Wifi range extender for iPad & Android phones

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Currently in my home, due to a thick concrete wall, the corner when my bed
& reading desk is located can't reach the broadband Wifi even if I connect
a Vonets VAR11N repeater below to the Telco's Wifi router:
  https://www.amazon.com/VAR11N-300-Multi-Functional-Wireless-Portable-Repeater/dp/B01199OGK0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1537179880&sr=1-1&keywords=Vonets+VAR11N&dpID=41v4vdqpDGL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

I then used a USB Wifi dongle plus a 6m USB extender cable to connect to
my laptop with dongle bypassing the thick concrete wall (with direct line-of
-sight to the router) & could now consistently get the Wifi signal:
  https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-RangeMax-Wireless-N-Adapter-WNDA3100/dp/B004ZY7THY/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1537179557&sr=8-7&keywords=netgear+rangemax

Q1:
However, for my iPad & my Android phone (which sometimes I read on the
bed), is there something equivalent to the Netgear dongle that I could use
with a USB extender cable?  Ideally one solution for both iPad & Android
instead having to buy separate solutions.

Q2:
I ever seen a metal sticker which claims that once pasted onto the phone
will enhance the range of mobile phones' but lost that article : does this
work & can share an eBay/Amazon link to purchase?
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I then used …..  a 6m USB extender cable to connect to....  my laptop with dongle bypassing the thick concrete wall

Is this an Ethernet cable to your Wi-Fi router?  

You can put a Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite Dual Radio Access point at the end of the cable. It comes with a POE device (or may come separately now) that goes at your Wi-Fi router and allows the Ubiquiti device to service the areas beyond the concrete wall.

I have one here and it works great. Gives me W-Fi on the second floor of my home.

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It's not an ethernet/LAN cable, just a usb female to male cable.  Distance from my bed to the wifi router is 20m.   Ubiquity solution is quite costly

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My wifi router has LAN RJ45 ports.  Perhaps I can run a LAN cable to my room with device below connected?
A bit messy

https://www.amazon.com/Extender-Wireless-Repeater-Security-Supporting/dp/B079DP33R8/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&qid=1537188185&sr=8-29&keywords=android+wifi+extender
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If you can get the LAN cable to your room, that is half the battle.

Ubiquiti Access Points are the same / less expensive as wireless routers.

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Think ubiq costs USD30 n above?

Well if I run a LAN cable to the room, my original Vonets solution we'd have worked n costs less than Meross or Ubiq devices
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You can use your original solution. I like the access points because they allow any device to work. But if your solution above suffices for you, then use it.

Certainly running a LAN cable facilitates solutions.

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My wifi router has been there almost 5 yrs.  comes bundled w my Telco's broadband
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I would ask if HomePlug is a feasible solution in your location. Instant upside is the fact no wires need to be run. You could either get a kit that has wireless built in OR you could get a kit and attach an AP to it.

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Guess HomePlug is to connect network via power lines:
how do I verify if it works in my country Singapore prior to purchasing it?

It sounds neat : there's a power point next to my bed as well as next to
the Wifi router
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You should go to the vendor website and ask that question. Seems unlikely someone from Singapore would be an EE member with that device.

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https://www.lazada.sg/products/aztech-homeplug-av-500mbps-ethernet-adapter-hl117e-i227141952-s347117729.html?spm=a2o42.searchlist.list.2.e902c763SLrFDg&search=1

The above uses UK plug: seems likely it could be used.  Do we get a pair (ie 2pcs) of it
ie 1 pc at the wifi router & another 1 pc at the user end?
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HomePlug is a standard, not a device. There are a lot of HomePlug-certified devices out there.

Here's a link that may help you find and identify products available in Singapore: http://www.homeplug.org/products/products/

Do we get a pair (ie 2pcs) of it
ie 1 pc at the wifi router & another 1 pc at the user end?
That is correct. Some makers have kits that come with the pair.

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I keyed in Aztech into link below as well as one of Aztech's product but nothing is returned:
http://www.homeplug.org/products/products/


https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/need-advise-homeplug-powerline-ethernet-5629485.html
Link above has a discussion in my home country in 2017: if I can get 50Mbits/sec, I'm
happy as I'm not using it to play games;  possibly some youtube videos (which is streamed
so it won't get laggy) on the iPad.

Above link recommends AV2: is this essential for watching youtube?
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I don't think it is essential, but if the price is OK, get the higher speed unit.  You will be happier over time.
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Above link recommends AV2: is this essential for watching youtube?
Honestly, probably not. However, when I decided to make use of it, I went ahead and ordered an AV2 kit because I just didn't want to take chances, and also be able to keep using it in the long run (bought a Netgear kit for a relative who likes to watch things on Youtube and Netflix).

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