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    When using wifi extenders do you lose the Internet connection momentarily as you move from "Router to Extender" and vice-versa?

    Or does it maintain a solid Internet connection seamlessly?


    Thanks in advance for your responses.


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    Curious but why would one want to switch from one to the other? Only thing i can think of is if using a portable device and moving let's say from room to room. In this case it does take a few seconds to disconnect and reconnect so if downloading a file it would be momentarily disrupted............. me thinks

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    The exteder i use my devices see the router and extender as two completely different Wi-Fi connections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird View Post
    Curious but why would one want to switch from one to the other?
    For instance using a smartphone and using wifi calling and/or Whatsapp.

    The reason for the question is that my brother has a large backyard and the wifi signal does not cover all of it. Wanted to know in case using a second router vs a wifi extender would make any difference.

    I have 2 wifi routers and I knew the router route loses the signal in the switch over.
    They are far enough from each other that it´s not important, 2 different houses.

    The router and extender would be too close to each other in my brothers case, thus creating constant switch overs in the house when not needed.

    How to cover the backyard and not cause switch overs while in the house is the problem.

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    If you use the same SSID you shouldn’t lose the connection. Is should smoothly change from one to the other router 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post
    If you use the same SSID you shouldn’t lose the connection. Is should smoothly change from one to the other router 
    I am not a techie but wouldn't you still have a delay disconnecting from one router and connecting to the other?

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    Most wifi network managers will not auto switch to a device providing a stronger signal as you move around. If you move beyond the range of your router and the wifi signal drops, your computer will see the wifi network is available again (via the extender) and connect to it, if it has the same ssid and password as your router. When you go back in the house, you'll need to reconnect to your router if that's what you wish to do.

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    I too lose my signal, for seconds if I go out of range of one WIFI and into another. Increase your buffer value so it will download more info/files/TV in advance of the reconnect.

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    Isn't a wifi antenna hardwired back to the router? Providing a full strength signal further away from the router?
    An extender is not hardwired back to router, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    ......The reason for the question is that my brother has a large backyard and the wifi signal does not cover all of it. Wanted to know in case using a second router vs a wifi extender would make any difference..........
    Here is a thought....... why not get one of the top of the line extenders with a large coverage area and stay connected to the extender when either in the yard or in the house. The range of most ISP routers are very limited compared to a quality extender.

    Something like this claims 14,000 sq. ft. coverage........

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...rodtag23575-20


    Question:

    Does this item clone the network name and password? Can I use more than one simultaneously?



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    Yes either way. It will clone the network name or you can name it separately with a separate password. I prefer the latter so I know which one my device is connected to. You have to remember that this device sets up a whole new WiFi network beyond the range of the base WiFi network.. It doesn't expand the base WiFi network. Also the extended network is half the speed of the base network which usually isn't a problem unless you are moving a lot of data. see less
    By Keith M. on December 7, 2014


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    Last edited by bigbird; 01-14-2018 at 12:01 PM. Reason: added Amazon FAQ

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