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What should you look for when buying a WiFi booster?

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It is important to consider certain factors when choosing the right WiFi booster. WiFi boosters are available in hundreds of models. When shopping for yours, keep these factors in mind.

Type

Boosters come in three types:

  • 2.4GHz Range Extenders
  • Dual-band (5GHz and 2.4GHz)
  • Mobile Hotspot / Wireless Extenders

As wireless boosters are easy to install, they’ll work well for most people. A WiFi repeater or extender may also be an option.

Security

Your devices should not be accessible to others unknowingly. Use a strong password with any booster you choose, and make sure that it has security protocols.

Internet speed

Megabits per second will be the maximum data transfer rate for boosters. It’s not the internet speed you’ll get, but the data the device can handle. A park’s internet connection determines how fast you can go. You will still be limited to the internet quality of your RV park if you limit the speed of users at your park, are overloaded with users, or have slow internet service. A speed test can help you determine the speed at your park.

Device connection

Some boosters only work with certain WiFi-enabled devices, but most work with all devices. The packaging of a dual-band booster should show both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. Connect your products with the booster you choose.

Mobile hotspot

If WiFi isn’t available, you can use your cellular data plan or WiFi extenders with SIM cards. Adding mobile hotspot capability, however, will increase booster costs.

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