At this time and age, an uninterrupted connection to the internet is important. No one likes dealing with Wi-Fi dead spots and weak signals hence the increased demand for Wi-Fi range extenders. These devices boost the strength of Wi-Fi signals while also fixing the dead spots in Wi-Fi connections. One of these extenders is the WiFiBlast Range Extender, a small device that boosts the signals from the router to allow you better access to strong internet signals, while also boosting signal strength in the parts of your home with poor or no signals.
What is WiFiBlast Range Extender?
The WiFiBlast Range Extender refers to a wireless internet signal extender which will capture the existing Wi-Fi signal then extend it farther, allowing you a strong internet connection in parts of your home spotty connections while also extending the signal strength to make it possible for you to access the internet from your backyard easily.
According to the device developers, the WiFiBlast Range Extender has the power to bring in powerful internet signals to the rooms once regarded as dead spots. This extender is also said to increase your internet speeds to up to 300mbps, and the best bit is that it has a simple setup process.
The other interesting bit about this Wi-Fi Blast Extender lies in the ad/ pitch by the manufacturer’s website. In the news-style section of the website, a guy called Rick Bennett is featured. At the start of the ad, Bennett is seen preparing to work from home. Unfortunately, minutes after setting up, the slow internet speeds make him question his decision, and things are really bad, with checking emails taking as much as five minutes for the page to load. In this pitch, Bennett calls the internet providers who in turn send him two technicians. As Bennett seeks answers, the first technician tells him that his slow internet connection is a result of his service provider ripping him off. This technician then goes back to his truck and gets back to Bennett with a Wi-Fi Blast Extender. While explaining how the device works, he tells Bennett that he shouldn’t mention getting the device from him. The technician explains to Bennett that the WiFiBlast reconnects to the split channels from the router then blasts the signal across the house while boosting connection speeds.
This pitch sounds quite convincing, right?
As convincing as it sounds, we have some questions about the working mechanism of the device and whether it’s worth your money or not, which is why we’re reviewing all the little details about this WiFiBlast Range Extender.
How does this WiFiBlast Range Extender work?
Like most other Wi-Fi extenders on the marker, this Blast Extender is plugged directly into the wall, and you get to set it up soon after plugging it in. Once plugged in, you could either set it up with your phone, tablet or a desktop computer.
Here is how to set up your WiFiBlast Range Extender
With the phone setup being the easiest approach, here is how you do it.
- Open your Wi-Fi settings then connect to the Wi-Fi Repeater.
- In the field that pop-ups, type in 192.168.101
- Log into the page using “admin” as the username and password, then log into the page. Tap on the “Repeater Mode”
- Next, create your customized username and password for this repeater then connect the repeater using the created password.
Note, however, that installing this device on your desktop computer is more complex.
Also on installation is the fact that though the device comes with a one-touch installation/ set-up button, it’s not mentioned in the installation video.
According to the manufacturer, this device supports maximum internet speeds of 300Mbps with anything higher than this being limited to 300Mbps.
What to expect from this Wi-Fi range extender?
An increase in the Wi-Fi coverage, especially in larger homes or homes prone to dead spots
It boosts the existing network range while creating a stronger signal.
It is important, however, to mention that the fact that the signal extenders don’t actually boost internet speeds, instead, the range extender will send the existing speeds farther. In simpler terms, if your router’s maximum speed is 75 Mbps, the extender only extends your internet speed to 75 Mbps, and it will not turn 75Mbps to 300Mbps.
Does this WiFiBlast Range Extender end the corporate greed?
As mentioned above, the marketing pitch by the guys at WiFiBlast Range Extender notes that the reason for slow internet is because service providers scam clients by splitting channels, reducing the bandwidth you can access. While this is largely the truth (the internet is split into two channels with one channel reserved for you and the other channel reserved for other customers in need), customers still have access to the two channels, as long as no one else uses the other half of your network signal as a hotspot. Therefore, the assertion by the company about the WiFiBlast unlocking the second channel is not totally true. The device will, however, enhance the signal range and boost speeds to 300Mbps.
- Boosts signal range
- Eliminates Wi-Fi dead spots
- It has high-speed support of up to 300 Mbps
- It’s only affordable if you buy the pack of four rather than a single device.
- The one-touch connection to the router doesn’t work well, and there is no automatic connection
- A single device is expensive
Considerations before buying a Wi-Fi range extender
- Barriers like walls reduce the distance traveled by wireless signals
- An average router reaches a distance of between 100 and 150ft
- Leading brands often come with a one-year warranty on the device.
If you’re looking for a Wi-Fi range extender that’s worth your money and one that will eliminate all the dead spots from your home, you should look at the top brands then compare the features offered against what you’re looking for. The WiFiBlast Range Extender cost more than its competitors, but it could be just what you need.
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