Q: HOW CAN YOU PLACE YOUR EXTENDER TO YOUR ROUTER IN THE MOST PERFECT SPOT TO GET THE BEST WIFI FROM FAR AWAY?
A: The only proper way to use an extender is to connect it to the home base station via Ethernet. In this way you will realize full speed from the extender from up to 100 meters from the base station (or more if using a switch or other Ethernet extender).
If using an extender with only a Wifi connection to the base station, you are dramatically reducing overall throughput. Think about it like this:
- Assuming the base station is current generation and can support 1300Mbs.
- At approximately 100m straight line of sight, the signal degrades to around 2–12Mbs.
- If you place a current generation extender at this point, and a computer close to the extender, your device will read 1000–1300Mbs for Wifi, but that is only reading between the computer and extender. In reality, the extender is only getting 2–12Mbs to home.
- It’s worse than even this. Because your overall throughput is degraded even further because of the firemen brigade between your computer to the extender to the home base station.
Hardware the extender to the base station, almost completely remove network problems, and get your full available bandwidth.
As an aside, my favorite prosumer/small business base station is the ASUS RT-AC5300. This beast has beat all other units in our test for overall throughput and transmission distance. It also includes Trend Micro anti malware and penetration detection.
For the extender, I'm most fond of the ASUS RP-68U unit. It supports a full 1900Mbs over 802.11ac, fully matching the base station listed above.