The WLAN reception at home is very slow in some rooms or not at all? A WLAN repeater can help here. We’ll show you how to put the device into operation.
Large rooms, thick walls, metal doors: There can be various causes if the router’s WiFi network is not sufficient for the entire apartment or house. Often a single router does not manage to broadcast the signal over several floors. To increase the range of the home network, it is worth purchasing a WLAN repeater. You can read about how to set this up in our guide.
Set up via WPS button
The easiest and fastest way to set up the repeater is to use the WPS button. The abbreviation stands for WiFi Protected Setup, a corresponding button can be found on practically all modern routers and repeaters, regardless of whether it is o2 HomeSpot, Fritz! Box, EasyBox or hardware from another provider. Some routers also have a shared WLAN / WPS button. The setup via WPS is basically the same for all manufacturers, you have to follow these steps:
- If you want to set up a repeater, connect it to a socket where you still have a good connection to your WiFi.
- Press and hold the WPS button on the repeater until the LED starts flashing.
- Now press the WPS button on your router for a few seconds, there is also an LED signal here. In order for the connection to work, your router must also be able to use WPA or WPA 2 encryption. This is standard with all current routers.
- Wait until the repeater and router have connected to each other. Usually this happens very quickly, but it can also take a few minutes.
- After the initial setup, the repeater can easily change its location.
Your router or repeater may not have WPS, or you may not want to use this feature. Then you can set up a connection manually and take the opportunity to access additional functions such as the assignment of a fixed IP address.
- Plugs the repeater into a socket.
- Use an Ethernet cable (if a corresponding port is available) or connect to the repeater’s WiFi network. The network name is usually written directly on the device or in the accompanying documents.
- If you need a password, you can also find it on the repeater. Devices from AVM (Fritz! Repeater), for example, use 00000000 as standard.
- Open your browser.
- If you are not redirected to the setup page, enter the IP address or the name of your repeater in the address line. What these are depends on the manufacturer. You can find this information in the instructions supplied.
- You can now set your own password for access to the repeater.
- Then the software of the respective manufacturer guides you through the further setup of your repeater.
What is a WiFi repeater actually?
A WiFi repeater is intended to extend the range of your home WiFi. As the name suggests, the repeater picks up the signal, amplifies it and sends it on. It just “repeats” the WiFi signal from your router. All you need for operation is a free socket and an existing home WiFi.
If you want to set up a repeater, you should pay attention to two numbers when buying it. First, the bandwidth, given in Mbit / s. Here you have to check beforehand what bandwidth the WLAN of your router offers at home, how fast your internet line is and how many devices are registering in the repeater’s network. For a fast connection you are on the safe side with 1000 Mbit / s or more. Second, the repeater should be capable of the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands, then it is compatible with all common devices.