How to Extend WiFi Range
Having WiFi means you should be able to connect to the internet from any device in any room of your house. If your router is in the living room and you’re down the hall in the den or upstairs in your bedroom, it’s likely that your connection was either slow, unreliable, or perhaps even non-existent. You should be able to use the WiFi in your house reliably from any room; if you can’t, follow these tips to learn how to extend your WiFi’s range.
Placement of Router
It may not be nice to look at but resist the urge to hide your wireless router behind books, in closets, or under furniture. It needs open space and free of any obstructions in order to perform effectively. Walls, doors, and even large appliances can affect the router’s ability to send out a signal. Small appliances like microwaves and cordless phones can also get in the way of the signal like a wall. The best place to put it is out in the open, as central to the house as you can. Elevating the router or mounting it to the wall will also help your signal.
Change the Frequency
Routers run on frequency channels. If a lot of your neighbors also have WiFi, chances are the channel your router is running on it just too busy. This is especially prone to happen in places like city apartments of office buildings where there’s a lot of people in a relatively compact area. Getting yourself a router that runs on a different frequency channel than you currently have may help.
Make sure you upgrade your router regularly. Manufacturers are constantly tweaking the software to improve performance, which won’t do you any good if you’re not checking for upgrades. If you’ve had your router for a while, you might also want to consider getting a new router. Much like any other kind of tech hardware, advancements are being made rapidly. A new router might be just what you need to fix the problem.
Get a Wireless Range Extender
If your WiFi covers a larger area, a wireless range extender is your best bet. This will also help the signal from your router get around any barriers. A range extender picks up the signal from your WiFi router and extends it.
As far as placement, you should treat your WiFi extender just as you would your router. Put it somewhere it won’t be met with a lot of interference and can pick up the signal from the router well. Using the two together and careful, you can place them to work around most obstacles – stairs, doors, walls, hallways, etc.
It can be really frustrating when you can’t conveniently use the WiFi in your home from any room you want. If you’re finding your signal is not quite what it should be, trying these tips can help you get the most out of your WiFi.