Adding A WiFi Range Extender For Basements To Put An End To The WiFi Dead Zone
You hate it. You walk down the stairs into your basement family room and your internet connection goes dead. This is a common problem experienced in many homes. WiFi signals work great on your main floor, but struggle to penetrate the floor and concrete walls of the basement. Luckily it is easy to fix the problem.
It is easy to fix this issue by using a WiFi range extender for basement areas, but you need to do a little research and work first.
Where Is The Strongest Signal In Your Basement?
Using your phone, or a laptop, try to determine where you get the strongest signal from your existing WiFi network. Can you get a strong signal in a few spots, but no signal other places?
If you locate a spot with a strong signal, that will be the ideal location to put the WiFi extender for basements. Your extender needs to receive a signal from your existing network, so locating the right spot is important.
What If You Have No Signal In The Basement?
If you do not get any signal in the basement you will need to do one of three things:
1. Move your existing WiFi router to improve the basement signal.
2. Add a WiFi extender upstairs to provide better signal strength.
3. Run an Ethernet cable to your basement to use with your new extender.
Ideally, we avoid the third choice, since that takes more work. Try moving your router first and see if that clears up the issue.
How Does A WiFi Extender Work?
A WiFi extender captures the signal from our WiFi router, strengthens it, and then rebroadcasts. It works as a step between you and the router. There are two ways this can work.
The most common method is the extender is seen as a second WiFi network in your home. When you move from the main floor to the basement, your device will switch to the extender’s WiFi network and keep you connected. You will have a slight hiccup as it switches networks.
The second method uses the same SSID (network name) as your existing WiFi network. This makes using the extender transparent. As you move downstairs, it automatically switches to the stronger signal from the extender and you never notice you changed devices. WiFi extenders with this feature cost a little more, but are usually worth it.
What Other Features Should You Look For?
If you want the highest performance for games and streaming video in your basement, you may want an extender that offers MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology. This allows more than one user to use the router at the same time without decreasing performance.
Again, this adds a little to the cost, but if you have a large family using the WiFi in the basement, it is a good investment.
How Much Does A WiFI Range Extender For Basements Cost?
This depends on features and brands, but you can find a low-cost extender for under $20, while high-quality WiFi extenders with advanced features can cost as much as $200. We advise looking for a WiFi extender that supports both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz.
Adding a WiFi extender to your basement will give you great signal strength throughout your basement without needing to drill holes for a cable.