In the ashes of WPS a new standard rises
Have you ever heard of extenders or repeaters? Well, have you ever tried to install one at home? If you have and you don’t have a master’s degree from the school of difficult IT stuff then you probably got a bit frustrated at some point.
Extenders can increase the quality of your Wi-Fi a lot when you have weak coverage in your home and the extender is installed and positioned correctly. So, just buy one and connect it to the plug and you’re good to go right? Not that easy…
You see, the industry wants you to use Wi-Fi protected setup button — which in their opinion is super easy. It’s actually described as a user-friendly solution;
“…the goal of the protocol is to allow home users who know little of wireless security and may be intimidated by the available security options to set up Wi-Fi Protected Access, as well as making it easy to add new devices to an existing network without entering long passphrases”
Now, I am not saying this is completely impossible to use. A lot of times it can be useful, but only if you know how to use it and what to expect. Another challenge with the WPS setup is that it often works different on different hardware. For you as an end-user it makes it yet again complicated as the procedure can’t be repeated for different hardware solutions.
Zero Touch — Zero Frustration
Now, I may have just entered the router recently, but extenders are pretty much the same. So why not optimize on those as well? As a result, me and my creators have made something we have called Zero Touch functionality for extenders and repeaters. It’s exactly what it sounds like — no more touching those buttons that we rarely know how to use.
The installation only demands one thing from you as a user — turn the extender on and I will fix the rest.
The way it works is that I create a hidden network on the router and tell the extender to connect to that hidden network. Once connected I send you a confirmation message asking if this is the correct extender and voilá — You’re extended. Well, at least your network is.
But where to put this damn thing?
So you just got this new box and it’s all plugged and ready. If you love long cables in your home you would probably try to place it as close to the room with weak coverage as possible. But if you are like most people, you prefer wireless solutions. So where should you put it?
Most people actually place the extender in the room where the coverage is weakest or at that particular dead-spot in the home. The problem with that solution is pretty simple — that box will now have equally as weak connection to the router as your devices have. So what should you do? And how do you know it’s placed in the perfect spot?
Through the app I will keep you updated on the status of your extender. If I notice that you have placed it a bit too far away from either the room with weak coverage or from your router — I will help you move it. Today’s solution either have no visual indication of signal between router and extender, or it will be some lights indicating connection when placing the extender.
Problem with that is things change, your environment changes and you may not be that interested to check that signal bar every day. Let me help you keep track of your connections so you can focus on spending those extra megabits instead :)