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Wifi network is another most common network widely used today. It is commonly found in airports, banks, malls, etc. I had seen many people prefer to setup a wifi network in their office rather going with traditional cable connection which adds cost to hardware. Wifi are a better and cheaper alternative for your own personal network. The best example I can give is of Universities which uses encrypted network and publish hotspot. Public hotspot is a kind of free internet zone where users can just connect without providing any authentication while encrypted needs permission before accessing the network. After a couple of incident which has affected public security all networks are encrypted. It is the best practice to follow. Wifi are common network and can be hacked if not secured properly. Today, routers come with inbuilt firewall support and other than this there are tons of third party security tools which can do this work. Now the issue appears when you are setting up a wifi in your office and users are not able to access the network after a particular range.

To fix this out your are advices to setup another device at a distance. This device can be a another router or your personal lan setup. But why to go for complicated procedure if you have devices like wi-fi boosters. This boosters are specially designed to extend your wifi range from the existing limit. They not only increase the wifi range but also offer you to extend your wifi network beyond your regular limits. Anyhow I recommend going for a wifi booster instead of setting up a new device and then interconnecting them to share my internet.

Other than sharing the wifi it is also recommended that you must do this on a high speed internet connection. Because once the connection is accessed and shared by many there are possibilities that some of the user will face low speed. So it is also important to keep in mind that you should use a good net connection. A wifi network is helpful everywhere. In your home, office, factory, institute, etc. It removes the issue of connecting a device with cable to the network. The user just needs to turn on the wifi on his device and share data. There are some easy points which I had listed below. This points are helpful to boost wifi signals. Other than this I had listed some of the top models below which will help you to determine a better wifi signal. Boosters are not costly but a good add-on for your existing network. They are equipped with better broadcasting hardware which boosts the network to higher range. Have a look on the below list.

Top Wi-fi Boosters :

1. ZyXEL WAP3205


Features :
  • 802.11n with Data Transfer Rate of up to 300 Mbps*
  • Backward Compatibility with the 802.11b/g Standard
  • Easy to Extend the Wireless Network Coverage
  • WPS Button for Quick and Easy Wireless Security Setup
  • Secure Wireless Communications with WEP/WPA/WPA2
Specification :
  • 802.11b/g and 802.11n draft
  • 5-in-1 modes, including Access Point, WLAN Client, WLAN Bridge, WDS Repeater, and Universal Repeater.
  • Wireless Security: 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) & Mac Address Filtering
  • Multiple SSID & Channel Auto Scan
  • IGMP snooping v1/v2
  • Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Support & Wireless Scheduling
  • Output Power Management & Remote Management
  • Diagnostic Logs
  • LAN: Two 10/100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 connectors with auto MDI/MDIX support
  • Two 2dBi external removable antennas
  • WPS Button
ZyXEL WAP3205 offers you to work with network with the most latest technology converted. It enhances and boosts the coverage of your wifi network. It offers you a much faster wifi connectivity than your regular router. It works with 11g networks. You can easily achieve a data transfer rate upto 300 mbps via this router. Compared to regular 11g network it is found that this network is 6 times faster. Other than this it is much easier to have high definition video streaming through this booster. It also supports connection and high-definition video streaming no matter where you are at home, and better yet, it also works with your existing. You can add up multiple devices to ZyXEL WAP3205. It comes with Ethernet ports. Other than this it also offers you built in Universal Repeater mode to boot your internet access more. You can purchase this for home and office work. It comes with one touch wps button which allows you to enable wifi security with single press. The network setup with this easy and less time consuming. There is no complicated procedure involved here to setup your network.

