Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northwest Indiana
Think of it as a repeater rather than a amp. You can use them to skirt environmental obstacles that block or impede LOS transmission.
I tend to not use signal extenders in my network design if you do not have too. They can be used in certain circumstances to good effect. But they are not a substitute for fixing an originating devices signal strength degrading due to antiquated or poor specs due to equipment age, or interference caused by congestion. Typically in a home or small office situation you are better off getting a new wi-fi router or AP to take advantage of the advances built in to to the newer devices, both in infrastructure and on the client side. That is my opinion at least based on my experience.