There are many things that can dull your wireless network and limit its reach. Here you get eight tips for getting your Wi-Fi network tremendously geared up.
It doesn’t help you much to have a fast internet connection if the signal and speed are lost on your wireless network.
Your Wi-Fi network is sensitive electronics that is disturbed by many things, but with a few adjustments, you can quickly push both speed and range.
We’ve gathered eight good tips to help your wireless network up in a class of its own.
1. Centralize the router
Your router or access point should preferably be located centrally in your home, so that the signal covers most of the home.
At the same time, it is good if the router can be lifted from the floor. Like on a high shelf or similar.
2. Stay away from disturbing elements
The wireless signals are delicate and therefore there are a number of things that you should avoid near your wireless device.
Among other things, your WiFi network may be disturbed by other electronics that use the same frequencies. This may include your wireless phone or your microwave oven. So keep the router away from these products.
Metal objects can also be disturbing to the signal, so make sure the router is not straight up and down on items containing metal. For example, the thin layer of metal found in mirrors can be disturbing.
3. Beware of the neighbors
One of the great enemies of your wireless network is other wireless networks. Especially if you live in densely built-up areas, there will definitely be a sea of neighboring networks that can disturb you.
One solution can be to buy a router that can run on two frequencies. Today most routers operate on the 2.4 gigahertz frequency band, so if you buy a router that can also run at 5 gigahertz, you can bypass most of the disturbance from your neighbors.
Another thing that you can do without having to invest in new is to switch the channel your router sends.
By using a channel that is not so used, you will avoid colliding with your neighbors’ networks. At the same time, it is often the case that the neighbors use the same channels to a great extent, as they only use the router’s default settings.
With programs like WirelessNetView that you can download here, you get an overview of nearby wireless networks, and you can also see which channels your neighbors are using (you can also see which frequency they are transmitting).
So, if your closest neighbors send on channel 6 or 11, from the setup menu on your router, you can select one of the channels where you completely avoid them.
4. Upgrade firmware
The manufacturers behind the wireless equipment sometimes develop updates to the equipment, so it is a great idea to check the manufacturers’ websites for new firmware.
It can both correct small errors and optimize the wireless network and give you new features.
For the vast majority of products, it is a simple process where you find your product, such as your router, on the manufacturer’s website, download a file with the latest firmware and then select the file in the router’s software.
Some new routers simply have a button from the router menu, where it can automatically search for new updates.
5. Buy the latest standard
Like all other technologies, wireless networks are also getting better and better over time.
Therefore, it may be a good idea to replace your old router if it is not running the latest standard 802.11n.
The previous standards are called 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g.
However, to get something out of it, keep in mind that your other equipment, such as wireless network cards, must also support the standard.
6. Select equipment from the same manufacturer
It may be a good idea to choose equipment from the same manufacturer. Although different manufacturers’ products should be able to talk together, it is not always the case that they do it well.
If your equipment is from the same manufacturer, you are assured that it works together, and sometimes manufacturers have developed special technologies for their equipment that can provide higher speed or more reach.
7. Replace your router’s antenna
The antenna on your router also has a lot to say when it comes to Wi-Fi speed. The antenna that comes with your router is typically produced to transmit in all directions, and if the router adjoins an outer wall, half of the signal is sent that route.
Therefore, it may be a good idea to buy a new antenna that sends in a certain direction.
8. Buy a wireless repeater/extender
The last piece of advice you can use if it is in short supply is to buy a wireless repeater.
It acts as a middle station, which you can then set up halfway between your access point and your computer.
It can especially be an advantage if you have a large house where it is difficult to get the signal to reach all the way.