Before anyone starts about the disadvantages of using a range extender I already know. I tried powerline adapters and they were a complete bust. My only option to get WiFi/network access to my living room is via a range extender. My WiFi signal in that room is pretty weak so need to boost it.
I have an AirPort Extreme Base Station that is a couple years old which broadcasts my WiFi signal.
As I understand it range extenders halve your throughput on the WiFi signal. To avoid this you can use a dual-band extender. Essentially it will talk with the base station on a 5Ghz channel and talk to your devices on a 2.4Ghz channel thus keeping throughput at full throttle.
Question is what devices will do that? I see Airport Express devices support both channels but cannot find a way to configure them to do this. Other devices suggest they do but again finding little in the way of how to configure it.
I would prefer an Airport Express as a range extender if possible but I’ll go with whatever works.
Any help appreciated!