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Use Android as a WiFi repeater

We feel frustrated when a Wi-Fi signal is near but just out of reach of our device. Sometimes, the Wi-Fi router does not cover the whole house and here Wi-Fi repeaters or Wi-Fi extenders come into play. To solve this signal coverage problem you can buy a repeater or you can decide to extend the Wi-Fi coverage using your Android device. For those who are not familiar with this issue, 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 discover in the first part how to use a device Android as a WiFi repeater. In the second part we will see how improve the Android WiFi signal on your smartphone.

The WiFi repeater function, by default, is not present on 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 transform your Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater? Well, there are two fantastic apps to do this. Let's see them in detail.

1. NETSHARE-NO-ROOT-TETHERING

This is the first method to use Android as a WiFi repeater.

Step 1. Go to Google Play Store and download the NetShare-no-root-tethering app.

Step 2. When the app opens, the Share Internet Connection tab appears. Click on the button to activate it. This basically repeats the Wi-Fi signal to which you are connected.

Android as a WiFi repeater - netshare

Step 3. Please note that it is not possible to 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 the network password.

Step 4. After entering the 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.

Android as a WiFi repeater

Step 7. Save the settings and check the connection. You will now have access to the Wi-Fi network transmitted from your Android phone.

It should be noted that this application allows a limited 10 minute session for free. To use the full version, you'll need to purchase the app.

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The full version comes with other professional features such as graphics and without advertising. You can also remove the 10 minute restriction by purchasing the paid app.

If you don't want the additional features of this app, there's another in the Play Store like 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, tap the button Start Sharing down.

Android as a WiFi repeater - net share

Step 3. Connect the device via the SSID and password mentioned in the app.

Step 4. In the case of a Windows PC, you will need to log in Control panel> Network and Internet. Go to Internet Options and then to Connections. Click on the LAN Settings option below.

Step 5. Edit the address in 192.168.49.1 and enter 44355 in the Port box.

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If your weak WiFi signal and you want to amplify it, I suggest a third solution. This app also makes you save 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 provided it. As we have already said, the latest 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 does not satisfy you before, we may 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 WiFi power on your Android mobile device. Depending on the models, there may be variations, but in essence, the main steps are these:

  1. Skills "Developer options?By going to Settings and touching Information on the phone.
  2. Scroll down to "Build number"And touch it seven times in a row. Skills "Developer options?For the device.
  3. Go to "Developer Options" and scroll down to "Aggressive Wi-Fi for mobile data transfer".
  4. Scroll to activate the mode.
  5. Watch the advanced Wi-Fi signal and enjoy the wide Wi-Fi range in the Android phone.

If you don't want to tamper with your phone's settings, you can increase Wi-Fi signals by changing the band frequency 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 changes:

  • Go to Settings> Wi-Fi.
  • Go to "Advanced settings".
  • Touch "Wi-Fi frequency band".
  • Now select only 5 GHz.

Now, the device will use the 5 GHz 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 range of wifi in your Android phone. The Wi-Fi frequency band would only connect to a 5 GHz band. Attention, because it may not be useful if there is a poor wireless connection.

You may also be interested in these articles where we have seen the best apps for analyzing WiFi networks.

Or this guide to discover the passwords of WiFi networks on Android devices.