How To Increase Wi-Fi Speed And Overall Signal Quality
In a domestic environment, the problems when getting coverage or a good WiFi speed can be a real headache. While changing operator can be an easy way out, but before that, there are also several things that you can try at home to improve your WiFi network.
Precisely what we are going to do today is that we will simply suggest some simple solutions that you can try before making other decisions. Let’s start with basics such as the placement of the router, but we will also mention some devices that you can buy to improve the coverage. So, now without wasting much time let’s get started and explore the whole explanatory post that we have mentioned below.
Use WiFi extenders
Another option is to use WiFi extender or repeater, as it is a device that simply allows to carry the signal of Internet connection via the wiring of your home. In this way, if you have the router in a room and the signal does not reach the room, you can simply take it through the plugs to have more signal coverage over there.
The only thing we will have to do is connect our router to the emitter of your PLC pack via an Ethernet cable, and then connect the extenders to the nearest outlet. Then, simply plug the extender into any other outlet in your house and act as if it were a router sending the signal to that area.
And then we have the repeaters which capture the signal from an existing WiFi network to extend it over a larger area. Come on, which is a kind of bridge between the area where you have good WiFi coverage and the area you want to expand it to have a weaker signal.
Place the router in an optimal position
Often, some technicians who install your router are limited to placing it as close as possible to the telephone connection of your house or the computer you are using, but this is not always the optimal position to cover the maximum possible area in your home. For this, the first advice is to try to place the router in a central location in your house, both vertically if you have several floors or horizontally.
Imagine the coverage as a circle around the router. If you put it in one corner of the house the signal will reach very little to the other part of the house, but if you put it in the center it will reach all the corners in a more homogeneous way.
Choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi band
If you have a dual-band router it is also convenient to know when you should connect to your devices to the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHz band. Each of these two bands has different characteristics, so one of the ways to improve the coverage and connection of your devices is precisely to know which one to connect to each one.
The 2.4 GHz band usually has more interference, which makes the connection slower, and it also has fewer channels, so all the devices fight over very little space. The 2.4 GHz WiFi band also has a lower maximum connection speed but has a much more stronger coverage range than the 5 GHz band.
In contrast, the 5 GHz band has more channels to distribute between devices and higher maximum connection speed. Its negative point is that it has more problem to overcome obstacles such as walls, so its coverage is usually lower in many cases as we said earlier.
Meanwhile, the 2.4 GHz band could be more suitable for those devices where coverage is more important, such as mobiles and tablets. But these are only some assumptions, once you know the features you can simply decide depending on your needs which device you should connect to which network.
Place the antennas well
If your router has antennas, you also have to place them correctly. Most of them do not emit waves with the same intensity in all directions, so instead of a concentric circle, they do it more in the form of a donut that expands, reaching further horizontally than vertically. For this reason, it is usually recommended to put the antennas vertically so that the signal extends horizontally in the same plane.
In homes with several floors, you may want to tilt the antenna a little (about 45 degrees) so that the signal flows well up or down. Basically, you should try different configurations until you find the one that best suits your conditions, but probably the most important thing is to remember is that the antennas are more powerful on their sides than on their tip.