Do you want a stronger Wi-Fi signal? Sure, we all do. To boost your Wi-Fi signal you could upgrade your wireless router. But maybe an outdated router isn’t the problem. To avoid extra costs you can first try boosting your Wi-Fi signal by positioning your current router differently. Here are five free and simple ways to improve your signal.
Be Mindful of Walls
Basically, Wi-Fi signals are the electromagnetic waves similar to the ones picked up by your radio, but operating on a different frequency. Solid objects can act as barriers, so that the signal is weakened as you move further away from the router. If you have options for where to place your router, take note of how many walls and floors are between them. Moving your router can sometimes make all the difference. Avoid placing your router in closed-in spaces, such as closets.
Think About Other Electronics
Your Wi-Fi router isn’t your only device that’s creating signals; other electronics can also be transmitting, and their signals can cause interference. Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid placing your Wi-Fi router right next to electronics and devices that are powered-on. Devices using the same band that can cause interference include microwave ovens, Bluetooth devices, baby monitors and security cameras.
Wi-Fi uses channels. That’s why you can use a bunch of devices that can connect simultaneously. The design means that devices should share those channels fairly, but when multiple devices are connected, Wi-Fi ‘pollution’ can occur. To boost your Wi-Fi signal, know your router. If there’s a channel auto-switch option, make sure it’s enabled.
Keep Your Router in the Center of Your Building
A Wi-Fi router broadcasts its signal equally in every direction. It follows that a router placed in the center of a building will work best. If your router is in one corner of the building and your workstation is at another corner, furthest away, signal strength may be reduced.
Locate Your Router Off the Floor
Wireless routers don’t just transmit horizontally, but vertically as well. A router that is placed off the ground will be more efficient than one placed on the floor. Depending on your location, it might not be the silver bullet to boost your Wi-Fi signal but it’s a simple strategy that’s worth a try.
Adjust Your Router’s Antennas
If you have multiple devices utilizing your Wi-Fi signal, some of these devices may have vertical antennas, while others have horizontal antennas. Some Wi-Fi routers come with two adjustable antennas that you can manipulate. By pointing one Wi-Fi router antenna vertically and the other horizontally, you can help to ensure maximum signal strength for all of your different devices.
Trying all these fixes could boost your Wi-Fi signal. If not, you might need to check your bandwidth and, if all else fails, invest in a new router. For professional assistance getting the maximum WiFi signal strength for your company’s wireless network, call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644.