How does a WiFi booster work?

If you’re struggling with the signal in your household, a WiFi booster (also referred to as a WiFi extender) can help increase coverage.

A WiFi booster is a device that extends your WiFi signal across your home. This is great if you have areas within your home which have a weaker signal. To extend your signal, a booster is placed in between a ‘dead zone’ (an area with weak signal) and the router. The extender picks up this signal and rebroadcasts it to more areas of your home, so your devices have a faster WiFi connection.

WiFi boosters offer the same level of security as your WiFi router. Also, when you set up your booster you’ll be able to set a password for using the device, just like with your router.

Do WiFi boosters work?

WiFi boosters do work but their effectiveness depends on some factors:

  • The speed of your internet: If your signal is slow in the room the router is located in, a booster won’t be able to fix this, and you may need a faster plan

  • The distance from your router: Each booster will have a WiFi range it can extend to. If your home is particularly big you may need multiple boosters

  • How many people are connected: If there are a lot of people connected, the slower your connection will be

There are lots of different types of boosters available. Some can extend higher speeds, have moveable antennas, or have a mesh design for a better range. There are also devices called Wireless Access Points (WAPs) which are connected to your router via a wire. These aren’t portable but offer better reliability and a faster speed.

We would recommend researching what booster is right for your home.

How to connect your WiFi booster

Your new booster should come with instructions. They’re all different but you can usually set them up with your laptop or mobile phone. A lot of boosters have their own dedicated mobile app where you can see how many devices are connected and update the booster’s passwords.

If you’re a Vodafone customer with a Vodafone booster, you can follow our set up guide

Best Vodafone WiFi booster for home

If you’re looking to switch to Vodafone, our Pro II Broadband plan offers everything you need for the best coverage. Pro II offers the UK’s fastest WiFi technology throughout the home, powered by WiFi 6E which brings more bandwidth and faster speeds. Pro II comes with our Super WiFi 6E Booster which provides guaranteed coverage and reliability throughout the home – or you can leave your contract for free. Learn more about Pro II Broadband

Looking to learn more ways you can improve your internet speed? Read our article to learn more

Frequently asked questions

You should plug in your WiFi booster in a place that’s halfway between your WiFi router and the area you’re trying to extend signal to. However, you’ll need to make sure that the place is still in range of the router, otherwise, your booster will struggle to receive the signal from the router.

You can also improve the performance of your booster by placing it on a similar level to your router, facing it towards your router, and moving it away from obstacles or walls. If it has an antenna, make sure it’s facing upwards vertically.

There isn’t a difference. Both mean a device that’s used to increase the coverage of a WiFi network.

When you set up your WiFi booster, you should be prompted to set up security measures, including a password. Make sure you set these up, otherwise, your connection will be open for anyone to access. Every booster has different settings, so make sure to check the manual.

It’s up to you – you can switch it off if it’s not in use. If you leave it on, it will use very little power and shouldn’t make a big impact on your electricity bill.

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