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Get more from your wireless internet with iiNet’s Wireless Extender

So you’re having trouble with your wireless network.

Do you live in a big building? Maybe you share wireless internet with lots of others? Or perhaps you like to use your laptop or tablet computer out in the back garden. Maybe you’ve got rooms in your house where wireless internet just can’t reach, no matter what you try.

Every environment is different and sometimes changing the settings on your modem or moving it to a new location just isn’t enough to improve your wireless signal.

We know some of our customers experience issues with this and we’ve been busy at work on a solution!

Good news – our Wireless Extender is here!

The iiNet Labs team is very proud to unveil our new Wireless Extender. This nifty device can help you extend the current coverage of your wireless network.

It’s a simple process:

1)     Place the Wireless Extender next to your current wireless modem

2)     Press the WPS button on your Wireless Extender.

3)     Then press the Wireless Protected System (WPS) key on the Wireless modem or Wireless Router. If you do not have WPS on your modem, you can follow the manual setup wizard process in the brochure that comes with your modem.

4)     Once the iiNet Wireless Extender is connected to the Wireless modem, you simply move the Wireless Extender to a location between the modem and the dead spots within your home.  As soon as the signal LED illuminates on the Wireless Extender you should now experience better coverage within your Wireless network.

There’s more information about the Wireless Extender on our website.

Don’t forget, there are lots of other things you can do to improve wireless network coverage in your home:

Find a good home for your wireless modem

Most people keep their wireless modem tucked out of sight but remember, your wireless modem has to work harder the more walls and furniture it needs to travel through.

Maximise your wireless network’s potential by putting your wireless modem somewhere central in your home so the signal is closer to where it needs to be.

Another handy tip is to put your modem on a high shelf on the ground floor of your home. Radio waves transmit better downwards than upwards and this will give you a stronger signal both upstairs and downstairs.

Make life easier for your modem!

As well as thick walls and floors, there are lots of materials that make life harder for wireless signal to travel. Metal, home electronics and furniture can interfere with wireless signal and leads to a weaker connection.

Time to upgrade that modem?

Older modems often run on an older wireless protocol. If it’s been a while since you last upgraded your modem you might not be getting the high speeds more modern modems can achieve.

Choose a new channel

Did you know that Australia has thirteen different wireless channels to choose from? You might be on a busy channel, which means you’re sharing the same frequency with lots of other people. Try out other channels to find one with the best connection for you. Hopefully with these handy hints your wireless internet will be smooth sailing!

If you’ve got a tip for making the most of your wireless network, pop it in the comments below.

19 comments

  1. Nix says:

    On your other article Make the Most Of Your Wireless Connection http://blog.iinet.net.au/wireless-connection/ , someone stated hat Ethernet is 1000Mbps.

    That may be the case on newer routers but 100Mbps was the standard on older cards which the vast majority of people would have.

  2. Nix says:

    Also how much, link to purchase page or something ??

    • Adam O'grady says:

      I’ve put a link up in the blog, you can purchase it through Toolbox for $59.95 per unit.

      Cheers,
      Adam

  3. Jason inmon says:

    Theres no mention of a price,how much is it and will it work with bob lite modem?

  4. Jason says:

    theres no prices how much is it?

  5. I purchased one of these extenders and can Guarantee they work as my Modem/Router is out in a shed and I was getting 2 bars inside

    Now I am getting a full graph Inside.

    Mighty pleased that I bought one

    regards & thanks

    Kevin

  6. Chris says:

    Will this work with the iiNet Wireless Bridge?

    • Louise Moran says:

      Hi Chris,

      Let me check with our products team and get back to you on that.

      Louise Moran
      Blog editor

      • Louise Moran says:

        Hi Chris,

        I’ve been advised by the products team that the Wireless Extender will not work with the Wireless Bridge.

        This is because the Wireless Extender uses the 2.4Ghz frequency and the Wireless Bridge uses the 5Ghz frequency.

        Please do let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help.

        Louise Moran
        Blog editor

  7. Alex Martin says:

    That is a good device especially if you need to widen or expand the reach of your wireless internet connection.

  8. Giordi says:

    Hello

    I was just wondering how much a wireless extender would cost for I’m having trouble finding the product.

    Thank you

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Giordi,

      We no longer retail Wireless Extender’s, but these devices are available from most major electronics retailers.

      – Leo

  9. John Atkins says:

    Hi. I have an iinet wireless extender that I used as an extender pre-NBN. Now we are on NBN and need to temporarily rearrange my wi-fi network during home modifications. Specifically, I need to move my router/gateway to a new location while leaving the NBN NTD where it is. I am toying with using wireless to replace the wired link between the NTD and the router/gateway to remove tripping hazards. Is it possible to do this using the iinet wireless extender (say set up as a client) to do this?

    Thanks,
    John

    • Brianna Burgess says:

      Hi John,

      We don’t want to mess with your home modifications! The router will need to remain connected to the provisioned port of NBN NTD to establish a connection. You can still use the Wireless Extender to project the wireless signal around the house, however the router and NTD will need to stay put.

      Hope this helps,

      – Brianna

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