Roads towards a Better Home Wi-Fi Coverage
Wi-Fi quickly went from being a funky alternative to cable broadband to becoming one of the most basic needs of modern society. Because of its importance to the life of humans in digital age, Wi-Fi issues like slow speed or bad reception can easily make our lives miserable. In this article, we’ll share several tips that will help you to improve your home Wi-Fi coverage.
Use latest tech
Wi-Fi entered commercial broadband arena more than a decade ago, which means that there are quite a few outdated routers out there. A, B and G wireless routers are old and slow. Therefore you should always opt for Wireless-N or the latest Wireless-AC routers. It’s also important that you know that these fast wireless signals can’t work with outdated computers that don’t have Wireless-N card installed.
Find the perfect spot
Many people hide their routers behind TV cabinets or under computer tables. In order to get the best wireless signal, you need to keep your router out in the open. Also try to decrease the number of walls and other obstacles between the router and your favorite web browsing spot. Router should be elevated (if possible) and its antenna should be placed in a perpendicular position. If you want to have the same coverage throughout your home, place your router in the center of your apartment.
Find the right Wi-Fi channel
Same as radio waves, Wi-Fi signals can interfere with one another. This causes signal degradation and if you want to correct this error, you will need to find the wireless channel with the least interference. For this task, you can use specialized software solutions, like Wi-Fi Stumbler that will find the perfect channel and improve your Wi-Fi coverage.
Wireless signal interference can also be caused by microwaves, cordless phones and many other appliances. Purchasing a dual band router solves most of these problems, or you can get it for free, by subscribing to these Foxtel broadband plans.
Quit applications that suck out all the bandwidth
Users who play online games, have frequent video chat sessions, stream Netflix or download torrents on a regular basis are usually making internet slower for everybody else who isconnected to their network. You can solve this by setting up Quality of Service, which will prioritize certain applications and provide them with the amount of bandwidth they deserve.
You should also check whether someone is stealing your Wi-Fi. Guard and protect your network from prying eyes, because sharing a network with strangers can suck out most of your bandwidth and cause serious privacy and security problems. So, WPA password is absolutely essential, especially for home Wi-Fi.
There are several ways to improve your bandwidth by using DIY tricks. Most of these include building various types of Wi-Fi extenders. You can make them from:
- Tin foil – by rolling it into a tube and placing it on router’s antenna;
- Aluminum can – by cutting it open and putting it around the router’s antenna;
- Cooking strainer – by placing a metal cooking strainer on top your router.
If you’re more computers savvy, you can also hack your router and upgrade it to the DD-WRT Firmware. Wireless repeaters can also improve your bandwidth. This relatively affordable hardware can extend wireless coverage, although your Wi-Fi might not be as fast inareas beyond the original range. If you don’t want to buy a new piece of hardware and you have an old router to spare, you can always turn it into extender with some DD-WRT Firmware hacking.
As civilization is reaching the age of unlimited free internet, we’re all impatiently waiting for new technology that will improve internet accessibility even more. We may end up without any routers, repeaters or other discrete devices. Alternatively, we just may get better and more secure versions. We can only wait and see.