Wi-Fi that almost always works is often more frustrating than a system that will not work at all. To me, I feel like the Wi-Fi transponder should just know better and do better without me having to tinker with it. Unfortunately, my Wi-Fi box is just a unintelligent little box that has to be helped sometimes. Stability in signal is the linchpin in any house or home office. You may worry that at just the most pivotal moment the signal will be lost and hours or even days of work gone with it. Or you may just be annoyed that “How I Met Your Mother” has been interrupted by an ill-timed “buffering” message. The following are five cost effective measures to sure up a signal in any home and deliver signal strength to every corner of the home.
Image sent by author
Wi-Fi Strength is About Location
Keeping the internet router out of sight may be ascetically pleasing but does not provide optimal Wi-Fi coverage. The majority of homes pre-date the wireless revolution. Steel, concrete, and even chicken wire were used in older homes. These reflect, bounce, and even block signals. The best solution is to find an elevated central spot in the home. Let that signal travel freely Set the antennas completely upright. The attic might even be the best spot to locate your Wi-Fi. However relocating your internet router will require reputable electrician professionals like Circle Electric, Inc. to install the correct wiring to the location you feel is best.
Neighbors in close proximity will often choose the default factory setting for their Wi-Fi channel. A few moments of your day can be spent to see if you are warring with your neighbor for signal supremacy. On one occasion, I bought a wireless printer for the house. It wasn’t long after we got it set up that we started having all kinds of internet connection issues! We could not figure it out for the longest time until some tech support specialist told us to check the settings of our Wi-Fi channels. The printer’s wireless network was disrupting the wireless internet connection for our entire home. Software like Wi-Fi stumbler can ferret out busy channels so you can switch to one that is less frequented.
Unintended users of your bandwidth can greatly reduce your speed. The problem is quite common, especially in more urban locations. Consider bulking up the security of your system. MAC address filtering is effective to thwart all uninvited devices on your home internet network.
Reconstitute Old Equipment
An obsolete router can be transformed into a wi-fi repeater, which is a device that amplifies wireless signal. A type of firmware called DD-WRT can modify your old router into a repeater. The integrity of the device may not be perfect but the signal strength will be improved to the nooks and crannies of your home. The project is a potential Saturday DIY.
Unnecessary Internet Consumption
With memory being so cheap, programs can run quietly in the background on your computer without causing any speed issues to your actual device. But these programs do siphon valuable bandwidth. QoS is an under utilized option in the router defaults. By examining this system of options, you can reign in those free wheeling programs.
These tips and hacks can stabilize the most glitch filled systems into the bedrock of signal stability. The effect is a worry free Internet experience so you can excel in whatever endeavors you choose to pursue on the web.
By Hannah Whittenly