ZyXEL WAP3205 User Guide

2. Trendnet TEW-637AP (Version v3.0R)


Features :
  • 300Mbps Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader
  • Don´t throw away your existing wired or wireless router, upgrade it to high speed wireless n
  • No setup required-just plug it into your existing router
  • Up to 50% energy savings with GREENwifi technology
  • Secure Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) at the touch of a button
Specification :
  • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, 802.3u and 802.3
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN port
  • Power, LAN, WPS, and Wireless
  • 12 V DC 0.5A external power adapter
  • 120 x 26 x 88 mm (4.7 x 1.0 x 3.4 in)
  • 145 g (5.11oz)
  • OFDM with BPSK ,DQPSK , CCK , BPSK, QPSK, 16/64QAM with OFDM
  • Enable/Disable Wireless Distribution System support
  • MAC Address Filter (Up to 64 entries)
  • 2 x 2dBi external fixed dipole antennas
  • Frequency - 2.412 -2.484GHz
  • Data Rate : 802.11n: up to 300Mbps / 802.11g: up to 54Mbps / 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
  • Output Power : 802.11b: 18dBm (typical) @ 11Mbps / 802.11g: 15dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps / 802.11n: 11dBm (typical)@ 300Mbps
  • Receiving Sensitivity : 802.11b: -84dBm (typical) @ 11mpbs / 802.11g: -72dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps / 802.11n: -68dBm (typical) @ 300Mbps
  • 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 RADIUS, WPA/WPA2-PSK
  • Channel - 1-11 (FCC) 1-13 (ETSI)
Trendnet TEW-637AP is another cheap alternative for wifi network connectivity. It is a nice booster which offers you wps button. This is common in many boosters Other than this booster is equipped with 2x 2dBi fixed antennas for better signal strength. So here you can assume that this booster offers you a upgraded version of antenna. It works with IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, & 802.11b standards. Like most router it also offers a 300mbs data transfer rate. But that is applicable to IEEE 802.11n standard. It is high performance booster that can be plugged with your existing router and work nicely. It also offers a low power usage.

Below of better access point this can be a ideal solution for your home and office use. This comes in top of affordable boosters in the market. At a time you can broadcast upto 4 SSIDs with various wifi encryption support. The booster also supports wds to extend a wifi network for higher range. It has support for WPA2-RADIUS. All in all this is one of the most reliable booster available in the market. It offers 100 meters of indoor and 300 meters of outdoor coverage.

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Re: Top Wi-Fi Boosters

3. Netgear WN2000RPT


There are two models under this series. The first is WN2000RPTv2 and second is WN2000RPTv1. This is universal wifi boosters and extender. Universal means this booster is compatible with any network. The only this divides lack is low range. They operate on 2.4Ghz frequency. I will not say it is really a worst product. It is good all you can expect from this is a mid range support. It comes with built in setup which offers easy to config the extender. Other than this also offers a simple setup. It can work with both client and router setup and easy to manage. For a home use I will recommend this but you must not really expect much from this. The product is also a bit outdated. The only reason to mention them is that there is less issue of configuration. Anyhow it is found that it works best from close range. It is placed a longer distance then your wifi network can be affected.

4. Linksys WRE54G WiFi Booster


Linksys WRE54G WiFi Booster is another best way to extend your wireless network coverage. It save wiring costs. No wired connection to your network necessary. You can extend your wireless signal in inaccessible areas. It is compatible with devices Networking Wireless G and B. You can extend the reach of your wireless network! The signal booster Linksys Wireless-G is a simple way to extend coverage of your wireless network. The addition of a standard access point to the network to extend the reach is pointless because the signal booster wireless G does not need data cable for the connection. Just lay it in the coverage area of your main access point or wireless router to "bounce" the signals out to remote wireless devices. This method of "relay station" or "repeater" saves wiring costs and helps create wireless network infrastructure by extending the signals to the places most remote and inaccessible areas where wireless coverage is spotty and cabling is difficult. The Range Expander is ideal for covering large areas in multistory homes, warehouses, "places of public wireless", as well as developed areas. Wherever more coverage is required for your wireless network.

The Wireless Range Expander is compatible with G Access Point WAP54G Linksys, as well as wireless routers WRT54G and WRT54GS. Compatibility with customers wireless G and B allows you to enjoy optimal coverage, even when using a mixed network. Feel free to extend the effective coverage of your wireless network with the wireless signal booster G.

5. Linksys Wireless N USB Network Adapter WUSB300N


Wireless USB-PC Adapter Linksys Wireless-N USB Adapter (WUSB300N) will work in a high-speed wireless network from any PC. Power is via USB-cable. Also available up to 256-bit encryption. This is a usb dongle which can be used with your existing device. It is just a addon to extend your wifi network and other can share the same. It is not really a high range product but recommended for individual devices. This is just a instant solution for easy network sharing.
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Re: Top Wi-Fi Boosters

