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How to Improve Wifi Signal at Home

Will Stein

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

Oct 7 3 minutes read

With the internet and wifi being one of the most essential means of communication and information access, nothing can be more frustrating than an interrupted and slow internet connection. 

Here are some of the few ways to enhance your wifi signals at home: 

1. DONT HIDE YOUR ROUTER

Find the perfect spot for your router, to maximize the effectiveness consider putting it near the center of the house, top floor, off the floor, point the antennas perpendicularly, and elevate the router if you can and away from cordless phones, microwaves, power cords, computer wires, baby monitors and halogen wires. Radio waves best travel down and laterally, external wires and waves can interfere with radio reception. 


2. USE A REPEATER

Most routers have a range of about 150 feet. If you live in a big house, devices and computers in rooms farthest away from your router might have a hard time connecting to your home Wi-Fi network. Turn an Old Router Into a Wi-Fi Repeater, if that still doesn’t help, you’ll need to get a range extender for your home. You could also connect one router to another via Ethernet cable and create another access point in your home.


3. ADJUST/REPLACE YOUR ROUTER'S ANTENNAS

Most routers still have external antennas, if your router has an internal antenna, adding an external one would be a good idea. A directional antenna tends to be a better option since odds are that you aren't experiencing weak spots in your network in every direction. Keeping a router’s antennas perpendicular to each other will ensure a solid connection between your home network and your smartphones and laptops.


4. USE ALUMINUM FOIL

Aluminum Foil will reflect the wireless signals from your router. You can easily strengthen your WiFi’s signal using Aluminum foil which acts as a cheap WiFi extender and this will work on most routers.


5. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE

The hardware is only part of the equation when it comes to good coverage. Your router has software that runs the show behind the scenes, and manufacturers often release new versions that add features and tweak the performance. Most current routers have the update process built right into the administration interface, so it's just a matter of hitting a firmware upgrade button. 


6. RESET ON A SCHEDULE

Reset or reboot your router or modem on a regular basis so it doesn’t drop out. Automatically reboot it once a day or so, you can do this with DD-WRT or just a regular old outlet timer when you’re done, you shouldn’t have to reboot your router so often.  Set the timer to reset your router once a day at an off-peak time.



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