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EnGenius integrates Facebook WiFi with Instagram on EnGenius Cloud

What is Facebook WiFi?

When coffee shops, restaurants or hotels set up a professional WiFi wireless network with different access points, it is very normal to have an open SSID with a captive portal to authenticate and have access to the Internet. If the local or cloud WiFi controller incorporates the functionality of Facebook WiFi or Facebook WiFi with Instagram, we can use both social networks to connect to the WiFi wireless network and interact with the cafeteria, restaurant, hotel or department stores in a way easy and fast.

This Facebook WiFi feature is widely used by businesses to easily interact with their customers, but EnGenius was the first to integrate this support into its EnGenius Cloud solution. EnGenius has launched this new functionality at no cost to the network administrator, we must remember that this manufacturer’s cloud is completely free and we do not have to pay absolutely anything for use licenses, licenses to have more functionalities or anything, We will only pay for the hardware (WiFi access point or switch) and all management from the cloud will be completely free. It is also true that they will soon incorporate a “Premium” version of EnGenius Cloud where we will have to pay to have more advanced functionalities. We must remember that network administrators have the intuitive EnGenius Cloud To-Go application that allows us to install new APs and switches, manage and administer them remotely, in addition, we can enable Facebook WiFi easily and quickly from our smartphone.

Benefits of having Facebook WiFi in our company

The first benefit that we will have is that the WiFi experience as a guest in our wireless network will be perfect, Facebook WiFi makes it really easy for companies to provide WiFi service to their clients, without the need to create credentials in the captive portal manually or semi-automatically , since we will only need to have our Facebook profile only. Some configuration options that we can make are to personalize the duration of the connection, integrate the company page on Facebook and we can also use Instagram for users to interact with our company.

Another positive aspect of having Facebook WiFi is that we can provide wireless connectivity in exchange for following our profile on Facebook or Instagram, so we will have an organic increase in followers on the company’s website. Finally, we will also be able to know the number of income of the different clients in the WiFi network, both the new income and also the recurring ones.

We recommend you visit the EnGenius Cloud official website with Facebook WiFi where you will find all the details of this important new feature.

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Vulnerabilities put Realtek’s Wi-Fi module at risk

Security flaws found in a Realtek Wi-Fi module

Specifically affects the module Wi-Fi Realtek RTL8170C. There are several critical errors that have been detected and could be exploited to achieve elevated privileges on a device and later affect wireless connections. They could seriously jeopardize the privacy of users.

Basically we can say that an attacker who manages to exploit these vulnerabilities would have a total control of this Wi-Fi module, as if you were a system administrator. Keep in mind that this module is widely used in IoT devices, something that is increasingly present in our day to day. It is widely used in very varied sectors such as agriculture, health, energy, security and also for homes of domestic users.

These failures, as indicated by the researchers behind this discovery, affect all kinds of embedded devices and what is known as the Internet of Things that use this component to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

A requirement to exploit these vulnerabilities is that the attacker is on the same wireless network or that they know the pre-shared network key or PSK.

Two of these vulnerabilities have been registered as CVE-2020-27301 Y CVE-2020-27302 and they have received a CVSS score of 8. They are based on the fact that the attacker knows the PSK key and can carry out remote code execution on WPA-2 clients that use that module.

Proof of concept and vulnerabilities fixed

The researchers conducted a test in which an attacker impersonates a legitimate access point and sends a malicious temporary key to a client connecting through the WPA-2 protocol.

It should be mentioned that they have already launched firmware updates to correct these problems. Once again we can see the importance of having all the devices, systems and programs correctly updated. Only in this way can we avoid being victims of attacks that may be based on the exploitation of security flaws that are present.

In this case we have seen a series of bugs that affect the Realtek Wi-Fi module. However, these vulnerabilities can affect many of our devices connected to the network. They could put at risk the router, a computer, smart plug, Wi-Fi repeater … We must always make sure that we have the latest versions available installed. We already explained why it is important to update the network card. It is one more step not only to achieve the best possible performance, but also to avoid security problems that may affect us in our day to day life. From RedesZone we always recommend checking that we have the latest versions.

