Tech-Tip Friday is here again! And I’m answering a question I have been asked a few times lately. Especially by parents with kids needing to work online for homework –
“My wifi is terrible in the new work space we set up for our kids, what can we do about it?”
It’s not too hard actually, and not overly expensive either. For under $100 you can buy a WIFI EXTENDER.
This is a plug-in-the-wall device that picks up your existing wifi signal, boosts it and sends it on. Make sense?
So if you set up your kids with a desk in the back bedroom or above the garage you can boost the wifi network so they can receive the wifi signal and get their work done.
Cyber-Safety – you do need to consider this for younger kids. Are you ok with them working online in another room? At some point we do need to let our kids work alone, it’s how they learn to be responsible. But it needs to be managed too.
I suggest setting up a filter that lets you monitor what sites they are on, at least for the first couple of weeks. And then every now and then! Here’s info on how to do that.
For now, the wifi extender is easy to set up. For most of them, you simply open up a computer on your home network and run the software that comes with the extender on a CD-Rom or DVD
Plug the extender into the wall when the software tells you to and… that’s it!
You will need to plug the extender in somewhere in the house where the signal IS good. So that it can receive a strong signal and then boost and send it on.
Wifi Extenders vary in price. The price is usually related to the strength of the signal ‘boost’ you want. The more money you pay, the further the signal will be boosted. Read the info on the box to check out the range of the booster.
I bought my booster at Dick Smith. ( I got the one below) Click through to buy online – or go in store. At the time (a couple of weeks ago) they had the best deals, although JB HiFi stock them too :0)
Do you need this at your house? Could it stop some arguments maybe ?!