Jun 15, 2023

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YOU don't need to fork out cash on a snazzy Wi-Fi signal booster when you have an old router laying around.

According to tech experts at Which?, you need to haul your old internet hub out of the discard drawer and put it back into action.

In a recent blog post, Tom Morgan, tech support expert at Which? revealed that tweaking a few settings on a retired Wi-Fi hub can help sort out an unreliable internet connection.

"We regularly hear from members who struggle with unreliable Wi-Fi at home," he wrote.

"But did you know that an old router you have lying around could potentially come to the rescue?

"By plugging in a once-retired router and making tweaks in its settings, you can repurpose the device as a Wi-Fi extender.

"Doing so is a sustainable, money-saving alternative to buying a brand new one."

Most routers come with a built-in 'wireless repeater' or 'wireless bridging' mode that lets you configure the router.

This will not only let the router extend your Wi-Fi signal, but the ethernet LAN ports on the device can also be used to physically connect other devices to your network.

To get started, simply follow these steps:

After the technical steps are out of the way, you'll have to place your router where you have a weak signal.

Think of those dark spots in your house where you might find yourself waving your phone around to send a picture or watch a video without buffer.

Morgan recommended using an ethernet cable to connect the old router to the main router.

This will made the connection even more reliable between the two devices.

But if an ethernet cable is impractical (or a visual nightmare) using a powerline adaptor can be a viable alternative.

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