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    Four Simple Tips to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

    Four Simple Tips to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

    Feeling like you are not getting a strong Wi-Fi signal in your home? You are not alone. There are four factors to examine when you are trying to ensure the fastest and strongest signal throughout your house.

    The importance of router placement!

    There are many five key aspects to consider when you are establishing a location for your router or routers:

    • If your connection has been set up in a non-central location in your home, use long cables to shift the router to the center of your home. You may need to hire professional audio visual installer to ensure the wires are secure and hidden.
    • Placing your router in the center on the house ensures equal access throughout your house. In the case that you have multiple routers, make sure they are properly spaced throughout your home.
    • If you are trying to place your router out of sight, hiding routers behind curtains and TV cabinets will greatly reduce the signal strength. Make your best attempt to place your router in an open location that is not the centerpiece of your entire room.
    • Elevate your router at least 3 or 4 feet off the ground, as router signals typically project downward.
    • Wherever you establish your router’s location, do not place other electronics in a close vicinity. The electromagnetic waves from TV’s, microwaves, and other electronics interfere with Wi-Fi signal.

    Router location is key for any router, whether the technology is old or new. Even the best routers won’t work well in the closet or hidden away in a cabinet.

    Wi-Fi Technology: State of the art or outdated?

    The quality, age and maintenance on your router come into play when talking about speed and strength of a signal. In order to ensure you have high output from your router, one must continually upgrade a router’s hardware and software. The hardware you utilize can make or break signal strength. If you want a high quality signal, don’t shy away from the latest technology. Additionally, Routers have a routine software updates to help improve signal strength. New routers typically have them more frequently than older routers, as they will need a little more attention.

    Is your Internet Service Provider the problem?

    Before you go on a shopping spree and buy all new hardware ensure that your service provider is not the problem. In some cases, simply increasing your service level can increase your Wi-Fi speed and strength. In other instances, it could be the provider itself as certain providers have better coverage than others. There are 2 sure fire ways to test each scenario and they start with a simple speed test:

    • Test your connection through your Wi-Fi
    • Plug in your computer via an ethernet cord and run the test, as well.

    If both are slow, then you should consider changing or upgrading your Internet Service Provider (ISP). On the other hand if your Wi-Fi is slow, your router may need to be updated or replaced.

    Securing you access from outsiders

    Do you have a password to protect yourself from a neighbor or possible thieves using your WiFi? Better yet, is your password strong enough to prevent hackers from cracking the code? If you answered no to both questions or are unsure, each are aspects you must consider. In most cases your ISP provides you with a protected password for your router. When you purchase a router, you will have to set up your password on your own. If you are having trouble, you can talk with a professional here at Radioactive Electronics.

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