Like I already mentioned in one of my previous posts, Battery life and WiFi are the two most important things for survival in the tech era. There is nothing more irritating than slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues. We’ve already seen how to improve battery life. In this post, let’s check out some tips to boost WiFi signals at home.
1.Out with the old, in with the new
It is likely that your old router is giving you much of the WiFi connectivity problems. Replace it with a new one and watch your issues vanish.
2.Location, location, location!
If you hide away your router in some corner of the last room in your house or keep it below several layers of material, you are obstructing the signals and weakening them in this process. Try placing the router in a central location such as your living room or in a room where you are most likely to use the internet a lot. also, keep your router off the floor and place it on some high shelf or wall mount it.
3.Point your antennas
Certain routers with external antennas can upgrade for a high-gain antenna. They can be separately purchased from amazon.com and the likes. One more step is to change the position and direction of the antennas. Most work better if the two antennas are perpendicular to each other. i.e one horizontal and the other vertical. Make sure they are not blocked by anything.
4.Your router hates competition
Look around the router to see if you have any other electronics like cordless phones, microwave ovens or Bluetooth enabled devices. Get rid of them and place them elsewhere. They are causing bandwidth interference. If you cannot relocate them, invest in a good dual-band router that is not much affected by interference.
5. There are certain open source software tools like DD-WRT that can hack your router and help unlock the full-potential of your router. They also provide a ton of security features and boost your transmitting power. You could try them out.
6.Bust those thieves
If your WiFi still seems slow, chances are that someone is hugging yours. Keep a check on unauthorized access by creating a strong WiFi WPA security password. You may know that WEP and WPA/WPA2 are security algorithms that keep hackers from breaking into your network. However, WEP is known to be less secure. So switch to WPA/WPA2 as soon as possible.
If you want, you can also hide your WiFi’s presence to outsiders. To do this go to access point’s admin page and uncheck “Enable SSID Broadcast.” Now your WiFi’s name will not be visible to any passer-by.
7. Make your transmission Stronger
Apart from having just a simple router, a repeater or a wireless bridge (also called an Ethernet converter) is used to get better reception for wired devices. They extend your coverage without the trouble of more cords.
8. Limit devices using your wifi
The fewer devices your WiFi has to support, the faster it can transmit signals. You can do this by creating a device access list of MAC addresses. Media Access Control creates an identifier for each of your devices. Find out your devices MAC addresses and got to your access point’s configuration screen and set which addresses get the green light.
If all else fails, buy a WiFi repeater which is a piece of hardware you can use to boost the signal between the router and your device. While following these tips, be careful when meddling with your router as some may void its warranty.