How to get better wireless reception in your house
Its design is about half the size of a typical wireless router. The RE1000 has the option to be plugged in to a wall's electrical outlet directly, or with an electrical cable which would allow the range booster to hide under under or behind furniture.
The RE1000, like most range extenders, works by receiving the wireless signal that your router is already sending out and "repeating" the signal, boosting reception from its location. This Linksys model in particular has two antennas for sending out the 802.11a/g/n signals.
It also has an Ethernet port, allowing it to be used as a bridge for connecting gadgets with an Ethernet cable (if they can't connect to the Internet over WiFi).
This feature works great for Blu-Ray players, older gaming consoles and even desktops. It would be nice to have more Ethernet ports here, but that might increase the size of the unit.
While testing out the RE1000 in a loft with thick concrete and brick walls, I was able to get great reception throughout the unit - and even down the hallway. By comparison, with just a router I can only use my WiFi signal in the living room and bedroom.
In a large house, the range extender boosted the speed of the Internet in rooms where a signal barely trickled in.
Set up was fairly easy. All you need is to run the included software, select your existing network and enter in its password (if applicable).
Switching between networks, as I did between the loft and the house, proved tricky but I able to sort everything out by delving in to support documents. But then again, how many times are you moving a range extender anyway?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets