Some of us don’t have a problem setting up wireless repeaters. Then again some of us probably wouldn’t have a problem coding their own operating system so who knows. Some of us don’t have time to keep up on the latest technology and we appreciate when things are being made easy. There’s a lot to be said for a wireless network which just works and sadly this is too rare. Something always goes wrong and a wireless repeater is supposed to make things easier – not harder. So rather than having to deal with security settings and who knows what else I like having it easy and there’s a few way you can find an easy wireless repeater which won’t cause a headache.
The easiest way to get an easy setup is with Wifi wifi-rental.com.tw protected setup (WPS). The setup process can be as simple as pushing a button on your router and pushing another on the wireless repeater itself. The router looks for another device which has currently had the button pressed and there’s no complicated setups or settings. It takes your original settings for the first network and uses the same thing. You don’t even need to enter your wireless password because pushing the WPS button requires physical access which counts as some pretty good security against people stealing your internet.
The problem with WPS is twofold. Firstly there is a fairly large security hole with malicious users practically brute forcing the WPS beacons. This can be sorted by disabling WPS when you’re done with it or by patching your firmware to a point where it automatically prevents a brute force on the WPS.
But the second problem is incompatibility. Sometimes frequencies or security encryption doesn’t line up and other times you might not even have WPS 4g sharing device on your router in the first place. If someone gets a repeater or range extender based on the fact it is easy to install then they’re not going to be pleased when it doesn’t work straight out of the box.
So it’s impossible to make WPS compatible with a router which doesn’t have WPS. But there is still a way to get easy to use wireless repeaters and that lies in the setup procedure itself. Now I have a golden rule. If my mother can set one up I consider it easy.
My five year old Linksys repeater (called a range expander back then) had a pretty buggy setup. You had to install software from a CD which didn’t even have an autorun and it wasn’t clear how you were supposed to do things or what to do when things went wrong. At the time originally I got it working with a lot (and I mean a lot) of trial and error.
The setup was tricky, required a working knowledge of wireless networks and at least a basic understanding of what could be going wrong and why. Because the setup process itself was sure as hell not going to tell you.
I have since upgraded (thankfully) to a better (newer) model which not only supports the latest routers but has an easy to use setup which actually runs directly from the router itself. Rather than having to connect a cable (which didn’t even come with the original Linksys repeater) you just connect to the new wireless network the repeater makes. You go to a website (an internal IP) hosted within the repeater and choose the network you want to repeat. The setup is easy to follow, does mostly everything for you and if something doesn’t work it suggests possible reasons why starting with the most likely. This I would call an easy setup.
So to find the wireless repeaters which are going to be easy to setup look for three things. Firstly compatibility with your 4g 分享器 router. You’re going to get nowhere if you have a decade old repeater which can’t handle the same frequency or encryption as your router is using. Secondly look for WPS if your router has a WPS button on the side but make sure you log in to the router afterwards and disable WPS afterwards unless you’re positive the model is patched against brute forcing (or you really, really trust your neighbors).
Lastly, look for something updated. Not only will this mean you’re more likely to find the compatibility you need but you’re less likely to run into some outdated setup process. A lot of the newer range extenders and repeaters from manufacturers like Netgear, Amped and Cisco have really improved their setups to suit people who don’t want the bother of fighting with their wireless network and the setup would pass my ‘can my mother do it’ test.