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When is it worse to use the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band

Using the 5 GHz band is not always the best

When we connect to Internet wirelessly, errors are common. Sometimes we do not have the speed we would like, there may be cuts and instability. The reasons can be very diverse, but without a doubt one of the main ones is that we are connected to the wrong band.

Generally users tend to think that when using the 5 GHz band the connection will be better. It is true that it is the fastest option, as long as the circumstances are optimal. But of course, sometimes this does not happen and we can have a loss of quality, speed and problems.

A lot of distance with the router

One of the most important points to keep in mind is that the 5 GHz band is much more sensitive to distance with the router or access point. If we are experiencing problems, it may be because we are too far away.

In this case, the best option is undoubtedly to opt for the 2.4 GHz band. It is the one that will offer the best results when we connect from afar. Also if we are in a large open space. Basically we can say that the 5 GHz band is the best if we are in a small place and close to the router.

There are walls and walls

It is not the best option if we have walls or walls that can weigh down the connection. Any obstacle That may cause your Internet speed to drop dramatically, in addition to causing outages and instability.

Once again, in these cases we should opt for the 2.4 GHz band. In this way we will ensure that it works as well as possible, that there is no problem and also have a good speed to connect the equipment.

Less congestion on the 2.4 GHz band at times

In recent years, the use of the 5 GHz band has increased considerably. We have more compatible devices and also users see it as the best option to achieve maximum speed. However, if we find ourselves in a very congested areaAs it could be a public Wi-Fi network in a library, we can find that the 2.4 GHz band is not being used by practically anyone and it will work better.

In this case it would also be more advisable to avoid the 5 GHz band. We would achieve greater stability and quality. We must always take into account the place from which we are connected.

Therefore, we can say that it is not always a good idea to connect to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band, although we generally think that it may be the best to have the maximum speed and quality. It is important to place ourselves in the context in which we find ourselves and analyze what is best.

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The Wi-Fi Alliance showcases the latest advancements in Wi-Fi security

Wi-Fi lets you know the security of Wi-Fi protocols

To be able to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi it is necessary that there be different protocols. Over time they have been refined to achieve greater performance and, of course, an improvement in security. We talk, for example, about the type of encryption, authentication protocols, etc.

An essential part of maintaining security when using Wi-Fi networks is encryption and here the latest standard is WPA-3. It is the most current and safest. It contains a method called SAE-PK that allows a public key to be fully associated with a password. In this way, a network could not be cloned simply by knowing the password and it substantially improves reliability.

The Wi-Fi Alliance now show a full report about WPA-3, where we can learn more about its operation, the SAE-PK method and everything that it encompasses. It is available for anyone to analyze its use and see the latest improvements. It is important to know if Wi-Fi encryption is secure.

We can also find all the information related to Wi-Fi Easy Connect. It is a much more secure alternative to WPS. The objective of these improvements, of these advances in wireless connections, is to always keep user data safe and prevent personal information from leaking into the network. We can also find all the information displayed by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

There are several standards and protocols that allow us to connect to any wireless network. All of this is available so that anyone can analyze the different security methods that exist, measures to connect, authentication protocols …

Security in Wi-Fi networks is very important

Keep in mind that keep safe at all levels it is essential. We must always avoid the entry of malware on our computers, system vulnerabilities that can be exploited, etc. But if we talk about connectivity, it is certainly essential to maintain security in Wi-Fi.

There are more and more devices that we have connected. We speak, for example, of what is known as the Internet of Things, which are all domestic appliances with network access, such as a television, smart bulbs or any video player.

The fact that more teams are connected makes the field of attack larger. A possible intruder would have more ability to detect certain faults and be able to enter. Hence, we must protect the networks at all times. Luckily we have different standards and protocols that help us avoid problems. We have seen that the Wi-Fi Alliance shows all of them in an extensive way so that we can analyze them and verify their operation.

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What Common Faults Can Affect Wi-Fi Speed

Common glitches affecting Wi-Fi

We can say that Wi-Fi is the main technology we use to connect to Internet. It is true that we also have equipment connected by cable, such as a computer or television, but the wireless option is becoming more and more important.

