How to Improve Your WiFi Signal
Do you have problems with a WiFi connection? We’re going to tell you some simple steps so you can learn how to improve your WiFi signal.
There are many reasons your Internet connections could be a slow, but the primary culprits are;
- Distance: You may be in a room that is simply too far away from your router to get a decent signal.
- Interference: There are lots of factors here that could affect your performance. If you live in an apartment it could be other wireless signals. You could also have interference from your building, steel beams, furnace, washing machine, even your refrigerator could all have a direct effect on the strength of your wireless signal.
- Software: When was the last time you updated your router?
These are just a few of the possible reason you might have a weak or nonexistent WiFi connection, but there are lot so ways to extend it or improve it.
Location, Location, Location
The speed of your wireless connection directly relates to its placement. If you have to go through walls with metal beams, file cabinets or even your refrigerator they will all weaken your signal. You also want to place your router as close to the center of the house as you can, while keeping it close to the phone connection.
Mount your router higher up so that there is a more clear line-of-site between the router and the WiFi connected device, even your sofa can interfere with your signal.
Ensure that your network is secure and that you don’t have anyone piggy backing on to your signal.
How to Improve Your WiFi Signal: Updates?
You continuously get notifications to update your web browser, Java, Adobe etc, but when was the last time you got a notification about updated programs for your router? You probably haven’t, and by now your router is months or even years old. For most routers simply go into your configuration screen and select update. Each manufacturer has their own configuration so you are going to have look them up.
A few of the more popular include:
Upgrade Your Hardware
Technology advances quickly and if you have hardware that is more than a few years old it could be outdated. Look up your hardware to see what you have it may say it is 802.11, but pay close attention to the at little letter that comes after the digits. If there is no letter than ditch it right now buy yourself a new router, it’s ancient and you might as well be doing dial-up again. You want equipment that states 802.11n which does up to 300MBps or 802.11ac which does up to 1GBps. Anything less than that and you won’t get a smooth streaming service.
Change your WiFi Channel
All routers are capable of operating on several different channels, but if your neighbors WiFi equipment is operating on the same channel it could be interfering with yours.
Think of your WiFI channels like remote control cars. If you want to race with your buddy, you need to ensure that both cars operate on different frequencies, otherwise you will find that you are both controlling the cars and chaos ensues. Your WiFi connection is similar.
Lucky for you, Windows has a nice handy solution that lets you see what other channels are in use around you.
- Go to your command prompt
- Type in: netsh wlan show all
This will show you a list of wireless networks around you, ideally you want a channel that is five numbers away from anyone, but you may just have to look through them and pick a hole. Then go into your routers configuration page and change the channel. You can get to the configuration page by entering your routers IP address into your browser (A common one is http://192.168.1.1.)
Use a Wireless Repeater
If you find that you have thick walls full of metal beams or you just get a good signal much further than the room with the router then you probably want a wireless repeater. It looks similar a router but what it does it picks up your WiFi signal, boosts it and rebroadcasts it.
Hopefully at least one of these suggestions helped you learn how to improve your WiFI signal.
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