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Standard User brezy321
(newbie) Wed 17-Feb-21 13:43:44
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Wireless Extender - do these interfere with main WiFi


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Hi All

I hope everyone is safe and well!

I recently switched over my broadband from Virgin to Vodafone. The Vodafone router is in my view, very good, and the WiFi coverage I get at home is decent. However in the kitchen I don't get a signal (in fairness it is far from the router and blocked by several walls from where my router is) and I wanted to explore an option of using an extender.

I've seen a reasonably priced option from TP Link which I thought to give a go. However, I've heard from others that these plug-in extenders actually interfere with the main WiFi signal, and can cause a drop in speed as a result. Is this true? Does anyone have any recommendations for an extender that wouldn't cause this interference?

Thank you for your help.
Standard User APTMAN
(member) Tue 23-Feb-21 09:44:09
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If you are on ADSL, ADSL2, VDSL That uses a 'Radio Signal' down the telephone wires and it's that it interferes with .
look into using your old router for a free WiFi extender (google it ).
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 23-Feb-21 11:58:16
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Assuming it is just a wifi extender rather than a PowerLine device then it wouldn't interfere with the incoming line any more than any other wifi device would.

For the OP I had a TPLink device (the RE305) and the main issue with it was it needed rebooting every few weeks as it would just stop taking new connections. I also had it configured with a different SSID as handover between points is not great when using these extenders so I wanted to be able to force to connect to the access point. As far as slowing down the main wifi that isn't really likely to be an issue - the biggest potential issue would be if using the same channels for trasmit as the main device as you might get channel interference then.

The TP Link is generally a cheap and cheerful solution with some compromise. I ended up replacing mine with BT discs because I had a smart hub 2 and could use them in a full mesh network rather than using wireless extending as per the TP Link solution.

There are a number of wireless mesh solutions out there but they tend not to be cheap and most would replace the wireless on your router rather than make use of it.


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Standard User GonePostal
(committed) Tue 23-Feb-21 12:34:08
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Similar to ian72. We used a TP-Link AC1200 as a range extender (19th. century house with some thick stone internal walls) and had to set it up on a separate SSID as devices were not handing over. There was no obvious effect on speeds, just the faff of re-connecting when moving from room to room. Now replaced with 2 x Tenda Nova mesh units at getting on for three times the price of the single TP-Link unit but handover now seamless and speeds not affected.
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