What is a Network Repeater?
A network repeater is a device used to expand the boundaries of a wired or wireless (WiFi) local area network (LAN). In the past, wired network repeaters were used to join segments of Ethernet cable. The repeaters would amplify the data signals before sending them on to the uplinked segment, thereby countering signal decay that occurs over extended lengths of wire. Modern Ethernet networks use more sophisticated switching devices, leaving the wireless flavor of the network repeater a more popular device for use with wireless LANs (WLANs) at work and home. WLANs offer tremendous convenience but a drawback of these systems is the limited area covered by WiFi signals. Obstructions and other common electronic devices interfere with and degrade signal strength. This can make it difficult to connect from a basement, back room, or upstairs office, depending on placement of the wireless router and other variables. A wireless network repeater can be the answer. A WiFi network repeater will pick