Have you ever wondered if you can boost WiFi signal and improve the speed of your internet connection? This article will share tips that can help you boost wifi signals with ease.
A few years ago when I bought a long-range wireless router for my home use, I was initially disappointed with my selection of the Wi-Fi router just two days after using it. The reason being that the signal strength was so weak I could hardly connect and browse the Internet from the next room.
But before I returned the router, I checked on the net for any configuration or tuning that I should have made on the router which I may have not known and may have helped to extend the signals, and I did find options that helped me to boost WiFi Signal.
After a few hours of troubleshooting, it turned out to be something so simple that I easily overlooked, and the boosted my Wi-fi Speed. Mentioned below are some of the tips and tricks to help you extend the range of your wireless router and boost WiFi Signal, both at home and office, with almost negligible cost.
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Wireless range extender tips
Check the location of your router: The location of the router is very important. If you need wireless connectivity in almost every room of your house, then relocating your router to a central location of the house is going to help you a lot. The router should also not be placed near another radio transmission emitting device such as cordless phones, wireless speakers, etc as those devices can interfere with the router’s transmission and eventually weaken the signals.
Boost wifi signal using tinfoil: You will be amazed to see the difference that an ordinary tinfoil can make to your wireless signals. Simply put tinfoil behind your router as if you are redirecting all the signals in a particular direction and you will notice an immediate boost in the signal strength. This is very simple to understand but a little tough to make it work. You will have to spend some time with your tinfoil shapes before you get it right and successfully boost WiFi Signal.
Tip: Keep your laptop somewhere close by but not too close so every time you tweak with the parabolic tinfoil, you can watch the signal strength indicator in your laptop to see if it worked. If you need help with the shape of the tinfoil, check out parabolic tinfoil printout.
Install a different firmware: Using Linux based firmware called DD-WRT can provide you a lot of features that usually don’t show up in your router’s admin console. If you don’t understand what this means, just don’t attempt it. Upgrading the firmware need experience and you could also end up leaving your router useless. Be careful!
Install a different antenna: Yes, that’s right. You can change the default antenna with a better uni-directional antenna to extend the range of your router or you can build a wireless router antenna yourself. Remember that uni-directional antennas focus all the signals in a particular direction while Omni-direction covers all the directions. If you are going to place the router in a central location of your house, ignore this tip.
Other ways to boost wifi signals
• Adding a wireless repeater can extend the range of your wireless network without the need for any wiring, so you can boost WiFi signal this way.
• Try changing the channel on which your router is broadcasting. Depending on the model, your router could be capable of broadcasting on different channels. Try to change the channel to see if you successfully boost WiFi signal.
• Upgrading the firmware or drivers of the network adapter on your laptop and your router to the latest one can sometimes help as the latest firmware could fix some issue which may, in turn, boost WiFi signal. You may want to check the release notes of the firmware or driver before upgrading.