How To Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
July 6, 2021
No matter what you’re doing online, you want to get the most out of your Internet connection. You deserve a fast and reliable Internet service, and a dependable Wi-Fi signal to deliver that connection to your home and devices. So what happens if you run into frequent lagging while you’re gaming online, or if your signal keeps dropping whenever you’re trying to stream? What can you do about the wireless dead zones in your home? Depending on the size and layout of your home, as well as how new your router and equipment are, it is possible to boost your Wi-Fi signal without requiring any kinds of upgrades and purchases.
Troubleshoot Your Router and Internet Connection
Before you get started, make sure that your signal issues aren’t because of your router itself. Something to check for is the router’s model and age. If you’ve had your router for longer than five years, or if you find out that it isn’t capable of delivering the speeds on your Internet plan—which is especially possible for gigabit speeds—then it might be time to replace your router.
You should also confirm that there isn’t a problem with your Internet connection. Run a series of speed tests, and make sure to connect your computer directly to your modem and to your router with an Ethernet cable during some of these tests. If the speed results you see while connected to your modem are nowhere near what you’re paying for, then there is an issue with your Internet service provider. It’s possible your speeds are being throttled, or they can’t keep up with the demand for bandwidth that occurs during peak usage hours. If you find that the results you get while connected to your modem and your router are within range of what you’re paying for, but your results while on Wi-Fi are lacking, it’s time to follow the steps below.
Place Your Router High Up
The radio waves routers emit generally spread downward, so it’s a good idea to elevate your router as much as possible to maximize coverage. A good height to shoot for is around five to seven feet off the ground, so see if you can use a shelf, mantle, or counter to place your router. Whatever you do, avoid placing it on or near the floor.
Place Your Router in a Central Location
Make sure your signal is being distributed as evenly as possible throughout your home. Placing your router in one end of your home might result in the other end not receiving a good signal. At the very least make sure that all of the areas in your home in which you plan to connect to the Internet is within range of your router’s signal. It’s also a good idea to place your router in the open. Many users tend to put their routers in either closets or cabinets, or hidden behind furniture, but what they don’t know is that they’re just placing additional barriers for the signal to cross in order to reach their devices. Make sure your router is placed so that your signal travels the shortest possible distance across the fewest possible barriers.
Place Your Router Away From Other Electronic Devices
Other electronics can interfere with your router’s signal. You should especially avoid electronics like microwaves, which emit a strong 2.4GHz band signal capable of interfering with routers on the wireless band. Try to place your router five to six feet away from other electronics. Alternatively, you can adjust your router’s frequency to 5GHz if other 2.4GHz band devices are unavoidable.
Place Your Router Away From Water and Metal Objects
Water and metal have been know to interfere with a router’s signal. Avoid placing your router next to metal appliances, fish tanks, metal walls or doors, and metal pipes. Doing this will help you eliminate or at least minimize any Wi-Fi dead zones in your home.
Secure Your Internet Connection
Make sure your neighbors aren’t using your Wi-Fi and stealing your bandwidth. The more people who use your Internet, the slower it will be. Create a strong, complex password that will prevent outsiders from gaining access to your network.
Regularly Reboot Your Router
When you reboot your router, you’re letting it perform necessary system updates. If possible, set up your router to reboot automatically when you’re not online, whether it’s late at night while you’re asleep or in the middle of the day if you’re away at work.
If you’ve run through all of the above steps, but you don’t feel like your signal has gotten the boost it needed, it may be time to either upgrade or purchase additional equipment. If you find that your signal isn’t reaching your entire home, especially if it’s more than 2,000 square feet, we recommend you look into buying either a mesh system or a Wi-Fi repeater or extender.
If you’ve found from the speed test you ran earlier that the cause for your weak signal is your Internet connection, not your router, then your Internet provider might not be giving you the speeds you’re paying for. If you’re looking to upgrade to a fast and reliable fiber Internet connection, check your address here to see if Tachus fiber is available in your neighborhood. If it isn’t, learn more about how you can bring us into your community.