7 Tips to Improve the Strength and Range of your Wi-Fi Network
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Increasing the strength of your Wi-Fi network gives you a stronger signal, meaning better speeds while increasing the range allows you to use the Wi-Fi from a larger area for greater convenience. Below are a few tips on how to improve the strength and range of your Wi-Fi network most without spending a penny.
1. Check for interference
The radio frequencies used by your Wi-Fi network are susceptible to interference from other equipment that may be sending radio signals too. These include your neighbour’s Wi-Fi router, microwave ovens, baby monitors, power lines and other electrical power sources, wireless cameras, some external monitors, cordless telephones, some satellite TV receivers, and RF video transmitters.
One way to detect interference is to check for varying signal strength even with no chance of location. You are also likely suffering from inference if your Internet connection keeps going off.
Check the frequencies used by your different devices because you will definitely get interference if you use a device on the same frequency as your Wi-Fi. Keep distance between your router and devices that are emitting radio frequencies. Alternatively, change the wireless channel of your router.
2. Position your router for maximum range and strength
When positioning your router, go with the average wireless router range of 150 feet indoor and 300 feet outdoors. You should also consider obstacles and the room where you need the strongest signal. The more central the location, the better will be the experience.
3. Limit the number of devices connecting to the Wi-Fi
Having many devices connecting to your Wi-Fi limits the bandwidth available for each. You could also restrict the type of activity the Wi-Fi is being used for because some activities like online gaming and HD video streaming are bandwidth hogs using Quality of Service (QoS) features that come with most modern Wi-Fi hardware.
4. Extend/boost the signal
There are many methods of extending your Wi-Fi, some ingenious and cost-effective such as using aluminum foils. You could also buy a signal booster. Signal boosters relay the signal through another device (usually a Wi-Fi repeater) to extend the range and strength of weak signals.
5. Install DD-WRT
If your router’s firmware allows for the installation of third-party firmware, consider installing DD-WRT to enhance its capabilities. DD-WRT helps boost your Wi-Fi signal by allowing you to tweak your router settings, to unlock technical capabilities, and to fine-tune the frequency.
6. Reset the router regularly
Simply resetting your router can significantly improve your Wi-Fi range and strength. Wi-Fi signals degrade with time. DD-WRT allows for scheduling of router resets.
7. Adjust the router antenna
Many router models have antennas. Adjust the antennas to get a better signal. As a rule of thumb, 2.4 GHz routers (the most common type) should have one antenna pointed horizontally and the other pointed vertically to make an “L” shape.
At the end of the day, your Wi-Fi is as good as the signal you are receiving. AT Eyesurf, we ensure the bandwidth you have paid for is what you receive. Our home and business Internet packages Hamilton start from 15 Mbps Download and 1 Mbps Upload for only $45 per month to 120 Mbps Download and 10 Mbps Upload for $85 per month.
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