BOOST YOUR WiFi STRENGTH
7 Steps to Boosting Your WIFI Signal
Get Faster Internet Speeds Throughout Your Home
Do you live in a large home and find that the further you move away from the WIFI router the weaker your WIFI signal becomes? Like many homes these days getting a strong WIFI signal evenly throughout your home is more of a must then a want. We provide a range of options for our clients in providing an evenly distributed WIFI strength throughout their homes or businesses. We are experts in the field of internet and communications, we can scan your home for blackspots and offer you ways to boost your WIFI signal. To find out more get in touch or read on.
1. Update Your Router Firmware
Sometimes a simple firmware update of your router can dramatically boost your wifi speed and signal strength, especially if you have owned that router for a long time and have never updated the firmware before. Most of the current routers are quick and easy to update, but each router will be updated differently depending on the manufacturer and model. A common brand of router in Australia is Netgear, updating these routers is as simple as logging into your administrator interface and hitting the ‘update firmware link’ and that’s it, you’re done. Most of the current routers admin interface operates in the same manner. Older models you may need to go to the manufacturers website and have to download updates and install yourself. So, try updating your router firmware to give your wifi signal a boost. Router manufacturers are always tweaking software to squeeze out a little more performance and speed. How to access your router settings If you use Netgear get Netgear Genie here
2. Optimal Router Placement
When it comes to achieving the best wifi strength your router is capable of, it’s important to place your router in the best location for even coverage. Sometimes out of sight and out of mind can affect the wifi signal your router emits. We attend many jobs where clients have a router in a cupboard or in the garage, or some other out of the way place, your wireless router needs open spaces away from walls and other obstructions, not just physical barriers; heavy-duty appliances or electronics running in close proximity can impact Wi-Fi performance. Make sure your routers antenna is screwed in all the way, and is pointed vertically to boost wifi coverage just a little more. There are some tools you can use to help visualise your wifi blackspots, Heatmapper, or inSSIDer for Office, shows you both the strong and weak spots in your Wi-Fi network. There are mobile apps, too, such as Netgear’s WiFi Analytics.
3. What is Your Frequency?
Most of the current routers will be a dual-band router, giving you access to two separate frequencies to send your WIFI signal over. The standard 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Some of the older routers will only use the 2.4GHz band to transmit your WIFI signal on, but if you have a dual-band router try switching over to the less used 5GHz band. If you are seeing lots of routers in your network settings, there is a good chance that a high percentage will be on 2.4GHz band. So, by swapping over there will be less interference from other WIFI signals in your current location. It’s very simple to swap over, on your device go to network settings, find your SSID and you should see it has two different bands, SSID-2.4GHz, and SSID-5GHz. Select the 5GHz and enter your WIFI password if asked. This password will be the same as the 2.4GHz.
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4. Control Quality
Most current routers will have Quality-of-Service (QoS) tools to limit the bandwidth that applications use. Tweaking this can be very helpful if you do a lot of video streaming or use Voice over IP (VoIP) for making calls. It’s not fun if you are streaming a video or on a call and suddenly you get the spinning wheel of death or your call quality is affected, because someone else on the network is uploading a file to a cloud service or a video sharing platform. QoS settings can typically be found under advanced settings in the network’s administrator interface. Some routers may even make it easier by offering a multimedia or gaming setting, so you know those applications will be prioritised.
5. Update Your WIFI Router
If you are still sporting a router from 5 years ago, it may be time to upgrade to a new wireless router. The technology and sophistication of the modern routers will surpass any expensive router you may have bought 5 years ago or longer. If you are thinking of updating your router to the latest model, make sure you get the right one to suit your current needs. Some routers will give you an estimate of how many devices that a single router can take at any one time. Talk to your salesman at your local suppliers and let them know exactly what you need this wireless router to do, and they can help you find the best wireless router to give you exactly what you want. This on its own can boost your WIFI strength dramatically.
6. Wireless Range Extenders
Another option you can use if it comes down to the size of your home or office is a wireless range extender. Your wireless router can only work reliably over a certain distance, any further than the optimal range you will experience a decrease in signal strength and negative internet performance. A WIFI range extender can boost the existing WIFI signal from your router, and then rebroadcast it to a larger area of your home. You will need to follow the same kind of rules as far as placement is concerned. You will need to place your range extender in an open area that is close enough to the router that it will pick up a good signal, but close enough to the WIFI blackspots to help boost the strength to that area. Range extenders look similar to a router but act very differently, as fare as your router is concerned the range extender is just another client with an IP address, much like an iPad or Laptop.
7. Cabled WIFI Access Points.
Probably the best and most reliable way to boost your WIFI signal strength is to setup wired WIFI access points throughout your home or office. At the back of your router you can connect a cat6 cable to your gigabit switch and run the other end of the cable to a WIFI blackspot, then connect WIFI access points or range extenders, your WIFI strength will suffer no losses and that area will have just the same WIFI strength as if you were standing next to your router. A large percentage of our work is helping our clients solve WIFI signal strength problems, and when you need reliability and WIFI range to be spread over a large distance or area, a hardwired WIFI access point is usually the best option. If you are thinking this may be the best option for you, give us a call and we can help you decide on the best plan to help boost your WIFI signal strength.
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