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Wireless Extenders and Powerline Adaptors

Two methods of extending your network coverage without extra wires are wireless extenders and powerline adaptors.

Both extend the network in the same way, they both create an additional access point at a different location to your router. As an example, in a three story house you could have your router on the ground floor and an extender/adaptor on the first floor, this would mean that no part of the house is more than one floor away from an access point.

Wireless Extender

The advantage of having a wireless extender is that it's truly wireless, there's no need for any wires. The only thing you will require is a plug socket for the adapter.

The disadvantage of a wireless extender is that it relies on the existing wireless signal, so you would need to place it so that it has a good wireless connection with your router.

Some wireless extenders that you may want to consider are the Netgear AC1200 and the TP-Link RE355.

Powerline Adapter

The advantage of powerline adapters is that it doesn't rely on wireless signal, so you could place it in an optimal position to maximise the effect of the rebroadcasted wireless signal.

The disadvantage of powerline adapters is that it relies on your existing wiring within the property and that the two plug sockets that the adapters plug into are on the same circuit.

The best solution would depend on many things, including the building and where the original access point is located, which means different solutions will be more beneficial in different situations.

Some powerline adapters that you may want to consider are the Netgear PLW1000 and the TP-Link TL-WPA8630 KIT.

Note: The products linked in the article are current as of November 2016.
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