The main reason is that we have more compatible devices. We have many devices of what is known as the Internet of Things and that is part of our day to day. This range of possibilities makes it essential to have to connect without using wiring. But of course, this can also have its negative consequences if it is not configured well or we do not make good use of technology.

Misplacing the router or access point

Undoubtedly one of the most common mistakes that we make and that can greatly affect the operation of Wi-Fi is not positioning the router correctly. It is common that when hiring the Internet, when acquiring a new device, users place it anywhere, where it least interferes or where it can be the most.

However, this sometimes means that we have the router in an area of ​​the house where we are not going to take advantage of the connection. It could also even be near other electronic gadgets that affect quality.

Our advice is to place the router in a central place of home. Failing that, we can place it in an area where we will make the most of the connection. In addition, it must be kept away from other devices and appliances. This must also be applied to the access point, since in many cases the repeaters we place them wrong, in dead zones.

Choosing the wrong band

Another issue to take into account and that may be the reason why our Wi-Fi connection is slow, cuts or does not work as we would like, is to be using a band that is not the most appropriate according to the circumstances.

As we know, we can use the band of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz on modern devices. Basically the first option offers us a greater speed, but it is more unstable and it affects distances more. On the other hand, the second option, which is slower, allows us to connect from a greater distance.

Therefore, you have to choose very well what Wi-Fi band We are going to use. Otherwise we would be wasting the available resources and that could be a drag. We would not be getting good speed and we could also have cuts.

Disregard configuration

When acquiring a new router or even the one we already have, we must configure it properly. For example you have to see very well which channel to use, see if the power is well managed, etc.

It is therefore advisable to take a good look at the configuration of our device and observe that everything works properly. If we have a bad configuration we can see that our equipment cannot connect with a good speed. We could even have cuts.

Have the network insecure or connect without protection

One more common mistake that can affect Wi-Fi speed is not properly maintaining security. We must always protect the network, with a good password that prevents intruders. In case anyone can access it, it could slow down the connection, in addition to controlling the devices that we have connected. We can have some tips if the Wi-Fi is disconnected.

But we must also take into account the importance of connecting protected to public Wi-Fi networks. They can be used by hackers to steal our data, and we could have stability and quality problems. Our advice is to use a VPN to surf on public Wi-Fi.

Therefore, these are some common mistakes that we make when using Wi-Fi and that could hinder the proper functioning of the equipment. It is important not to make mistakes that can also affect safety when sailing.

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WiFi 6E equipment certified by the WiFi Alliance: Meet the models

Certified Routers with WiFi 6E

We currently have a large number of WiFi mesh routers and systems that are certified with WiFi 6E, but there are still a few months to go before they are put on sale in Spain. We must remember that the new frequency band has recently been approved in the EU, therefore, there are still a few months to go before this equipment can be commercialized.

All the equipment that we will list below are top-of-the-range equipment, with simultaneous double band and even simultaneous triple band, making use of this new standard. We must remember that this WiFi 6E standard is exactly the same as WiFi 6, but we will have a frequency band in the 6GHz additionally, ideal to avoid interference with the WiFi networks of the 5GHz band.

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000

This router will be the top of the range of the manufacturer ASUS, it will be exactly the same equipment as the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX1000 with simultaneous triple band. In the 2.4GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 1,148Mbps, in the 5GHz band we can achieve up to 4804Mbps of speed, and finally, in the 6GHz band we can achieve up to 4804Mbps. This model is the top of the manufacturer’s range. It has all the wireless technologies such as Beamforming, MU-MIMO, OFDMA in all frequency bands, band-steering and also WiFi roaming.

Regarding the rest of the characteristics, they are very similar to the GT-AX1000 router, it is as if it were an update of this router that has given us such good results.

