We all know that a strong WiFi signal is a key to a good internet connection. But what if you want to extend your WiFi coverage? What if you have too many dead spots or interference from other networks? This article will show you how to improve your WiFi network coverage.
1) Update your Router:
Most routers come with the latest firmware pre-installed, but sometimes it is not. Make sure you review your router’s manufacturer’s website and download any updates for your device. If you don’t remember how to do this, check your owner’s manual or look up how to configure your WiFi network in general online.
2) Keep Your Router Cool:
Many people place their routers near windows, underneath tables, or on a bookshelf that may get too hot because of having some other appliance nearby like an air conditioner or heater. It’s best to find a central spot for your router where nothing is blocking it (don’t stack anything on top). Avoid putting it anywhere near curtains where drafts might blow through from outside as well.
3) Reposition it:
If you have a laptop or desktop computer that can be moved, then reposition it. Try to put your WiFi router closer to where most of your devices will be and away from walls or other objects that could cause interference. This doesn’t mean you need to place all your computers, TVs, and game consoles right next to each other but try putting them in different rooms if possible. While your router may not run on batteries or be portable, many newer routers can be configured wirelessly and quickly positioned. You might even consider buying a new one with adjustable antennas, so you make sure it optimally covers more than one area of the house while giving off the least amount of “interference” for some devices.
4) Reduce Time Spent Streaming:
If you’re streaming video or audio over WiFi, then reduce the time spent doing so while your router is trying to maintain a strong signal for other devices. This means if you’re going to watch an hour-long Netflix movie on your tablet, then only do it after 9 PM when no one else wants to stream YouTube videos, play games online, or check Facebook from their phone or computer. If you have multiple people in your household using too much data at once, this can cause a lot of interference and make it harder for each user to connect and hinder overall network performance.
5) Upgrade Your Router Capabilities:
If you’re still not happy with the coverage range of your WiFi network, then consider buying a new router. But make sure it’s not only faster but also has more features. For instance, newer routers will let you configure and organize separate networks for each family member or guest in your household through parental controls. QoS (Quality of Service) settings prioritize important traffic like video chat or VoIP calls over less critical applications like BitTorrent downloads, MU-MIMO to simultaneously connect multiple devices to your router at once, as well as other advanced capabilities.
6) Install Antennas:
Some people have the technology inside their budget to install an external antenna on their router, boosting its signal strength and range. The easiest way is to check your router documentation and see if it supports external antennas. Suppose it does, then buy an antenna that works with that device and plug it in. You should be able to purchase the right one for your model by looking it up directly on its manual or by using a site like Amazon.
7) Upgrade Your Internet:
If you’re getting tons of interference in general from other WiFi networks around you, then consider upgrading your internet connection itself. Most cable companies offer faster speeds than most DSL connections these days, allowing for less congestion from other users accessing the same bandwidth source at once, resulting in a more stable signal over all devices connected to your network, including smartphones, tablets, etc. computers alike.
8) Buy Technology That Improves Network Performance:
If you’re not trying to stream videos, play games, or have other family members watching YouTube or downloading torrents all at once, then maybe it’s time to get some technology that can improve the performance of your network and reduce interference. Think about investing in a newer WiFi router with more features and advanced capabilities like MU-MIMO WiFi. QoS (Quality of Service) settings for prioritizing bandwidth like video chatting over BitTorrent downloads and parental controls, multiple SSIDs, so each family member has their unique network name making it easier to identify which device is doing what behind the scenes and advanced security settings.