Are you getting the most from your Wi-Fi? Anyone who has watched their connection to Wi-Fi drop repeatedly, struggled to work with a slow connection, or walked through the house with a smartphone or tablet held in the air in the hope of finding any signal at all knows how frustrating spotty Wi-Fi can be. The problem can lie with a device’s receptivity to Wi-Fi, but if you’re not happy with your home or office’s Wi-Fi then the first thing you should do is work on improving the signal coming from your router. Here’s how:
Look for Interference
There may be devices or materials in your home or office that are interfering with your Wi-Fi signal. Cordless phones, baby monitors, alarm systems, remote controls and even microwave ovens can weaken Wi-Fi. A desktop computer’s metal case can actually physically block the signal, so can metal wall studs and even large groups of people. Keep anything that might get in the way of the signal 15 feet away from the router.
Make Your Own Amplifier
The metal in a simple soda can focus your Wi-Fi signal when you turn it into an amplifier for your router’s antenna. First, cut the bottom off the can and remove the tab. Leave the top of the can in place because the opening will become the base of your signal amplifier. Next, make a vertical incision down the full length of the can and cut part ways around the still-attached top. This lets you open the sides of the can like a sail. Finally, put your router’s antenna through the hole in what is now the base and secure it with a safe, removable adhesive like blue poster putty.
Position Your Router Thoughtfully
Where you put your router can impact your signal strength. The higher, the better should be your rule of thumb since an elevated router will encounter less interference. Mount your router on a wall or place it on a bookshelf. A position in the center of your home or office on an upper floor is usually best because radio waves travel down and laterally.
Configure Your Security
Make sure your router’s security features are turned on so people outside your household or office aren’t accessing your network without your permission. This is a good move not only because having too many devices on a network can make your Wi-Fi connection slower, but also because you could be held responsible for thieves using your signal to illegally download movies, music or worse.
Of course when you’re on the go, all the improvements you’ve made to your own router are moot. That’s when you need to think about receptivity.
There’s an App for That
Even the best smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Apple iPhone 5S from T-Mobile, can still have issues with Wi-Fi receptivity. However, there are plenty of apps – many of which are free – that claim to do just that. WIFI Booster, for instance, refreshes your connection to the nearest Wi-Fi signal automatically to ensure you’re getting the best possible signal strength while also analyzing your connection continuously so you can see how your position in a room is influencing your speed and adjust on the fly. Beside this there are apps for Android devices as well, like this WiFi Signal Booster app which helps in boosting the Wireless signals.
Utilizing any of these tips should help improve your Wi-Fi signal.