Linksys Atlas Max 6E

This Linksys Mesh WiFi system has recently come out, it also has simultaneous triple band with WiFi 6E. In the 2.4GHz band we can get a speed of up to 1,148Mbps, in the 5GHz band we can get up to 2402Mbps of speed, and finally, in the 6GHz band we can get up to 4804Mbps. This model has a Qualcomm quad-core processor at 2.2GHz speed, of course, we have all WiFi technologies such as MU-MIMO, OFDMA and it also has WiFi roaming because this equipment is its WiFi Mesh system.

One feature that we really liked is that it has the possibility of configuring WPA3-Personal in all frequency bands, in addition, we also have the possibility of configuring OWE to leave the WiFi network without authentication, but with encryption. Finally, it has a total of 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN and also a 5Gbps Multigigabit port for the Internet WAN.

Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

This Linksys router has also been on the market very recently, it also has simultaneous triple band with WiFi 6E. In the 2.4GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 574Mbps, in the 5GHz band we can achieve up to 1201Mbps speed, and finally, in the 6GHz band we can achieve up to 4804Mbps. This model has a Qualcomm quad-core processor at 2.2GHz speed, of course, we have all WiFi technologies such as MU-MIMO, OFDMA and it also has WiFi roaming because this equipment is its WiFi Mesh system.

This router has a 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, we also have four Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN and even a 5Gbps Multigigabit port for the Internet WAN. Other features are that it incorporates a USB 3.0 port

NETGEAR Nighthawk Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E

This router is the top of the range of the NETGEAR manufacturer by incorporating WiFi 6E. In 2.4GHz we will get up to 1,148Mbps, in 5GHz up to 4804Mbps speed, and in the 6GHz band we can get up to 4804Mbps. Other fundamental characteristics of this model are the incorporation of Beamforming, MU-MIMO and OFDMA in all frequency bands, finally, we have a total of 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN, a 2.5G Multigigabit port for the LAN, and also a Gigabit Ethernet port for the Internet WAN with support for VLANs.

Other features are the incorporation of 2 high-performance USB 3.0 ports, in addition, it has a Quad-Core processor at 1.8GHz speed, therefore, we are going to obtain great performance.

TP-Link WiFi 6E equipment

The manufacturer TP-Link has also launched its routers with the WiFi 6E standard, which were presented at CES 2021. The models that this manufacturer has launched are the following:

  • TP-Link Archer AX96 (Router)
  • TP-Link Archer AX206 (Router)
  • TP-Link Deco X96 (this is the WiFi Mesh system)
  • TP-Link Deco X76 (this is the WiFi Mesh system)

WiFi 6E certified WiFi cards

Currently the only WiFi card certified to the WiFi 6E standard is the Intel AX210, the same Intel AX200 card that we used in benchmarks, but supporting the new 6GHz frequency band. Thanks to the fact that this Intel AX210 card will be in a lot of devices like motherboards, PCIe cards from other manufacturers and laptops, the penetration of the WiFi 6E in homes will be really fast.

Other chipsets that also have WiFi 6E certification is the Broadcom BCM4389 that may be in different devices, we also have the Infineon AIROC, LG Innotek, Maxlinear WAV664, MediaTek MT7915-AP-AX, Mediatek MT7915-STA-AX, ON Semiconductor QCS -AX2, Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210, Qorvo QPF4656 and QPF4632.

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If someone enters my Wi-Fi, what dangers can affect my security

When connecting to the Internet, we traditionally use the network cable, Wi-Fi or the PLC. By far the most popular right now is Wi-Fi. Surely, if you check the devices that you have connected to the router, you would see that most of them do it over Wi-Fi. Smartphones, tablets, smart plugs and other home automation devices do so using this type of connection. For this reason, we should periodically review our Wi-Fi networks and take the appropriate measures. In this article we will discuss what can happen if someone enters my Wi-Fi, and the consequences it can have for our security.

Without a doubt, this is a serious threat that we must bear in mind. It is not simply that they can surf the Internet, it can also affect the privacy and security of our devices. So, let’s start by explaining what can happen if someone breaks into my Wi-Fi. Then we will continue with how we can detect an intruder on our Wi-Fi network and how to improve our Wi-Fi security.

