Published on July 29th, 2017 | by Hazel Lopez0
Poor Wi-Fi Range? Try These 4 Simple Tips to Improve Your Wireless Network Signal
The most common complaints of internet users are the speed, range, and performance of their home wireless networks – complaints that more of us experience more frequently with how we use the internet today, thanks to the advent of broadband intensive tasks such as online gaming and video streaming.
Wi-Fi issues are incredibly annoying, as more of us relying on internet connectivity today than ever before. In this article, we’ll look at 4 easy steps you can take to fix these problems, increasing both the range and speed of your home Wi-Fi network with a minimum amount of effort.
Find a Better Location for Your Router
The location of your router has a significant impact on the speed and range of your home wireless network, with furniture, walls – particularly those constructed from reinforced concrete or metal – and other obstructions, working together to lessen the range of your Wi-Fi signal.
Ideally, your router should be placed in an open area and at a reasonable height to give it the best chance of successfully relaying a clear signal, not hidden away in the corner of a room or on the floor. If your router is equipped with external antennas, make sure to position these in an upward direction, pointing towards the ceiling, as this can also have a positive impact on your network signal strength.
If you’re unsure where best to position your router, there are a number of useful free mobile apps that are designed to make this easier, helping to test your wireless network and identify dead spots, making it far easier and quicker to maximise the range and performance of your network without the guess work.
Change Your Router’s Wi-Fi Band
Another simple fix if you have a dual-band router, and speed is the problem, is to change your routers settings to operate over the 5 GHz band, rather than the standard 2.4 GHz, which tends to offer better data transfer speeds.
Changing bands can also help to solve another problem, that being the impact of interference from other nearby networks and devices that operate over the 2.4 GHz band, which can reduce the data transfer speed of your network significantly.
Configuring your router to operate over the 5 GHz band should be easy enough, typically requiring no more than a few clicks within the devices web-based software, however, it’s important to refer to your router’s manual before you attempt to make this change to happy wheels demo its settings.
Update the Firmware of Your Router
Firmware is the software that makes your router function and is frequently updated by the device’s manufacturer, with periodic updates that are designed to improve both its performance and range.
If you’re not very tech-savvy this may seem a daunting task at first however, most router manufacturers make it easy to upgrade your firmware, more often than not with the simple click of a button through the web-based interface. Before doing so, it’s again worth referring to your routers instruction manual for full details on how to upgrade the firmware of your particular model.
It’s important to note that Wi-Fi technology has come on leaps and bounces in the last few years, and as such, it could well be worth replacing your existing router with a new one altogether, particularly one that supports 802.11ac, which is the latest Wi-Fi standard.
Get a Wi-Fi Booster
If none of the previous tips make much of a difference to the range of your wireless signal, it may be time to look in to purchasing a Wi-Fi booster. These devices are simple to use – plugging into a wall socket and connecting to your network with W-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) – and offer an easy way to eliminate wireless network dead spots throughout your home without too much effort.
These devices are inexpensive – with many cheap Wi-Fi boosters retailing for £50 less – and offer a wide range of different features and functionality, such as support for the latest Wi-Fi standards, dual-bands and varying performance ratings that reflect those of your existing home network.
Home wireless network performance is a common problem most of us have faced at some point, however there’s really no need to suffer from poor range and slow speeds, as we hope we’ve shown from our list of useful tips which, if followed, will help you to easily rectify these issues with your how network.