The other day my Comcast Business internet went down again, that’s the 5th time it happened and my download speeds crawled to around 1Mbps download for couple days (while I paid around $200/month for 100Mbps). On those days, I usually tether my main office computer to my Verizon Note 3, which I have an unlimited grandfathered plan.
Now, in most cases you can easily tether off your phone without a problem if you get good download speeds everywhere in your house. Well, in my case, the best download speeds for Verizon 4G LTE is actually in my outdoor tent. But if I put my phone there, I can’t tether that well from everywhere within my house because there are walls and other things blocking the signal.
So, how do you extend your WiFi hotspot signals so you can use it everywhere in your house?
The answer is rather simple, you can use a WiFi repeater. A WiFi repeater, as its name implies, simply “repeats” wireless signals. Now, you can buy these WiFi repeaters on Amazon but the problem is that they don’t work that well, the range is pretty bad. A better way to approach this is to make your own custom DD-WRT router and put it into repeater mode. This way, you can hack the router and increase the transmission levels just the way you want it.
I had a bunch of old Linksys E1200s lying around so I decided to recycle them into an Android WiFi repeater. These are actually much cheaper than buying WiFi repeaters so you get better repeaters and save money at the same time.
You can also use any type of routers that support DD-WRT firmware (you can check it your old router is supported here). Also do make sure the router you want to use as repeater supports the type of wireless you want to repeat such as Wireless-N, Wireless-G, etc…etc.. The E1200s are great because they support both N and G.
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