Having dead zones in your home where your Wi-Fi signal is weak or nonexistent can be frustrating. A simple solution is to build your own DIY Wi-Fi extender using a Raspberry Pi to boost your wireless network coverage.

What You'll Need

To build a Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi extender, you'll need the following components:

Flashing the Raspberry Pi Operating System

The first step is to flash the Raspberry Pi OS onto the microSD card:

  1. Download the latest Raspberry Pi OS image from the official website.
  2. Using the card reader, insert the microSD card into your computer.
  3. Using balenaEtcher, select the Raspberry Pi OS image file and flash it onto the microSD card.
  4. Once completed, insert the microSD card into the Raspberry Pi.

Configuring the Software

With the OS installed, you'll need to configure the Raspberry Pi software:

  1. Connect the Raspberry Pi to your router via Ethernet.
  2. Power on the Pi and log in (default is username "pi" and password "raspberry").
  3. Run sudo raspi-config to open the configuration menu.
  4. Under "Network Options," set the new Wi-Fi name and password for your extender network.
  5. Enable SSH so you can remotely access the Pi.
  6. Reboot the Raspberry Pi for changes to take effect.

Setting Up the Wi-Fi Adapter

To extend your existing Wi-Fi network, your Raspberry Pi will need a Wi-Fi adapter capable of access point mode:

Configuring the Extender Software

With the Wi-Fi adapter plugged in, you can now configure the extender software:

  1. Update the packages on the Pi: sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
  2. Install hostapd and dnsmasq to configure wireless access point:

sudo apt install hostapd dnsmasq

  1. Edit the hostapd configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf

Add the following, replacing MyExtender and password with your own network name and password:


  1. Edit the dnsmasq configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/dnsmasq.conf

Uncomment interface=wlan0 to enable the wireless interface.

  1. Configure your Pi's wireless adapter to use a static IP address:

sudo nano /etc/dhcpcd.conf

Add the following at the end:

interface wlan0
static ip_address=
nohook wpa_supplicant

  1. Reboot the Pi for the software changes to take effect. The extender network should now be broadcasting!

With these steps complete, you now have a functioning Wi-Fi extender powered by your Raspberry Pi. Place the Pi in a central location between your main router and the dead zone to maximize signal coverage. Enjoy the expanded wireless range!

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some helpful tips if you run into issues getting your extender working:

With a bit of tweaking, you should be able to get your DIY Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi extender up and running smoothly. The improved wireless coverage will make all your devices happy. Have fun enhancing your home network!