4 Key Advantages of Using the Hughes WiFi Booster
So you have HughesNet high-speed satellite internet service and the HT2000W Satellite WiFi Modem. When you had it installed you knew you had some areas where the WiFi didn’t reach, but that could wait till later. The primary areas had WiFi and that’s great! Now you’re ready to extend your WiFi to cover those dead spots. If this sounds like you, then you’re looking for a WiFi extender. In this case, the Hughes WiFi Booster offers the best solution to solve your needs.
Or perhaps since you’ve had it installed, you have made (or are planning to make) some changes to your home and discover the WiFi signal in these “new areas” isn’t strong enough to connect or doesn’t exist at all. Maybe you
- have converted an upstairs guest room into an office;
- are planning to add an addition to your home; or
- built a new patio for outdoor entertaining.
Whatever the reason, whether you want to cover known dead spots or the ones you created due to changes, you’ve extended your living area. Now you need to extend your WiFi signal. Read further and you will see that the best way to do that is with the Hughes WiFi Booster.
Advantages of Using the Hughes WiFi Booster
There are 4 key advantages for using the Hughes WiFi Booster to extend your WiFi signal:
- It provides a seamless home network
- Can be installed in a few simple steps
- Helps overcome barriers to extending the WiFi range
- Uses the same robust security as the HT2000W
Let’s take a closer look at these advantages.
Seamless Home Network
The Hughes WiFi Booster provides a seamless signal that will keep you connected as you move through your home. Room to room. Inside and outside. Wherever your signal reaches. Other WiFi extenders will require you to restart and re-buffer the content you were enjoying. Think of it as a “digital bump” in the road. Not quite seamless. But the Hughes WiFi Booster maintains your connection throughout your home. No interruptions. No starting over or catching up. And a seamless signal means a better experience with no “digital bump” in the road.
When you first set up your HT2000W home wireless network you had (and continue to have) many options. Both in naming networks and setting their respective passwords. Not to mention setting up options for guests, among other things. Think of them as lanes on a highway where your internet data travels in both directions, coming and going.
When you use other WiFi extenders, anytime you decide to change a network name, password, or both, that’s when it becomes very annoying. In this instance, this is not just a bump in the road. This is like an extended highway shutdown. “None shall pass this way”, says the WiFi extender. And the roadblock will remain until someone dispatches the designated “Home Network Engineer”. In order to remove the roadblock, the changes that were made to the HT2000W network have to be manually synchronized to the extender itself. Until this is done, these WiFi extenders are nothing more than a lousy night light, if that.
But when you use the Hughes WiFi Booster, it automatically synchronizes with your HT2000W and avoids these roadblocks completely. Change a network name. No problem. Change a password. Business as usual. No highway shutdown. All lanes are open. You just sync your devices. No different than when you set up your HT2000W network the first time. As for your “Home Network Engineer”? She took an early retirement.
The Hughes WiFi Booster can be connected in just a few simple steps. It’s about as plug-n-play as you can get. Using the HughesNet Mobile App WiFi gauge (free and available from both the Play Store and the App Store), you can find your signal strength in every room. In addition, LED lights on the booster will help you identify the current state it’s in, as well as find the best location to place the device so that it’s the right distance from your modem. You can grab a copy of the Hughes WiFi Booster installation instructions here and see for yourself.
So Where Should I Put It
Hughes recommends your Hughes WiFi Booster should be placed halfway between your HT2000W and the area with poor signal strength. If you estimate that to be 80 feet, then 40 feet or so from the modem is the spot. Just remember you need an electrical outlet to power the booster. So kinda halfway should be good.
Tip: Position the Hughes WiFi Booster in an elevated position if you can. Don’t hide it in a cabinet or closet. That will help to extend the signal. The general rule of thumb is to treat its position just like the modem. Give it room to breathe and get if off the floor.
WiFi strength and reliability are affected by the materials in your home environment. The Hughes WiFi Booster helps provide coverage across your home, even through dense wall material such as brick, metal, and concrete.
What About the Range?
There is no official published data about the range of the Hughes WiFi Booster because there has not been any formal testing performed to verify it’s range. Not sure when that might happen. Since we don’t have any distances for the range to go on, let’s come up with our own plan.
So let’s define what range means. In our case, ‘range’ is defined as the distance from your HT2000W and your device where a reliable connection can be maintained. So what impacts this range? While there are many factors, let’s keep it simple and stick to my two primary and the easiest to understand:
- The “open space with no obstructions” distance, what I refer to as the “maximum range”, and
- The “living space with physical obstructions” distance, or what I like to call the “effective range.”
When it comes to the effective range, you probably already know if you have dead spots in or around your home. In those instances, there are a few options you can do to try and resolve it.
- Make sure the HT2000W is not restricted itself. To give it the best chance to do its thing, it needs room to breathe and elevated to help it better overcome barriers. You should do this even if you don’t have any dead spots.
- Consider relocating the modem to a more central location. This should be done by a certified HughesNet installation professional. To schedule a service call, contact Hughes Customer Care.
If neither of these resolves your dead spots or relocating the modem is not an option, then it’s time to deploy the Hughes WiFi Booster option. You can install it yourself (see above) and it gives you the greatest flexibility to extend your WiFi signal.
A situation where the maximum range comes into play is when you are trying to extend your WiFi signal outside of your home. Like trying to reach a detached garage or building. If your signal is good inside your home on the side closest to this detached building, place it in that room. How far will the signal reach? With more open space than inside the home, we can reasonably expect the range to be less obstructed and travel farther. In my experience, here’s a general rule of thumb to follow:
- 100 feet: very reliable.
- 150 feet: still reliable.
- 200 feet: less reliable. Still in range to connect but probably not good for video.
As always, it depends on what barriers are between the Hughes WiFi Booster and the desired area to which you are trying to extend the signal. Also, remember that the booster is designed for indoor use only.
When you extend the wireless signal of the HT2000W with other WiFi extenders, they actually create their own separate network. For instance, if you named your home WiFi networks “hug24-WiFi” and “hug5-WiFi”, the extender will generally offer that same name but add an extension. Like “hug24-WiFi Ext” and “hug5-WiFi Ext”. This means you have two additional networks to join with new passwords to manage.
But the Hughes WiFi Booster uses the same WPA/WPA2 password protection from your HT2000W. There are no new “extended” networks to join. It’s as if the booster wasn’t even there, just the extended WiFi coverage. No worries or extra steps. Just better coverage. A big advantage in my book.
The Hughes WiFi Booster: Designed Specifically for the HT2000W
Before the HT2000W came along, Hughes modems were just modems. Customers had to add a wireless router to get WiFi. But with the launch of the HT2000W modem with built-in dual-band WiFi, wireless routers were no longer needed. However, customers still needed a way to extend their WiFi coverage area. So Hughes designed a WiFi extender just for the HT2000W: The Hughes WiFi Booster. Seamless integration, easy to install, powerful connectivity, and robust security. Far and away the best solution for extending the WiFi coverage area for the Hughes HT2000W Satellite WiFi Modem.
Hughes WiFi Booster
If you are looking to extend your WiFi signal, you have come to the right place. $99 + tax and shipping.