Everyone wants the best bang for their buck and it’s no shame to be one. It can be frustrating to know that you are paying for internet, but cannot get Wi-Fi coverage everywhere in your home. While there are many things you can do in order to improve your Wi-Fi signal, it is important to first answer one critical question.
Do you want to increase Wi-Fi range and speed?
Although it may seem obvious, having both is difficult. You need to choose which one you prefer. It will be easier to get the Wi-Fi range than Wi-Fi speed. Here’s why:
As it increases its range, each router loses speed. This is due to the use of radio waves from nature as the signal carrier. If the router sends out a signal but doesn’t get a response from your device, the speed of the router will decrease until it receives a positive reply. If the router is further away from your device, it will communicate slower with it.
This is true for any obstacles, such as bricks and concrete walls.
You can boost your speed by upgrading your internet plan. If possible, you can use directional antennas and upgrade to Wi-Fi 6.
However, there are many things you can do to increase range. These include simple router relocations to equipment upgrades.
Test the Speed and Troubleshoot the Network
Verizon subscribers have access to many apps that can help pinpoint the problem and offer solutions. To pinpoint the problem, download my Fios app on the Verizon website.
Pick a Better Location for the Wi Fi Router
Moving the router is one of the easiest ways to boost your signal. Most routers have omnidirectional antennas built in that create a signal circle around them.
Many people don’t want to deal with ethernet cables so they place the router near the wall closest to where the ISP has placed the port for the internet. You’ll lose significant signal coverage if you choose the router’s location. Half of the signal bubble will be outside of your home.
The Best Place to Get Maximum Wi Fi Coverage
You should position the router as close as possible to the center of your home if you want to get the maximum coverage from a single-story house. The principle of a 2-story building is the same. However, you will need to consider elevation. The router should be located near the center of your house, both horizontally and vertically.
Wi-Fi Signal Interference
High-frequency radio waves, even though they may not be obvious to you, are not very effective at reaching solid objects. Concrete, brick, and stone walls will make it difficult for your router to send and receive signals. One barrier may pass, but it will not be able to cross two.
You may also find other devices that operate in the same frequency ranges as your router, which can have a negative effect on its performance.
Car radios are a prime example of this type interference.
This phenomenon has been experienced by many people who drive over long distances. You can hear two stations simultaneously if the radio picks up another signal at the same frequency. Wireless garage door openers (wireless), baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens, and wireless baby monitors are all common sources of interference.
To get the best results, try not to place the router next to the source of interference and lessen the solid obstacles’ impact.
Use a narrower or different Wi-Fi channel, or frequency range
One neat trick you can use to decrease interference on Wi-Fi. This will improve both range and speed.
Wi-Fi Monitor and multiple apps will display data about you and other networks. This data can be used to determine the most congested channel, or to select a smaller frequency range.
Both can be done by accessing router’s admin panel, and selecting the appropriate settings.
Install one of the Wi Fi Signal Boosting devices
It doesn’t matter where the router is placed or how careful you are about choosing the best location, there will always be situations when it won’t cover enough area with Wi-Fi signals. You will need to invest in signal boosters if this is your case.
Wi-Fi extenders will improve the signal range. It will need to be plugged in to a power socket and set up. You should make sure you get the same Wi-Fi standard that your router when purchasing one.
Repeater for Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi repeater is the same but creates a separate wireless network. This will cause slower data transmissions between networks.
A Directional antenna can boost your Wi-Fi signal
We said that home router antennas transmit the signal equally to all directions. There is no legal way of increasing the signal’s strength. The only thing you can do is focus the Wi-Fi signal in the desired direction. An antenna of a particular type can be connected directly to your router.
Commercial patch antennas are becoming more popular, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to buy one and use its features to bridge gaps between your houses. It is shaped like a square and transmits strong signals over long distances, but only in a narrow, 30-40 arc.
Mesh Wi Fi Systems will increase your Wi-Fi coverage.
If you have the budget and value simplicity and comfort above all else, you should consider investing in Wi Fi mesh systems.
Wi-Fi mesh systems are made up of multiple WiFi devices that create a seamless wireless network which can be accessed from anywhere in the house.
They communicate with each other constantly so that you don’t have to jump from one Wi-Fi network or another while moving about.
Speed will be compromised if the router can only be connected from a few feet away.
Everybody wants the best internet plan. You need to decide which is more important to your internet plan: Wi-Fi speed or signal range. It is unlikely that you can have both. There are several tricks that can be used to increase the coverage area with a strong signal.
First, place the router in the middle of your site. Wi-Fi bubbles can be created by omnidirectional antennas that send the signal in equal directions all home routers. You’ll get the best results if you align the center bubble with your home.
You should also avoid placing the router in proximity to interference sources like a cordless phone, microwave oven, baby monitor, garage door remote control, and other devices. Wi-Fi inspector is an app you can download to help you determine the Wi-Fi channel that is most frequently used and to decide if it should be narrowed to prevent interference.
If none of the above are enough, you can consider purchasing and installing either a direction antenna to connect the router with a distant spot that you want to cover, or one signal boosting device such as a Wi Fi repeater and/or extender.
Consider upgrading your wireless network with a wireless mesh system.