Look Ma, no wires! We have all come a long way since then, haven’t we? In all probability, most of you who are reading this article are doing it over your home’s WiFi network. Often you would have found yourself tugging your hair waiting for that Youtube video to stream or that page to download. While all you may have done until now is gnashed your teeth, help is at hand. Try these simple tips to speed up the Wi-Fi at home.
- Center of attraction
Your WiFi router transmits radio signals in all directions. In addition these signals though invisible get hindered by physical objects. So router placement is of paramount importance. Placing it in a corner would drastically hamper its performance. The best place to position your router is to keep it in the center of your home.
- Out in the open
Ever hidden inside a closet as a kid. Nothing much gets out. So is the case with routers. Don’t go placing them inside closets or cabinets. Placing them in an enclosure will reduce signal strength and coverage considerably. Place them in the open for best signal strength. Bear in mind that your router does not gel well with electronic neighbors. The magnetic and electronic fields that Microwaves, TV’s and Cordless phones generate interfere with your Wifi network.
- Height matters
Place your router atop a bookshelf if possible. Since routers broadcast signals downward, placing them low will reduce the range that the signals can cover. So try and put them high. The other advantage of placing them high is that there will be reduced interference from other items of furniture. It is sure to speed up Wi-Fi network at home.
- Proximity helps
Like all radio waves, the signal strength diminishes as you move away from the transmitter. Keeping your router as close to the center of the house and to the room where you spend most of your time will give you the best reception and the highest network speed.
They are the stick or sticks that stand out on your router. How you position then is vital. Router signals are broadcasted perpendicular to the antenna. So a vertical antenna will cover more space inside your house as it broadcasts signals horizontally. Some routers don’t have external antenna. Those are the ones with an internal antenna. Internal antennae by design are placed horizontally and hence send out signals in a sub-optimal direction. The flip side is that they look better without the protuberances. For routers with external antenna, you also have an option to replace the existing ones with higher-powered ones. This will enable a stronger signal, better coverage and will also speed up Wi-Fi network.
There may still be a situation where even after trying out all these tips the speed of your Wi-Fi network does not improve. This may be attributed to an unusually shaped house or a house with huge dimensions. The best way out in such cases is to get you Wi-Fi range expanders. These devices also known as Repeaters pick up your Wi-Fi signals and broadcast them further. The speed won’t improve but you will have extended coverage.