Telstra has released a new smart Wi-Fi booster that is claimed to improve internet signals throughout the home.
The Smart Wi-Fi Booster costs $180 outright and comes in a pack of two. Alternatively it can be bundled with a 24-month Telstra internet plan for an extra $7.50 a month.
The booster can be controlled via a mobile app that allows customers to access network information, parental controls, Wi-Fi mapping, speed tests and passwords.
Wi-Fi boosters pick up the original Wi-Fi signal from a router and disperse it to farther reaches of the home where the original signal becomes weak. They can be especially useful when routers are located downstairs, with connections needed upstairs.
In a blog post, Jana Kotatko, the Head of Fixed Products at Telstra said: “At my house, we’ve always struggled to get a Wi-Fi signal in the front bedroom from the modem set-up towards the back of the house. With the Smart Wi-Fi Booster, I’ve now got full coverage in the front room for the first time.”
The booster features an automatic switch, which puts users on the strongest signal. Many other boosters require the user to manually switch.
The automatic switch is a huge bonus for people who work from home, according to Ms Kotatko.
“The drop in service (from having to manually switch) is enough to cut a call using voice over Wi-Fi or Skype, make websites much slower to load and causing videos to buffer,” Ms Kotatko said.
Ms Kotatko also advised users to strategically place boosters not where the Wi-Fi signal drops out, but where it overlaps with the router’s direct signal to achieve optimal results.
Routers: the overlooked ingredient for fast Wi-Fi
A fast, uncongested NBN plan is usually the main ingredient in getting fast internet, but routers can make or break the overall speeds.
Canstar Blue research indicates that 70 per cent of users have a router that’s ready for the NBN, while nearly three quarters know where to place their router in the home to get the best reception possible.
However, only 37 per cent were aware of the difference in router classifications and what all the jargon on the side of the box meant. Users spent an average of $128 on their router.
TP Link was found to be the highest-rated router brand for overall customer satisfaction, plus other key areas such as performance and reliability, speed, reception, ease of use and features.