Wednesday - Nov 13, 2019

How To Boost Home Wi-Fi – A Useful List to Go Through


Wi-Fi is everywhere these days, and you would think that with the latest technology and improvements, that reception would be a problem of the past. However, plenty of people are still getting lackluster signals in their homes, and feeling like your mobile USB key or cellphone Internet has better reception than the connection set up in your home can feel pretty bad. Even the moon now has it own Wi-Fi spot *link*, so there must be some way to get this signal right in our own terrestrial homes. Here's a useful list to go through to boost your home Wi-Fi.

Leave Old Technology Behind

Boosting your home Wi-Fi starts by the choice of your technology, which will dictate what you're going to be able to do in terms of signal reach. As of 2014, the N technology is the one that you should choose to get the very best speeds. In fact, if you're reading this, chances are high that you're on A, B or G technology and looking to get something better. Still though, purchasing N material is no guarantee that you will be getting higher speeds, as there are many possible troubles that can somewhat ruin an expensive purchase. The N technology should also be on both your wireless card and router to achieve the best result. The next technology to surpass N is 802.11AC, which should become more common within the next year or so.

Aim Higher With Your Router Placement

Placement can be a bit of an issue because of your esthetic and practical reasons, so we generally choose to place our router or router/modem near an outside wall or right on the desk where we work. Signal-wise, this isn't the best. Experts instead recommend that users do the counter-intuitive thing – place the router as close to the middle of their home as possible, and as high up as they can. This helps you benefit from the full 360 degrees signal and to avoid more obstacles in your home. The reason for the height? Wi-Fi signal simply travel better downwards and sideways than upward. So, if you've just moved in a new apartment and your router is still on the floor, it's time to set up something better.

Is Your ISP Lying?

And now, before moving on to any other problems, check your Internet provider. Your ISP is indeed responsible for the speed of the very basic signal of all this. If your ISP is not providing you with the speed advertised and what you paid for, there's a problem. Speedtest.net is a website where you will either get the bad news or a bit of relievement concerning the speed you're getting. If there's a problem with your result, call your ISP and make sure you’re getting your money's worth. Also talk to the technician on the line concerning your home Wi-Fi problem as he knows your router/modem's habits and flaws well enough to assist you in improving your speeds.

Avoid Interference

Interference comes from all kinds of other devices. If you suspect that a device is causing interference to your home Wi-Fi since you bought it, you can move your router away from it. Interference can also come from your neighbors, so in that case you can switch channels using tools like inSSIDer (http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/). If you notice a lot of network options when you pull up the tab at the bottom right of your screen, investigate on this aspect.

Improve Security and Repel Stealers

Sometimes, we don’t need to look very far for slow speeds, as there could be people directly stealing your connection. To verify that, either check if the light of your modem is blinking even if all your devices are turned off, check the list of devices associated with your router or use a specific software to catch those Wi-Fi stealers. For that list of devices, accessing it is generally done by typing your IP in your browser, and the steps that follow depend on your router, company and interface. You can either use the manuals at your disposal or call your ISP.

Repeat your Signal

One of a few extra tricks you can look into is to use a Wi-Fi repeater. If you have an old router laying around at home, you can use it to rebroadcast your signal. This can be especially useful if your house is big or if you’re really stuck with a poor position of your main router. You can use a router firmware like DD-WRT (dd-wrt.com) to accomplish the setup of your extender using some guides online.

Did you put your hand on the problem using the list above?