How to extend your router's WiFi Range via the Killer Software xTend

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  1. Spartan

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    Suffering from weak WiFi signal at your location? That's a very common issue which often requires people to purchase Wireless Extenders and go through the hassle of configuring them and in my personal experience, they aren't very reliable.

    Using the Killer Software's xTend feature, you can turn your laptop into a Wireless Range Extender to improve the WiFi signal for your other devices (ie. smartphones and tablets or even other laptops near you). (Provided your laptop has the Killer 1550 or Killer 1650 Wireless Card(s).)


    I tested this on my Galaxy S10e and indeed the signal did jump to 5 bars after having had disconnected from the WiFi Network then reconnected.

    You will need to have the Killer Control Center app installed on your computer first.

    Simply follow the illustrations below to first test your bandwidth, then to enable the xTend feature (make sure you enter your router's WiFi Hotspot (AKA Wireless Network Name) appropriately with the correct password.

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  2. TheReciever

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    Guess I need to get the killer 1550 then thanks for sharing
     
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  3. Aivxtla

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    Windows 10 itself does have a hotspot, allows you to also pick which band you want the hotspot on (2.4/5Ghz) and of course you can use same SSID/passwd as router if you want things to be more seamless or extender like function for client devices, in case you don’t want Killer stuff running ;), though I admit the UI on the Killer software does look nice and fancy:

    https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-set-up-a-mobile-hotspot-with-windows-10/

    The only difference between this and the Win 10 Hotspot feature I notice is the traffic monitor, so its probably just a mask for the Windows 10 settings.
     
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    The Win10 option half the time doesnt even work for me. Though I have had some success with it in the past.
     
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  5. Spartan

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    What TheReceiver said, it never worked for me 100%, this solution is much better.
     
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    Well I never had problems with my Win10 hotspot.
     
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