If you live in a particularly tall or wide house, or one with thick walls and various obstructions, then you may have several WiFi dead-zones. Despite your best efforts your high-speed wireless broadband has no chance of reaching these rooms and providing WiFi in every room seems impossible. This can cause irritating problems when watching Netflix in these rooms and your Xbox playing children will no doubt get upset. There are several ways you can improve your WiFi signal strength which may make for a more peaceful household.
Tendo Computers are WiFi experts. Please get in touch if you need help - we would be very happy to visit you to assist. If you would like to have a go yourself, here are some handy tips to improve your WiFi coverage.
1. Reposition your Router
This is often the best place to start. Most routers beam the WiFi signal in all directions at once so the best location is often the centre of your building. That's not often practical but try and get as close to the centre as possible. Walls, mirrors, floors, metal objects, especially radiators, all have a detrimental effect on your signal coverage so try and avoid obstructions if possible.
2. Change the channel
Baby monitors, cordless phones, microwaves and your neighbour's WiFi can have an effect too. Your router will be operating on a channel from 1 to 11 (on the standard 2.4GHz frequency). You should delve into your routers' user manual before changing the channel but it may prove useful. Channels 1, 6 and 11 are the only channels which are not overlapping and so are the best options. A firmware upgrade can also help but be very careful and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Various Smartphone Apps are available to help view the Wifi channels which are in use in and around your property. Ping Tools is one such app available on Android - link below (various WiFi Analyser Apps are available on Apple).
3. Upgrade your Router
The router supplied by your broadband provider is often free for a reason. Despite their claims, the routers they provide are often outdated and lack signal strength making WiFi in every room very difficult. Various routers are on the market costing from £30, which could greatly improve your coverage. Some broadband providers are not keen on their customers installing their own router so it's best to check with them first.
If your router is more than 2 years old, it's often a good idea to ask your Broadband provider for a router upgrade. They will usually send you their latest version at no cost.
4. Invest in Powerline or Mesh technology
Let me first say that WiFi Boosters and Range Extenders are generally a waste of money. They simply repeat the original, weak signal over a further distance, usually losing more speed along the way. They may give you a greater signal strength on your device but the bandwidth will most likely be very low, resulting in a slow connection.
Powerline devices are a good, cost-effective option. They use your home's electrical wiring network to transfer your broadband connection to the dead-zones. If your electrical wiring is very old and outdated, Powerline devices may struggle. Remember to keep the adaptors in the wall socket and not in a trailing/extension lead. I would recommend the TP-Link Powerline kits. See the links I have provided below to Amazon.
Mesh WiFi systems are relatively new on the market and so far I'm very impressed. Mesh nodes are strategically positioned throughout your property. Positioning is guided via a clever App on your smartphone. The nodes communicate with each other, helping each other out, creating a Mesh of Wifi. Depending on the size of your house, thickness of walls, and the number of dead-zones, you should start with 3 nodes. More add-on nodes can be added if/when needed. See the links I have provided below to Amazon.
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