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WiFi Boosters vs. Access Points

So, you’re looking at a WiFi solution for your business? 

There’s all sorts of ‘jargon’ to get your head round, including ‘routers’, ‘boosters’, ‘ethernet’, ‘Cat5’, yeah? In this blog, we’ll briefly outline the differences between WiFi  Boosters, and Hard-Wired Ayo WiFi Access Points.

WiFi ‘Boosters’, or ‘Range Extenders’, are small, plug-in devices (pictured above), that’s main intention is to ‘extend’ a WiFi connection to a further area of a building. These are okay, for home use, with minimal connected devices, and for someone who doesn’t want structured cabling involved. 

However…the problem with Boosters/Range-Extenders, is that it essentially ‘talks’ in two directions…i.e., it takes the router signal, then projects it for other devices to pick-up. This ultimately halves the projected signal to the other devices, and can cause up to 50% (or more!) loss of speed, strength and bandwidth. For example, you may achieve 30mbps download speed, but devices connected to the Booster may only achieve around 15mbps, as well as lower bandwidth and overall strength. Ultimately, Boosters or Range Extenders are a ‘quick’ and temporary fix for homes, and are not an appropriate solution for larger buildings and businesses, such as Care Homes, Hotels etc.

As standard, we carry-out a survey of your building(s) to ensure the most efficient solution is proposed. We will carry-out range checks from every applicable location in the building, and locate Access Points in required areas, for maximum efficiency & effectiveness. 

WiFi Access Points, are essentially hard-wired throughout your building, straight to the router. Each Access Point is connected via structured cabling (RJ45/Cat5), throughout your building, allowing for 100% of Speed, Bandwidth and Strength to be transferred throughout. The beauty of WiFi Access points, include guaranteed 100% connectivity throughout your building, with no loss of Speed, Bandwidth or Strength, with the user’s device automatically connecting to the nearest available access point as they travel throughout the building