Between smartphones, tablets and eReaders, constant connectivity is right up there with electricity in some homes.
If you want to use your gadgets in every room of the house or in the backyard, you might need to use 3G or 4G LTE, which uses expensive data.
While you might not watch a movie on the go, a hammock in the backyard or a cool corner of the basement might be the perfect place to watch a new flick on your phone or tablet.
You can’t run a WiFi extension cord to the backyard or to your basement, but you can fix WiFi dead zones with a small and affordable adapter, possibly preventing mobile data overages.
At $39.99, the Netgear WiFi Booster for Mobile is a cheap way to extend your home WiFI coverage. This adapter plugs into a power outlet and repeats your existing WiFi signal, giving coverage to a new area.
This repeater doesn’t need extra cables or using your power lines to carry the signal. It picks up the signal from your existing router and repeats it out, to cover a backyard, deck, basement or other room.
The small device uses 2.4GHz b/g/n, which means most modern routers will work with it. Netgear states that it works with Netgear and other brands. In my experience repeaters tend to work best with the same brand.
The Netgear WiFi Booster for Mobile connects to an existing router using WiFi Protected Setup, or WPS. This means there are no settings to configure, just push a button on the booster and one on the router and they should connect.
With Unlimited data plans on the way out and an uptick in connected smartphones, tablets and devices in the hands of family members of all ages, the Mobile WiFi Booster is worth checking out to blanket an entire home and yard in WiFi.
Amazon sells the Netgear WiFi Booster for Mobile for $39.99 with delivery in 1 to 3 weeks.