In an age obsessed with social media and our mobile phones, connectivity and Wi-Fi have become essential parts of our lives. Many of us will often get annoyed if we can’t connect to Wi-Fi while in a restaurant or bar, and having a slow browsing speed can be extremely frustrating when you’re looking for a quick answer. With the huge success of online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify, Wi-Fi can even be essential to watching TV series or listen to your favourite music.
That’s why poor Wi-Fi signal at home is a nightmare for most people, and unfortunately, it can be a common problem often without a clear solution. Luckily, we have come up with 5 simple tips that can help to improve your Wi-Fi signal.
- Don’t hide your router
Although routers can often be ugly and bulky, one of the biggest causes of a poor signal at home comes from people hiding their router away. Wi-Fi routers emit a signal that is picked up by your device so that it can connect to the internet, but this signal can be blocked if there are objects in the way. This also means that the signal won’t always travel through walls that well. So hiding your router in a cupboard or behind other objects can seriously slow your signal speed. Make sure that your Wi-Fi is out in the open where possible and is not having its signal restricted. It is also best to lift it off the floor as some of your signal is lost downwards.
- Move away from other electronics
It can often be convenient to place your Wi-Fi router next to other electronic devices or appliances, as these are also near the plug socket. However, many electrical appliances can have a damaging effect on your signal and can interfere with it. This includes a wide range of things such as TVs, microwaves and even computers or laptops. Although these electronic devices usually only interfere with the signal when they are switched on, they can still be a cause of poor signal so it is best to move your router away from other electronics where possible.
- Move your antenna in different directions
Most of the Wi-Fi routers in our home have two separate antennas. These are moveable and you should be able to position them in whichever way you choose. The best way to get the most out of your router is to place one antenna vertically and the other horizontally. Different devices can pick up Wi-Fi signals in different ways, so by positioning the antennas in this way you should have the best signal. Most Wi-Fi routers have a typical reach of around 150 metres, so this can also extend the signal in a certain direction of your home.
- Keep your Wi-Fi router secured
If you don’t have a password on your router anybody will be able access it and use your internet for free; keeping your Wi-Fi secure can prevent a drastic drop in your browsing speed. This is because having several people connected to the same router can slow down browsing speeds, which is also worth bearing in mind even if your Wi-Fi is secure. Many modern routers are now designed to be able to cope with multiple users and applications within the same household. However, the more users that are connected to the router at the same time, the slower internet speeds you can expect to receive.
- Time to Update?
If you have tried all of these simple steps then the answer might simply be that your router is out of date and needs updating. There are old wireless technologies that work by using Wireless A, B and G, but these are slow compared to the new Wireless N and AC. You will also need a newer computer or device to make the most out of these technologies, though. However, before you come to this conclusion you should first check your signal strength and Wi-Fi channel to see if there are any other ways you can improve the signal in parts of your home. Changing your Wi-Fi channel can have a huge impact on your signal strength. This is because routers in a street will often connect to the same channel as default, which can reduce your signal strength.
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