When the Wi-Fi signal is not strong enough to cover the entire space you might experience some annoying connectivity problems. So, you need to find a way to extend the power of your router as otherwise, you won’t be able to use your network properly.
Well, there are several ways in which you can solve this problem: some will imply buying Wi-Fi hardware repeaters while others are software alternatives that can be used on your Windows 10 computer.
In this article, we will list the 3 best Wi-Fi repeater software solutions available for Windows 10. Through these software options, you will be able to use your computer, notebook, or laptop as a wireless repeater.
Thus, in the end, you will be able to extend the Wi-Fi signal right from your device, without having to buy another hardware product.
What are the best Wi-Fi repeater tools for Windows 10?
Connectify is maybe the best software that can be used as a Wi-Fi repeater solution. The program offers an intuitive user-interface, can be easily and quickly installed on the Windows 10 platform and comes patched with different and useful features.
This is a virtual router available in 9 languages, which contains a built-in Ad Blocker, through which you can add Unicode and Emoji into your hotspot name, and that can easily extend your network through its integrated Hotspot MAX software.
The premium version of the software is available under three packages and only works on Windows devices. Two of them will get you a lifetime plan with automatic upgrades to newer versions when released.
Connectify HotspotExtend your Wi-Fi signal and create a reliable and stable network connection for your entire household.
MyPublicWiFi is free software that can easily turn your Windows 10 computer into a Wi-Fi wireless access point. MyPublicWiFi is great if you are always on the go – for example, you can share the wireless network in hotel rooms where charges for Internet might be applied per-device.
The software also secures your network as you can restrict certain Internet services such as file sharing apps and you can record and track the visited URLs right on your virtual Wi-Fi hotspot.
The program can be easily installed on any Windows 10 system. You can then customize its built-in settings through an intuitive interface – don’t worry you will be able to set everything as required even if you are a newbie.
OSToto is another free Wi-Fi hotspot creator tool available for Windows 10. Among its hotspot capabilities, it also offers a repeater solution for extending your wireless network. The program features a standard WPA2 PSK password through which you can secure your networks, it is light and it should run smoothly even on low-range hardware configurations.
The program can be used as a wireless transmitter even when you cannot use a wireless router (a cable connection will have to be established in that case).
However, it lacks some security features such as Firewall and URL Tracking but it’s a fast one-click Wi-Fi extender solution that can be used on the Windows 10 OS without too much effort – its user-interface is extremely easy to handle even by an inexperienced hand.
Windows 10’s built-in Wi-Fi extender
The Windows 10 system has a built-in Wi-Fi extender solution that can be also used for free. However, in this case the OS will create a new network, different from the existing one.
In other words, with some of your devices you will have to connect to the router network, while with others you will have to connect to the newly created Windows wireless network.
You can enable this Windows 10 functionality by enabling and setting up the Mobile Hotspot feature:
- Press the Win+I hotkeys.
- Click on Network & Internet.
- Then choose Mobile hotspot – from the left panel of the main window.
- Next, the ‘Share my Internet connection with other devices’ option must be turned on.
- Now, click on Edit and set a new network name and password for this new network.
- Save your changes.
Of course, if you want to use a specialized Wi-Fi repeater we recommend you to buy a hardware repeater. That’s how you can get the best results – the software programs will work just fine but if you really want to extend the Wi-Fi signal all the time, then the hardware solution is more recommended (when you close your computer the repeater software will be turned off so your signal will be lost again).
The solutions reviewed above can help you smartly manage different situations when you are always moving from one place to another and when you require a quick and cheap Internet alternative.
If you tested other similar programs you can share your experience and your observations with us and with our readers through the comments field below – we will afterward update this review accordingly.
FAQ: Learn more about boosting Wi-Fi signal
- Does a Wi-Fi extender slow down Internet speed?
Wi-Fi extenders don’t slow down the Internet speed. In fact, they are recommended to boost your connection both in terms of connectivity and speed.
- What is the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and a repeater?
A Wi-Fi extender simply expands the existing connection, while the Wi-Fi repeater replicates the existing connection creating a new one.
- How can I make my Wi-Fi stronger?
There are several ways, starting with tweaking a few settings to buying dedicated software.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2017 and was revamped and updated in December 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.