If you are living in a large home, or in an apartment with thick walls or lots of interfering devices, you may have noticed that the quality of your wireless connection may not be as good as advertised. Sometimes, it won’t even cover the whole living area which can be a big issue for you if you want to have access in all areas of your home.Say you love to use a laptop or tablet PC in the garden, but the garden area is not covered by your wireless router.
What can you do about that? You could get a Wifi repeater, another router with a better antenna, or Netgear’s soon to be released WiFi Booster for Mobile.
Here is how the device works. Once you have bought the wireless booster for $39.99, you can plug it into a power outlet in your home. From there, it is a matter of turning it on, and configuring the repeater in a web browser of choice. Once configured, it repeats the WiFi signal of the rooter so that additional space is covered by the signal. If you are using a Netgear router with the Push ‘n’ Connect feature, installation is even easier as you only need to press the buttons on the router and the WiFi Booster device to establish the connection.
According to Netgear, WiFi Booster for mobile is compatible with routers from other manufacturers as well, making it universally usable.
Since it has not been released yet, we do not know the device’s full specs yet. This includes the range that its antenna covers or the encryption standards it supports. While not explicitly mentioned, it is very likely that it will work with all kinds of devices, and not only mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
The Netgear WiFi Booster for Mobile is expected to be available this summer.