WiFi Extensions – SWMB Can supply and even Set Up if you wish various Wifi Extensions

SWMB all provide Wifi Extenders and Wifi Powerline Adaptors and can even set these up for you. If you have an external warehouse, or annex or even just want to extend your Wifi outside you can use an external Outdoor Wifi Access Points and Clients.


What are WiFi Extenders?

Wi-Fi extenders catch a wireless signal and then rebroadcast it, helping to strengthen the signal from a router on a different floor of a house or on the opposite side of a building. It should be noted that they can also drag down your network’s performance.

A repeater uses half its internal antennae to receive a wireless signal and the other half to transmit a new signal – effectively halving the potential speed of the device’s network connection.

This shouldn’t be that noticeable for light web browsing, email, etc, but can be felt when streaming video or moving files around the network. That’s why we prefer Powerline for the more demanding tasks. However, Powerline adaptors will only work on ONE single Electrical supply in the house.

Wi-Fi extenders share the bandwidth with the router. Wi-Fi speeds are slower because it’s sharing the data between the router and the extender, whereas the Powerline simply acts as a single device (not sharing the bandwidth) and so you get stronger signals.

The Wi-Fi extender needs to be placed in a central location, not too far away from the main router. If you put the repeater at the far edge of your main network hoping to strengthen the signal you will reduce the speed of your connection to the rest of the network and to the internet.

Remember that the extender is just boosting the signal. If it’s placed in a weak-Wi-Fi spot then it will merely push around that weak signal. Place it in an area with better Wi-Fi and the signal it pushes out will be stronger, too.

The ideal location for a range extender is halfway between your main router and the intended wireless devices – in an open corridor or spacious room rather than a crowded space. It should be away from interfering devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth gadgets, and microwave ovens.

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What are Powerline Adaptors?

A Powerline network is essentially a wired network with (mostly) hidden wires. Let’s say that you have your broadband router in the hallway and a smart Samsung HD TV in the living room. Let’s also say that this particular telly isn’t wireless-enabled, so the only way that you can enjoy catch-up TV on it is to trail an Ethernet cable from the router, down the hallway, and across the living room floor to the TV. You try to hide the cable with a big rug. It doesn’t work.

The Powerline solution is less visible − a ‘no new wires’ approach. You buy a basic kit, which comes with two Powerline adapters and two short Ethernet cables. You connect one of the Ethernet cables to your router and to the first of the adapters. Then you plug it into the nearest power socket. You click the second Ethernet cable into the back of the HD TV and into the second adapter. You plug the second adapter into the nearest power socket.

And that’s it. The adapters auto-detect each other (no drivers, no lengthy configuration process) and auto-connect, enabling data packets to whizz from the router to the TV, travelling along the Ethernet cable, into the first adapter, across the electrical wiring in the walls, out into the second adapter and into the TV. The newest Powerline products now support Gigabit-class networking.






Why use Powerline networking?

If you’ve already got a wireless hub, you might not see the point of incorporating Powerline adapters into your home network. But the technology has several advantages over Wi-Fi, namely consistent speeds, reliability, security and ease-of-use.

Powerline is a bridging technology, often useful for extending the reach of a home network to places where your wireless coverage is poor, or where you need the fastest connection possible − a games console, perhaps, or an Apple TV. It’s also ideal for connecting old devices to the Internet that don’t have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, avoiding cluttering up your living room with a tangle of Ethernet cables. Powerline is a neat and effective networking solution.

Powerline technology is arguably more secure than a wireless network too. As data is sent across the copper wiring in your home, it can’t be hacked or misused from the outside. Modern Powerline kit also encourages you to password protect your adapters, adding an extra layer of protection.

By far the most common configuration we are ask to do, is a the following for 2-5 bedroom houses

You will need a base terminal, a Wifi extension (for two/ three rooms) and two non-Wifi extensions (for more than three rooms). This way your Powerline software will identify all extensions correctly. This is the best way to utilise the system you have and give you fast spends around your house all with two ethernet ports each, although the base unit has three ethernet ports. Please contact us for more details.


What is an access point?

An access point is a device that creates a wireless local area network, or WLAN, usually in an office or large building. An access point connects to a wired router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable, and projects a Wi-Fi signal to a designated area. For example, if you want to enable Wi-Fi access in an area like an annex or warehouse or office and run an Ethernet cable from the main router to the access point device.



What is Outdoor WiFi?

Outdoor WiFi is simply when WiFi access is provided outside of a building. Outdoor WiFi is usually used as an extension of the internal wireless LAN network of an organisation, to give users a continuous WiFi service. Typically, scenarios for outdoor WiFi include the outdoor areas of a business, warehouses, annexes, schools, holiday parks and hotels. Distances, Throughputs & Frequencies Outdoor WiFi operates in the 2.4 or 5GHz frequency and can achieve theoretical throughputs of up to 1.7Gbps – true throughputs depend mainly on client devices and the quality of the wireless access point. Outdoor (and indoor) APs are often deployed with “sectored antennas” focusing the wireless coverage onto a specific area thus providing a stronger and faster WiFi connection.

TP-LINK’s 2.4GHz 300Mbps 9dBi Outdoor CPE, the CPE210 is dedicated to cost effective solutions for outdoor wireless networking applications. With its centralized management application, it is flexible and ideal for point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and outdoor Wi-Fi coverage applications. Professional performance, coupled with user-friendly design, makes CPE210 an ideal choice for both business and home users.

All of our Router’s and Wifi Repeaters/Extenders/Powerline Adaptors/Access Points are all Dual AC Routers. But what is? Please read . [Link] See our Wifi explained in our technical section of the website.

Most modern Tablets, iPads, Androids Phones, iPhone, Windows 10 PC’s and Macs have a dual AC adaptor. If you see a “5G” option when connecting to the Router this is the wifi operating at 5Ghz frequency which is generally faster as it has less interference with standard 2.4Ghz Wifi
If you PC or Mac doesn’t have an AC adaptor and you would like to connect to all wifi devices through the 5Ghz protocol. This is not to be confused with 4G internet. This stands for 4th Generation.

TP Link Archer T4U V2

  • AC1300 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
  • Ultra-fast 1300 (867+400)Mbps wireless speed with 802.11ac
  • Dual Band connections for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 port—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
  • Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
  • High gain external antennas deliver enhanced reception and transmission performance
  • Equipped with a USB Cable for flexible deployment