What are the risks if someone enters my Wi-Fi

The first thing we are going to face is a nuisance in which someone unauthorized is taking what is yours as their own. This means that we are going to lose bandwidth on our connection due to that intruder. Depending on what you are using our connection for and the speed that we have contracted, we will notice more or less that damage.

If someone enters my Wi-Fi, they may do so to:

  • Web browsing.
  • Downloading files via direct or P2P.
  • To play online.

From the moment it connects to your Wi-Fi network, that cybercriminal’s device is just another computer. When we connect for the first time to a network, Windows usually asks us if it is a private or public network.

If we plan to share files over the local home network, we will make it private. From the moment that hacker enters our WiFi network, he is one more. Thus, you could have access to files and network shares, so it is highly recommended to enable authentication and use SMB 3.0 with data encryption.

In addition, if someone enters our Wi-Fi network it also implies some threats that you should know:

  1. At the moment we hire an internet connection with an Internet provider, everything we do with it will be associated with our name. Therefore, if someone performs any criminal action from your WiFi network, you are the legal person in the first moment. In this situation, you are going to be forced to prove that you are not the culprit, which is not always easy.
  2. We also have the danger that the transmitted information is stolen. Being within the same network, it can do Man in the Middle attacks such as ARP Spoofing, to capture all the information that we transmit to the Internet. Of course, browsing with HTTPS would not save us, unless the websites have HSTS and we have the cookie in our browser.
  3. They connect to our devices. Hackers with sufficient knowledge may use programs to modify the information that we transmit to the Internet on the fly, redirecting us to websites that are under the attacker’s control, to steal personal information, banking information and much more.

Therefore, if someone enters my Wi-Fi depending on the will I have, it can leave me in a more or less compromised situation. You may be interested in how they can steal Wi-Fi from me.

Check if you have intruders from the router

The easiest way to know if someone is accessing my Wi-Fi, is to look at the devices that are connected through the router. Currently, most routers have a section where you can see the devices currently connected. This would be an example of a FRITZ! Box 7530:

Here, what we have to do is go reviewing one by one the devices that are connected. Some manufacturers to facilitate identification, allow us to name them as in the case above. If we have doubts about a device, in order to identify it we can turn it off momentarily. After spending a reasonable time, if we refresh and see that it is not there, we can catalog it with a name when it appears again. Other ways may be by looking at the device’s MAC address, or by blocking its Internet access to check.

As for the measures we can take to improve the security of our router, they would be the following:

  1. Keep your firmware updated.
  2. Have a minimum of WPA2 encryption, and if it supports it, WPA3.
  3. Put a strong password and do not leave the one that comes from the factory. Here’s how to create a secure WiFi key.
  4. Always disable WPS.
  5. Periodically check the list of equipment connected to the WiFi network.

With this series of tips you will know if someone enters my Wi-Fi and you also have the measures to protect yourself.

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What does it mean to use the TP-Link Deco as AP?

TP-Link Deco WiFi Mesh systems can be used in two very different ways, something that is common to other manufacturers such as ASUS, D-Link or NETGEAR. The two modes of operation are as follows:

  • Router mode: The WiFi Mesh system will manage the whole network completely, and it will have the public IP on the Internet WAN interface. We will have a DHCP server, NAT, QoS, parental control and the rest of the functionalities.
  • AP mode: The WiFi Mesh system will only provide the WiFi user with WiFi roaming and band-steering, we will not have NAT, QoS, parental control or a DHCP server, because the main router of the network will take care of all this.

Although it is always advisable to use router mode in WiFi Mesh systems, so that they fully manage the entire network, in those cases where the operator’s router does not allow to put it in bridge mode, or in single-user mode, the best option is to configure this type of WiFi Mesh systems in AP mode, so that the operator’s router continues to manage the entire network, except the WiFi connection. By all of us it is known that the WiFi routers of the operators do not provide us with good coverage or good speed.

Buying a WiFi Mesh system to have different nodes distributed throughout our home is something that many users do, to improve the weak point of the operator’s router: the WiFi. In addition, we will have a great user experience thanks to WiFi roaming to go from one node to another without interrupting the wireless connection, in addition to having band-steering to go from one frequency band to another.

