Are you dealing with a weak Wi-Fi connection on your property? With numerous home devices needing Wi-Fi, it’s often difficult to figure out how to get the best connection for all of them. Following are some tips on how to get the strongest Wi-Fi connection in your home.
1. Relocate Your Router
While routers are certainly not an attractive piece of equipment, you don’t want to place a router in a closed cabinet. Walls, doors, floors, mirrors, and windows all affect a router’s signal. Therefore, router location is extremely important.
Since most routers will send a signal in all directions at once, you’ll want to place your device somewhere in the middle of your property. You also want to place your router as high as possible. The router’s antennas work like an umbrella, providing coverage below, therefore high and center is often the best location for most homes. If high and center of your home is not an option, try to get as close as conveniently possible—you don’t have to place the router in your kitchen or bathroom to get the best connection. Lastly, consider where your devices are in your home. If your home office or entertainment room is in the basement, you probably don’t want to place your router in the attic.
2. Keep Your Router In the Clear
There are many devices that can cause router interference. Cordless phones, microwaves, and baby monitors can all have an impact on your Wi-Fi connection. To solve this problem, look into changing the channel used by your router. Your internet service provider or router manual should be able to help you with this.
3. Use a Wi-Fi Repeater
A Wi-Fi repeater (or booster/extender) is a device that will extend, or stretch out, the Wi-Fi signal in your home. Some are simple devices that plug into a wall outlet, while others are more complex. Keep in mind that while a Wi-Fi repeater will extend a router signal, the signal will get weaker the further away from the router you are.
4. Upgrade Your Router
If you have an older router, you may want to think about looking into an upgrade. Technology changes frequently and you may not realize that your router is out-of-date. Your options will likely depend on your internet service provider. Give them a call. Some providers will allow you to purchase your own router, and some will want you to use a router provided by the company. They should have a list of routers that work best with their services. Or if you have been using one of their older routers, they may give you an upgrade free of charge.
5. Move Your Receiver
While the router location is most important, receiver location is important as well. If you have a television or computer locked away in a cabinet or closet, the doors will have an impact on the Wi-Fi signal. Try moving items around your home, or the room that they are in, to determine their best location.
If you follow the above tips, you should be well on your way to receiving a stronger Wi-Fi connection for all of your home devices.