We feel frustrated when a Wi-Fi signal is near but is almost out of reach of our device. Sometimes, the Wi-Fi router does not cover the whole house and this is where Wi-Fi repeaters or Wi-Fi extenders come into play.
To solve this signal coverage problem, you can purchase a repeater or you can decide to extend the Wi-Fi coverage using your Android device. For those who are not involved in this problem, a WiFi repeater is used to extend the coverage area of the Wi-Fi network in an environment. It works by receiving the existing Wi-Fi signal, amplifying it and then transmitting the enhanced signal.
In this article we will find out how to use an Android device as a WiFi repeater in the first part. In the second part we will see how to improve the Android WiFi signal on your smartphone.
The WiFi repeater function, by default, is not present in Android devices, but some manufacturers have included it in their latest models. Samsung has introduced the WiFi sharing feature with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and is also present in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Similarly, Huawei’s Honor 6X comes with this feature, called Wi-Fi Bridge.
How to use Android as a WiFi repeater
Now let’s go to the point. How to turn your Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater? Well, there are two fantastic apps to do this. Let’s see them in detail.
This is the first method to use Android as a WiFi repeater.
Step 1. Go to the Google Play Store and download the NetShare-no-root-tethering app.
Step 2. When the app opens, the Share Internet Connection tab will appear. Click on the button to activate it. This basically repeats the Wi-Fi signal you are connected to.
Step 3. Note that you can not change the name or password. The name of the new Wi-Fi network transmitted by the phone will be the Network Name displayed in the app. The Wi-Fi key will be that of the network password.
Step 4. After entering your password, try connecting to the Wi-Fi network. This will not happen because you still need to enter the proxy settings.
Step 5. If you use the Wi-Fi repeater on a Windows PC, you will need to change the proxy settings. Go to Control Panel> Network and Internet. Go to Internet Options and then to Connections. Click on the LAN Settings option below.
Step 6. In the Address box, enter 192.168.49.1 and enter 8282 in the Port box.
Step 7. Save the settings and verify the connection. Now you will have access to the Wi-Fi network broadcast from your Android phone.
It should be noted that this application allows a limited session of 10 minutes for free. To use the full version, you will need to purchase the app.
The full version comes with other professional features like better graphics and no ads. You can also remove the 10-minute restriction by purchasing the paid app.
If you do not want the additional features of this app, there is another one in the Play Store as Net Share. This also turns your Android phone into a Wi-Fi repeater. Let’s see how Net Share works.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The IP addresses and port numbers mentioned for both apps work on all Windows PCs.
2. NET SHARE
Step 1. Download the Net Share app.
Step 2. Once the app is open, touch the Start Sharing button at the bottom.
Step 3. Connect the device using the SSID and password mentioned in the app.
Step 4. In the case of a Windows PC, you will need to go to Control Panel> Network and Internet. Go to Internet Options and then to Connections. Click on the LAN Settings option below.
Step 5. Change the address to 192.168.49.1 and enter 44355 in the Port box.
If your WiFi signal is weak and you want to amplify it, I propose a third solution. This app also saves you on the purchase of a repeater and uses your Android smartphone to expand the signal.
How to improve the Wifi signal on Android
Another resource to improve the WiFi signal is an internal function of your Android smartphone, only if your device is provided with it. As we have already said, the last devices have implemented this function. If you are not willing to spend money to buy a signal repeater, and the method to use Android as a WiFi repeater seen above does not satisfy you, we could try this other solution.
You can improve the WiFi network on your Android smartphone by making some changes to the settings. To do this, you need to enable “Developer Options”. Here we have listed the steps and described how to increase the power of WiFi on your Android mobile device. Depending on the models, there may be variations, but in essence, the main steps are these:
- Enable “Developer Options” by going to Settings and tapping Phone Info.
- Scroll down to “Build number” and touch it seven times in a row. Enable “Developer Options” for the device.
- Go to “Developer Options” and scroll to “Aggressive Wi-Fi for mobile data transfer“.
- Scroll to activate the mode.
- Watch the advanced Wi-Fi signal and enjoy the wide Wi-Fi range in your Android phone.
If you do not want to tamper with your phone settings, you can increase the Wi-Fi signals by changing the bandwidth of your Android device. Changing the frequency of the 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz WiFi band improves the signal with greater accuracy. Follow these steps to make the changes:
- Go to Settings> Wi-Fi.
- Go to “Advanced Settings“.
- Tap “Wi-Fi frequency band“.
- Now select only 5 GHz.
Now, the device will use the 5GHz frequency band whenever possible and maximize the wireless signal strength.
You can take advantage of the high speed wireless connection once you know how to increase the reach of wifi in your Android phone. The Wi-Fi frequency band would only connect to a 5 GHz band. Be careful, as it may not be useful if there is a poor wireless connection.