What is the problem of the TP-Link Deco in AP mode?

A reader decided to buy a TP-Link Deco to improve the WiFi network at home, since the main router is the Orange Livebox Fiber. When put in access point mode, the TP-Link Deco should be completely transparent and be managed by the main router, which uses the default subnet 192.168.1.1, with its corresponding DHCP server that indicates the IP addresses to the different clients, and also the default gateway to access the Internet, which is the same IP of the router, as always. After a few days with this setup and working fine, she noticed that some of her devices would suddenly lose connection to the Internet and were assigned another IP address from a completely different range. After different tests, we saw that the problem was with the TP-Link Deco in AP mode.

It seems that all TP-Link Deco models make use of a feature called «Smart DHCP«, This function consists of verifying if there is a DHCP server in the local network, if for some reason this process fails, or takes a little longer than normal, then, and automatically, the TP-Link Deco decide to activate their own DHCP server using a completely different subnet, and providing new IP addresses to some or all clients on the network, leaving several devices without Internet connection.

While some devices maintain the address of the private network created by Livebox Fibra, other clients automatically take the IP address provided by the TP-Link Deco. Devices with IPs from the Livebox Fibra range will continue to have an Internet connection without any problem, however, those from the TP-Link IP will not, because the IP address of the default gateway will not be the Livebox Fibra, but the IP address itself. TP-Link Deco, which does not have an Internet connection.

Example:

  • The Livebox Fibra router has the subnet 192.168.1.0/24 with the DHCP server from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.200. All clients get IP with the default gateway to 192.168.1.1 which is the router.
  • The TP-Link Deco are in AP mode, they should never activate their own DHCP server, because this would cause address duplication problems (if they are in the same range) or directly no connection to the Internet or to the local network (if they are in different range). In this case, it uses the 192.168.78.0/24 subnet, so if a client obtains an IP address from Smart DHCP, it will automatically be left without an Internet connection.

How can I solve this problem?

The only way to fix this problem is turn off all TP-Link Deco and affected devices, turn on the affected devices so that they get the IP of the Livebox Fibra DHCP server, and then turn on the TP-Link Deco. It is not enough just to turn off a TP-Link Deco which acts as a DHCP server, because the rest of Deco will detect it and decide to self-configure themselves as a DHCP server, going from one to another until only one remains. For this reason, it is necessary to turn off all the Deco that we have on the network.

This problem affects both devices connected via WiFi as well as devices connected via cableAlthough there are some devices that will keep the IP within the correct network, of course, if you put a fixed IP on each and every one of the computers you will not have any problem, but it is not normal in a home environment. The problem will happen again sooner or later, so it is not a definitive solution.

If you change the subnet of the main router and make it coincide with the Deco, you must bear in mind that you could have 2 computers with the same IP address on the network, that is, you will have a IP address conflict, because one computer will be “hanging” from the router’s DHCP server, and another from the TP-Link Deco’s DHCP server.

If you have not yet purchased a TP-Link Deco, our recommendation is that you buy other WiFi Mesh systems, either from ASUS, D-Link or NETGEAR. In RedesZone you have in-depth analysis of the vast majority of models on the market, such as the D-Link COVR-1103 which is one of the best in quality / price ratio, you also have the ASUS ZenWiFi CD6 that work really well and have hundreds of configuration options, including a very advanced OpenVPN server. You can also buy the NETGEAR Orbi RBK23 which is high-end and will provide you with outstanding performance.

You can read the opinion of other users about these TP-Link Deco on Amazon, and also access their official forums where there is multitude of complaints.

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Buy a Wi-Fi repeater, what characteristics should we look at?

One thing you should know is that a Wi-Fi router is designed to be used on the same floor. Also, it should be noted that in the same plant there may be points where we do not have good coverage. If we have one or more upper floors it will be even lower. And in the case of placing the antennas horizontally, we would lose coverage on that floor and we would gain something on the ones above. The cheapest way to solve it is to buy a Wi-Fi repeater. Here we are going to explain what they are, how we should place them and other things to take into account when making your purchase.

