- Select a Good Place for Your Router
Not all places are equally suitable for your router. To start with, you want to avoid placing your router close to metal objects and appliances that emit electromagnetic waves.
Metal is the top disrupter of a Wi-Fi signal, and its presence close to a Wi-Fi router can easily create a large dead zone. Other materials, including glass, wood, plastics, foam, and cardboard, can also disrupt a Wi-Fi signal but their influence of Wi-Fi signal strength tends to less severe. Other problematic appliances are washing machines, tumble dryers, televisions, cordless phones, and radiant heaters. If you have any of these appliances at home, keep your Wi-Fi router as far away from them as possible to boost Wi-Fi signal. Wi-Fi signals radiate outward in all directions, not just horizontally.
When your router is on the floor, its ability to emit strong signals is severely limited. For the same reason, people who live in multi-store houses should always locate a Wi-Fi router near the ceiling on the first floor. This way, even the second floor will receive consistent coverage
- Switch to a Different WI-FI Channel
Many users leave their router set on the default channel. Therefore, if you switch to the less occupied channel and you’ll notice the difference.
This results in a Wi-Fi traffic jam as too many packets are trying to drive on the same line. The solution is simple: find out which channel is occupied the least and switch to it. This can be done with the help of Net Spot, a professional and easy-to-use Wi-Fi analysis and surveillance tool.
With a new channel selected, you need to tell your Wi-Fi router to use it:
- Log in to your router as admin.
- Go to Settings and look for Wireless Settings.
- You should see an option called Channel. The chances are that it will be set to Auto.
- Select the desired channel.
- Save the new settings and wait for your router to restart.
- Do a Simple Reboot
The timeless IT advice, “If it doesn’t work, try switching it on and off”, also applies to WiFi routers. A simple reboot is often enough to considerably improve your WiFi speeds. A reboot clears the router’s memory and allows updates to install.
- Set up Mesh WI-FI Devices
Sometimes, a single router — no matter how capable — can’t reliably cover the entire living space with a strong Wi-Fi signal. In such cases, it’s best to set up a mesh WiFi system, which consists of the main router and multiple satellite units that together provide seamless Wi-Fi coverage.
Some of the most popular mesh Wi-Fi systems available from our website too. And we offer some recommendations in other blog post. What’s great about mesh Wi-Fi systems in general is that you can expand them depending on your needs. This means that you can start with just one main router and one satellite unit and upgrade only if your Wi-Fi is still not performing up to your expectations.