on, we will be able to connect seamlessly.  Unfortunately, in many cases these expectations are unrealistic. Ensuring that your internet is able to support the demands placed upon it by rapidly evolving digital communications functionality is critical. 

Many of us would benefit from a Wi-Fi boost at home or work, and that is where Wi-Fi extenders come in. A Wi-Fi extender may also be called a mesh unit, a bridge or a range extender. Whatever you call it, it’s simply a secondary networking device that works with your existing router to give you better internet service right where you need it. Here’s what you need to know before making the purchase.


Factors that affect the quality of your Wi-Fi signal

Consider a family home or commercial property smaller than a few hundred square metres, there are various factors that can impede a clear Wi-Fi signal:


What can I do to improve my signal strength?

The good news is there are several ways to improve your Wi-Fi signal, so you can rely on it to work where you need it.


What is a Wi-Fi Extender?

A Wi-Fi extender may also be called a repeater, booster or range extender. Whatever you call it, it’s simply a secondary networking device that works with your existing router to give you better internet service. On the most basic level, a Wi-Fi extender does literally that, a device that rebroadcasts your Wi-Fi signal from your wireless router to help it reach further than it can on its own. In essence, a Wi-Fi extender acts like a networking bridge, increasing your coverage and speeds to levels beyond the router’s capabilities alone. Most home and office coverage issues can be resolved quickly and affordably with this simple solution.

How Do Wi-Fi Extenders Work?

Answering the question of how Wi-Fi extenders work is not perfectly straightforward. Different types of Wi-Fi extenders work in different ways:


When Should You Consider a Wi-Fi Extender?

You should consider a Wi-Fi extender where there are dead zones or other connectivity problem areas in your house or at your workplace. These can be caused by electrical equipment, appliances, building materials, structures and structural elements and even external interferences. They can also be caused just by the distance itself.  Basic Wi-Fi extenders are fantastic for your average two- or three-story home and are a great solution for businesses such as restaurants, cafes or bars that have multiple seating areas, occupy several floors, and especially for those that have heavy-duty kitchen equipment that can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal.  More robust bridge and radio plus dish extenders work well for larger properties or for locations with a high level of interference. These are especially important for service providers, government, public safety agencies and critical infrastructure operators.


Get In Touch

National Wireless offers a range of Wi-Fi extender solutions, from the most basic plug-and-play products to an engineered solution for the most complex and business-critical scenarios.  If you need to increase your on-site productivity or support your employees who have transitioned to work-from-home arrangements, by optimising home or office Wi-Fi signals, get in touch. We can help you find the solution that fits your needs.