What is a repeater and how should we place it

A WIFI repeater We can define it as a device whose purpose is to collect the signal it receives and amplify it, with the aim of expanding the range of the signal, and being able to provide coverage where only the router does not reach. It should also be noted that it can be called a WiFi amplifier.

The job of these devices is to propagate the Wi-Fi signal it receives from a sender, which is usually a Wi-Fi router. Regarding its use, it extends both in open and closed spaces. Thus, it can be used both in the home, office, industrial level in open centers, or open spaces such as gardens.

To fulfill its mission, the WiFi repeater must be within range of the signal emitted by the router in order to receive and amplify it. If you get the signal wrong at a point, the ideal would be to place it halfway so that it repeats the signal from there, it is an error if you connect a WiFi repeater:

  • Very close to the router, although the signal will repeat it, we will not be able to reach all parts of the house.
  • Very close to the router, if the signal reaches the repeater badly, we will achieve a low speed, although the coverage is excellent in a certain area.

We must connect the WiFi repeater halfway, and check different areas to have the best possible performance. The installation is quite easy, and is simply to connect the repeater in a socket, to later carry out the synchronization. Sometimes this process is done automatically, although on some occasions it may also require some extra configuration or the use of a mobile application.

What should we look for when buying a Wi-Fi repeater

When buying a Wi-Fi repeater, the first thing we have to be clear about is where we are going to place it. In that sense we could classify it into two types:

  • Indoor WiFi repeaters: they are those that we place inside our house, office or other closed spaces. They are also the ones that we usually buy the most, they are also the cheapest.
  • Outdoor WiFi repeaters: they are the ones we place outdoors and are more exposed to weather conditions. In addition, they usually have protection against dust and water, such as IP65. One number refers to protection against dust and the other to water, the higher the better.

Another very important aspect that we must pay attention to when buying a Wi-Fi repeater is its Wi-Fi version and Wi-Fi class. Currently Wi-Fi 6, although it is the fastest, has a number of drawbacks. One of them is that it is more expensive, and the other is that the vast majority of current devices do not support this standard, although it can be connected correctly, it will do so in WIFi 4 or WiFi 5 mode, wasting the benefits of the new Wi-Fi standard. 6.

This implies that, if you want to enjoy it, you will have to buy a WiFi 6 adapter for your laptop or PC, in addition to having compatible devices. Therefore, today the best thing is a good Wi-Fi 5 repeater that complies with the 802.11ac standard. In that sense, the higher the class the better, for example, an AC3000 repeater will offer higher performance than an AC1200.

Another point that we must look at is if they have dedicated trocal link. Thus, the Wi-Fi amplifier, which is simultaneous triple band, will allow us to configure a 5GHz frequency band for exclusive interconnection with the router. This achieves higher speeds and performance. For example, a triple band WiFi repeater is the FRITZ! Repeater 3000 which is one of the best WiFi repeaters you can buy.

One very important thing to look at when buying a Wi-Fi repeater is whether it has Ethernet ports. The minimum recommended is that it be Giagabit Ethernet. This can be a great help to connect a desktop PC without having to buy a Wi-Fi card.

We must also study the possibilities it offers us the firmware such as the possibility of creating a guest network, having a WiFi programmer and more. In addition, a renowned manufacturer provides a greater number of updates for a longer time which makes the device more secure. Another feature that we must take into account is if it has assistance for WiFi roaming or can be directly integrated into a WiFi Mesh system. For example, the D-Link DAP-1620 integrates into D-Link routers to form a WiFi mesh network, the FRITZ! Repeater 3000 model integrates into the AVM FRITZ! Box Mesh network, and top-of-the-range repeaters from NETGEAR have roaming assistance.

Finally, we recommend you visit our section best Wi-Fi repeaters where you can see the best WiFi repeaters, their technical characteristics, how these devices are, and even the real performance that they are capable of providing, finally, we also show you each and every one of the firmware configuration options.

