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Difference between WiFi Repeater and WiFi Extender

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  • Last Updated : 10 Jul, 2020

1. WiFi Repeater :
A WiFi Repeater connects to WiFi network wirelessly and re-broadcast the signal. It just like a relay system which connects to our WiFi network and rebroadcasts the signal to larger area of our home/office where we have a poor connection or weak signal. WiFi repeaters are easier to set up and configure because it can be placed anywhere in home, even if there is no wired network port. It is often referred to as a network repeater. This helps to boost the wireless signal strength where the signal strength is weak. That’s why it is also called as WiFi Signal Repeater.

2. WiFi Extender :
A WiFi Extender connects to Wired network through a wired connection may be Ethernet or coaxial cable to connect to router. But now a days newer WiFi Extenders don’t require these. It helps in extending the home/office network to cover more area. Once it is setup and connected then we can move it as per our requirement where ever we want a better WiFi signal. Mainly it boosts the range of existing WiFi and creates a stronger signal in the poor coverage areas. That’s why it is also called as WiFi Range Extender.

Difference between WiFi Repeater and WiFi Extender :

S.No.WiFi RepeaterWiFi Extender
01WiFi Repeater re-broadcasts the signal in weaker signal areas means existing signal strength is weak.WiFi Extender extends the range of existing network coverage area and creates a bigger network coverage area.
02It is also known as WiFi Signal Repeater.It is also known as WiFI Range Extender.
03It boosts the signal of WiFi strength of the existing network in the weaker signal areas without the availability of wired port.It uses a wired connection port to connect with the existing network for extending the range of your WiFi.
04WiFi repeater is more cost-effective than a WiFi extender.WiFi extender is not cost-effective like WiFi repeater.
05Setup and configuration of WiFi Repeater is quite easy than that of WiFi Extender.Setup and configuration of Wifi Extender is also easy but not as easy as a WiFi Repeater.
06By the use of WiFi repeater the Bandwidth may not stays at its full potential as the devices are connected wirelessly.By the use of WiFi extender the Bandwidth stays at its full potential as the device is connected through wired connection.
07WiFi repeaters are not more expensive than WiFi extenders.WiFi extenders are usually more expensive than WiFi repeaters.
08We should use WiFi repeater when when we need strong and reliable connection from router if there is the router and repeater distance is less and no obstacle comes in between them.We should use WiFi extender when we need same strong and reliable connection from router.

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