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How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

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How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

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If your Wi-Fi connection is fine when you are in the same room as the router but degrades when you are in a different room, there are a few things we can try to boost your Wi-Fi signal. Even if you have a large home, there are ways to extend the coverage so that you can get access to your network from any room, though you may not have the best signal in every room of the house.

  • Move Wireless Devices

If there are other wireless devices like wireless phones or baby monitors in the area where you are experiencing problems, try moving them to a location where you don't often need your Wi-Fi connection. Many wireless devices operate on the same frequency as a wireless router, so you can experience a loss of signal strength if you are near the wireless device.

  • Move the Router

The wireless signal can also be degraded by going through walls or other solid objects. And if your router is on one side of the house, it can be degraded by the time it gets to the other side of the house. It's best to position the router in a central location that is free of walls or other obstructions.

Tips on Positioning Your Wi-Fi Router

  • Buy an External Antenna

It's not always possible to move the router, but many routers support an external antenna. You won't be able to position an external antenna too far away from the router, but if your router is stuck under your desk with no good way to move it out into the open, an external antenna can be a great way to get the signal to broadcast from a better position.

External antenna's come in two varieties: omnidirectional, which broadcasts in all directions, and high gain, which broadcasts the signal in a single direction. If you are simply trying to get the signal to broadcast from a better position, the omnidirectional antenna is your ticket. However, if your router is on one side of the house, the high gain can be a great way to boost the signal strength.

Remember, the high gain external antenna only broadcasts a single direction, so if your router is in a more centralized location, it might not be the best solution.

  • Buy a Wi-Fi Extender

If you have a really big house, you might want to use a Wi-Fi extender. This device essentially logs into your Wi-Fi network and then rebroadcasts the signal, allowing you to log into the extension and get a better signal strength when further away from the router.

Remember, the Wi-Fi extender must be getting good signal strength to work properly, so you don't want to place it in the same area where you are getting a poor connection. Try splitting the difference. Also, remember that walls will degrade the strength, so place the repeater accordingly.

It's usually better to place the Wi-Fi repeater closer to the router to get good signal strength than further away. Oftentimes, getting the signal repeated will allow it to be clear of obstructions between the repeater and where you want to use it, resulting in a really nice boost to signal strength.

Tips for Troubleshooting a Weak Signal Even When Near the Router

  • Buy a Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

I experienced problems with my Wi-Fi signal for years. My router is located in a far corner of the house and it would be difficult to move it to a more central location. An external antenna helped, but didn't extend the range far enough to cover the entire house. A Wi-Fi extender helped out a lot, but while we got a signal at the other end of the house, we didn't get a great signal. Finally, we went with a newer dual-band Wi-Fi router. The great thing about dual-band routers is that they can operate on 2.4 Ghz and 5.0 Ghz, so you can choose between which signal is stronger. And because not as many people use a signal on the 5.0 Ghz band, it is more likely to have better Wi-Fi.

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