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What should I look for when buying a WiFi Mesh system for my home

One thing to keep in mind is that the Wi-Fi router is designed to be used on the same floor. Even so, even on the same floor we can have coverage blind spots that on a higher floor would be even greater. Before proceeding to buy a Wi-Fi Mesh system, you should know what it is, advantages, disadvantages and other things to take into account.

What is a Wi-Fi Mesh system

A Wi-Fi Mesh systemAlso known as mesh networks are those that are formed by a router or base station, and several access points, also known as satellites or nodes. A very important point is that it works in a very different way than a simple network with repeaters.

The main difference between a mesh WiFi network and a network with repeaters is that in the first we have all nodes that connect to each other and provide wireless clients with WiFi roaming, so that they can move from one node to another without interruption in Connection. In a Wi-Fi Mesh system, the access points are not only connected to the router but are also capable of communicating with each other, with the aim of having the minimum path from the origin to the node that acts as a router. This allows us to achieve better coverage and better management of the network.

Another difference between conventional repeaters and the WiFi mesh network is that you will not always connect to the closest point. In that sense, you will be able to decide which one is better at each moment. It will do so taking into account criteria such as:

  • The saturation of the network.
  • The overall quality of the connection, if a node were down, we would not be left without an Internet connection, since it would connect us to another.

In addition, we maintain the same WiFi network with the same SSID and password, with a strategically placed satellite system. This will help us to always have the best signal depending on how the connection is or where we are located. The most important difference between a normal and current WiFi repeater and a WiFi Mesh system, is that we can have WiFi roaming between nodes to go from one to another without interruption in the connection, we can continue with the call by VoIP or video call, something that with WiFi repeaters does not happen. In addition, we will also have band-steering, a feature that allows us to go from 2.4GHz to 5GHz and vice versa depending on the circumstances of the wireless network.

Advantages and disadvantages of buying a Wi-Fi Mesh system

Between the advantage buying a Wi-Fi Mesh system is that you optimize resources. Thanks to this, we have greater coverage and the quality of the signal is usually better due to the connection between the nodes. Another positive point is its easy management from the software provided by the manufacturer. In addition, it does not require a very technical installation and any user without advanced knowledge in this type of technology could install it. In the latest models of WiFi Mesh systems, the configuration is fully automatic, we do not need to configure each satellite node one by one.

Regarding the drawback is that if we do not correctly place the nodes in the right places, we can have problems when moving around the house. So it could be that we have areas where the satellites don’t really know which one they should connect to at that moment. Another negative point is that they are clearly more expensive than WiFi repeaters, but it is worth it for all the benefits they have.

What should we look for when buying a Wi-Fi Mesh system

When buying a Wi-Fi Mesh system these are the things we should look for that they have:

  • A dedicated frequency band for the interconnection of the nodes: we have to have a Wi-Fi Mesh system with simultaneous triple band. One band would be dedicated exclusively to interconnecting devices. Therefore, for wireless clients we will have simultaneous dual band.
  • Wi-Fi version– The latest wireless standard is Wi-Fi 6, but with the Wi-Fi 5 standard we would have great performance without spending a lot of money.
  • Processor and RAM: the faster the CPU, the better overall performance we will get, and in that sense, at least 256 MB of RAM are essential.
  • Ethernet ports: they have to be at least Gigabit Ethernet, and the nodes must also have ports in case we need to connect a device via cable to them.
  • USB port: There are WiFi Mesh systems that have USB ports to share files on a local network.
  • Firmware: it is necessary to find that they allow to configure VLANs in the Internet WAN, VLAN per port for IPTV services, that has Movistar Triple VLAN FTTH and also that it has a powerful and advanced QoS to prioritize network traffic. In addition, it is recommended that you incorporate a VPN server to connect to the home local network safely.

As you have seen, WiFi Mesh systems are here to stay, but we must look at all these aspects to make a successful purchase. We recommend you visit our ranking of the best Wi-Fi Mesh systems with their respective in-depth analysis, where you can see their main technical characteristics, how the different routers and nodes are physically, the firmware that they have with all the configuration options explained, and also the real performance that they provide us via WiFi and cable.