Nowadays we are used to connect to the Internet from everywhere: schools, offices, pubs, restaurants, remote locations where there’s mobile coverage; but sometimes the place where we can’t connect properly is our house, or some rooms of it. Following these 5 easy steps, you might improve your Wi-Fi network coverage, without having to buy a new router!
The steps are easy, but if they aren’t clear you may watch the video at the end of the article:
- Try to put the router in plain sight, possibly in a central position in your house: closing it in a closet won’t allow the electromagnetic waves to propagate properly, because the concrete and the metal in the walls might absorb or block them. Theoretically, if you see the router from a certain room, you can connect to it.
- Don’t put the router on the floor, unless you want to connect from the basement.
- Place the router far from other electronic devices: TVs, microwave ovens, and even cordless phones might disturb or shield the electromagnetic waves.
- If your router has external antennas, adjust them differently: if it has two, place one horizontally and the other one vertically. Laptops have their antenna usually placed horizontally, whether for smartphones and tablets it depends on how you are holding them.
- If any of the above won’t improve your Wi-Fi coverage, try using an app to determine where the signal gets lost:
you can try CloudCheck (iOS, Android) or Wi-Fi SweetSpots (iOS, Android) to measure the strength of the connection and get an ideathe best that I’ve found until now is Network Signal Info, that allows you to trace a graph of the signal power.
If you still have troubles connecting from certain zones of your house, consider buying a Wi-Fi extender, that you can find relatively cheap from online stores these days. Now, the video that was used as an inspiration for this article: