A Problem and Solution
Moving into a new apartment comes with all sorts of challenges. One of which is proper bandwidth throughout the entire living space. For reasons unknown, the coaxial wall outlet at my new apartment was installed at the farthest corner of the property. This meant that half of the coverage area was going outside and into our neighbor’s place if the router was set up next to the coaxial outlet. In this post, I explain how I extend the WiFi coverage area throughout my home.
My solution was to place the router at the center of the apartment and install a WiFi extender where necessary to boost the signal throughout the home. This effectively extended WiFi coverage throughout my home quickly and affordably.
The TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender to the Rescue
The key item in this project is the TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender. One feature of the TP-Link Extender is support for dual bands in both 2.4 and 5 GHz. There is one ethernet port on the bottom of the device which allows a wired connection to a device. This port can plug into a router allowing the TP-Link to act as a wireless access point.
This job can be completed by almost anyone a little bit tech-savvy. The items for the job are not expensive. In total, I spent just over $60 and maybe 15 minutes to complete the project. The list of items is as follows:
RG-6 Coaxial Cable (length varies based on wall outlet and new router locations) – $15 at Amazon.com
3 GHz F-Splice Adapter – $12 at Amazon.com
Cable Clips – $5 at Amazon.com
TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender – $30 at Amazon.com
Putting it All Together
This is essentially a plug-n-play type of DIY project. Unpack the RG-6 cable and connect the F-type connector to the wall. Then, trace the cable along the wall to the place you prefer your router that allows for the best coverage. Use the F-Splice adapter on the free end of the RG-6 cable and twist the adapter onto your router. Tidy up your cable placement by using the cable clips and a light hammer to hold the cable where the floor meets the wall.
Now for the fun part. There are three ways to set up the TP-Link extender. Via the Tether App (which I used and recommend), via a web browser, and via the WPS button on your router. I personally chose the Tether App because I can easily manage the extender through it without having to use a lap top. I downloaded the app from the app store, plugged in the extender into a wall outlet, connected my smartphone to the TP-Link_Extender SSID, and followed the prompts from the app to complete the initial setup.
Once I had finished the setup, I can use the Tether App to determine the best location for the WiFi extender by measuring the signal strength of the router using the Location Assistant.
Test the Internet Speed
After the setup and final placement of the extender, I performed an internet speed test at https://www.speedtest.net/. When comparing the results of the speed test from before the TP-Link setup and configuration to after, the WiFi speeds increased by 100% for my roommates and me in our private living areas.
I hope you enjoyed this simple guide on extending the WiFi coverage throughout your home. Enjoy your improved signal and happy tinkering 😀 Check out a coding post for a programming walkthrough.