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Sunday, January 24, 2016

How to boost WiFi signal at home

Wifi Signal

WiFi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer, and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other WiFi issues, here are few ways you can power up the WiFi in your home.

Routers may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them behind the TV cabinet. If you want the best signal, you’ll need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. Point the antennas perpendicularly, and elevate the router if you can (one reader found that his attic was the perfect spot). Lastly, make sure its in the center of your house, so you have the best coverage possible throughout your home.

How Boost WiFi Signal

Replace devices in your home that can interfere with network traffic on the 2.4GHz frequency range. You can buy a wireless network analyzer to help you track down the source of interference.
A sample of appliances that might be causing the problem include:
- Cordless phones,
- Microwave ovens.
- Security alarms.
- Television remote controls.

Check your router's signal strength with these devices. Compare power levels when each device is on and off to determine if they are the cause of your signal problems.

Make a Reflector lulu with Tinfoil. Note that a tinfoil router may boost your signal, but will also make it more directional.
Cut a tinfoil circle with the tinfoil on the inside of a piece of paper or some cardboard large enough to wrap around the router. If you want to get fancier than this, cut a shallow parabola and put the hole for the antenna at the focal point.
Place the tinfoil circle over the router.
Place the antenna in the center of the circle or parabola.

How Boost WiFi Signal

Reposition your Router. Sometimes the solution is simple. All you have to do is find a new place to store your router.
Raise as far as possible to increase the effective broadcast range.
Place near the center of your house or apartment for wider coverage.
Move away from any metal including metal shelving, filing cabinets and similar common objects.
Move away from cordless phones and microwaves, which operate on the same 2.4-Ghz frequency.

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