If you’ve just bought your first or is still using your old wireless router and you want to make the most out of it by maximizing your signal strength and minimizing interference, then do these simple and easy-to-follow tips on how to boost your Wifi signal at home.
Improve WiFi Coverage with Better Placement
To get the best internet coverage from your wireless router, place your device in an open position where there’s no obstructing materials like furniture, walls, and other items blocking your router. Another tip is to place your router in an upward position preferably on top and place the antenna/s in a vertical upward position.
Lastly, place your wireless network component far from other devices in the house that can cause interference, like cordless phones, microwave ovens, and other electronic items.
Extend WiFi Signal with a Repeater or use a Bridge
To extend your Wifi signal even further, use a wireless signal repeater. A wireless repeater is a stand-alone unit that is positioned within range of a wireless router (access point). A repeater will serve as a two-way relay station to boost your Wifi signal. Place the wireless repeater halfway between your wireless router and you can get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength.
If your wired device is far from the access point and you need to share your wireles connection over a couple of units, then you need to have a wireless bridge also called an Ethernet converter, which you’ll be using to convert your wireless signal and provide a few plugs for other wired devices.
Replace Your Wireless Router’s Antenna
Default Wifi antennas on most wireless routers can be removed and replaced with high gain antennas. Upgrade to a high-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals in only one direction. This will be very useful in increasing the coverage strength of your router and aiming the signal in the direction you want.
Update Your Router’s Firmware
Updating the latest firmware of your router is very important to know the improvements and changes made by your Router’s manufacturer. These updates will surely help increase your wireless device’s performance.
Upgrade to Wireless N
A Wireless-G router may be the most common type of wireless device used these days, but upgrading your router to Wireless-N maybe one of the best choices you make in improving the performance of your wireless network. Wireless-N is two times faster than Wireless-G and it provides better range and stability, plus the additional security and easy-to-setup is an advantage. Wireless-N is also backward-compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g so upgrading wouldn’t be difficult on your part.