6. Linksys RE1000


Features :
  • Also works as a bridge to instantly connect wired devices to your network.
  • Easily increase the range of your current wireless router and network.
  • The Linksys RE1000 works seamlessly with all b/g/n Wi-Fi devices so you can connect all of the computers and devices around your home. For best performance, pair with any Wireless-N router.
  • Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys RE1000 provides reliable performance. Multiple MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) antennas extend your router's wireless coverage into hard-to-reach areas of your home.
  • Wall outlet or desktop placement options allow you to optimize the location and position of your RE1000 to achieve best possible range and performance.
  • Includes a built-in Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) port, which works as a wireless bridge to instantly connect any wired Ethernet device to your network.
  • QoS traffic prioritization technology is designed to deliver your time-sensitive Internet traffic efficiently so you can enjoy smooth video, music streaming, and gaming performance.
  • The included setup wizard makes installation quick and easy. By recommending the best distance to place the range extender from your router you can achieve optimal coverage and performance. The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (TM) button is designed to make connecting devices to your range extender push-button simple and more secure.
Specification :
  • Wireless-N @ 2.4 GHz
  • IEEE 802.3u, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11n
  • 2 Internal / 1 x 10/100
Thick walls and multiple floors in the house reduce the range of the wireless router or access point. All with the transmitter connected client then just surf via snail's pace or not at all on the Internet. An improvement in such cases to bring equipment that will enhance the existing wireless signal. They are called Wi-Fi extender or repeater and ensure that equipment also engage outside of the reception area into the wireless-network. The Linksys by Cisco RE1000 is how many competing ranges amplifier simply furnished. The inconspicuous, black-gray device simply plug into the socket and calls for the Mac and PC installation software available on Cisco Connect. After entering the wireless password to connect the amplifier to the existing wireless network. A continuously lit Cisco logo on the front panel indicates an active, established connection.

Via browser allows you to make additional settings on the Linksys RE1000. Is the Wi-Fi amplifier is not installed, the front page of the device is automatically called when you are connected to the amplifier from the established radio network. If the router to the device via DHCP has assigned an IP address, one can find this in Windows Explorer menu and right click on the RE1000 icon (on the Mac via Safari and Bonjour) and start the configuration menu.

7. Hawking HW2R1 WiFi Booster


Features:
  • Connects and Repeats any 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Network
  • Dual Smart Radio design allows better receiving distance and efficiently delivers repeated signal
  • Provide Wireless Internet Access to hard to Reach Locations
  • Eliminate Wireless Dead Spots within your Home or Office
  • Easy Setup: Install and Configure in less 2 Minutes
Specification:
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • 2.4000~2.4835GHz
  • Up to 300Mbps
  • 11n:18 ±1.5dBm / 11g:21±1.5dBm / 11b:23±1.5dBm
  • WPA, WPA2, WEP, WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
  • Full Router Security Features: Firewall, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), URL Blocking, Network Address Translation, MAC Address Filtering, IP Address Filtering, Access Control, Denial of Service (DoS)
  • Antenna: 1 x 3dBi Omni-Directional Antenna / Antenna: 2 x External 3dBi Omni-Directional Antennas
  • Broadband Router Features: DHCP Server, Firewall, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), URL Blocking, QoS (Quality of Service), Virtual Servers/Port Forwarding, Network Address
  • Translation, MAC Address Filtering, IP Address Filtering, Access Control, Denial of Service (DoS), Remote Management
  • Connector: 3 x RJ-SMA Antenna Connectors / 4 x 10/100M Ethernet Ports (LAN) / 1 x 10/100M Ethernet Port (WAN) / Power: 1 x 12v 1A Power Adapter Port / 1 x Reset/WPS Button / 1 x WLAN On/Off Switch
The Hi-Gain Dual Radio Smart Repeater HW2R1 is an advanced Wi-Fi connectivity solution That Receives the signal of Any 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi network and rebroadcasts it locally your home or office within The. The flagship product the HW2R1 is for Hawking's award-winning line of Hi-Gain WiFi Range Extending products. Using two isolated Wi-Fi radios, connects to your HW2R1 the wireless Internet connection desired s, such as a local hot spot Wi-Fi, wireless network neighborhood or office network and repeats the signal via a dedicated 300Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi radio locally. Its users give a rating of very good efficiency., and there are many who share the same opinion. They find it very cheap you will not get any unpleasant surprises if you look at the instructions in the user manual HAWKING HW2R1 before buying.

Conclusion

Maximum models mentioned above offers you similar solution. All you need to look properly is the right feature for your wifi needs. Do not go for low range setup if you want to use it on office or long range setup. Anyhow there is better booster coming up. Many routers come with dual functionality of booster and router and some also support repeater. A repeater is a much if you do not want to go for booster.
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