I live out in the country with really bad internet service so I have to stay close to the router to use my iPad. I have seen boosters for laptops and PC's that you plug into. But would like to increase my signal while being mobile. Is this possible with a iPad mini?
As I recall so far there’s no “Wi-Fi booster” application or software being developed today.
I know only a few of the devices that can extend or boost our Wi-Fi signal.
1. Wi-Fi Extenders or Wi-Fi Boosters this can be considered Wi-Fi repeaters. Repeaters usually connect your Wi-Fi modem to the nearest modem in location and to another modem and to another. That will create a web-like connection if we will draw it in a simple diagram. I am sure that one company in states uses this feature. They called it “Wi-Fi Hot-Spots.” This hot-spot connectivity introduced by Comcast and other service providers.
2. Signal Amplifiers usually used in our cable television receivers.
3. Power line communication devices that runs through our electrical wiring the can strengthen signals. This is commonly used by wealthy countries or governments.
Unfortunately, that is not possible because the only function of your iPad’s Wi-Fi is for reception. It is designed to receive Wi-Fi signals from nearby Wi-Fi routers or Wi-Fi networks. There are applications that will allow you to create a hotspot on your device but it is still different from the one you want. It cannot boost the signal coming from your Wi-Fi router.
When you create a hotspot on your device, it is like transforming your iPad into another Wi-Fi router which will allow other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s like forming another network with your device.
If you want to boost the signal of your Wi-Fi router, you can purchase and install Wi-Fi repeaters or extenders around your home like this one from eBay: 300Mbps Wifi Repeater.