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Boost your Wi-Fi Signal at Home

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Are you struggling with getting Wi-Fi signals on your device in certain corners of your room? Do you suspect the Wi-Fi signal strength is weak which is preventing from getting the expected performance from your device? Getting Wi-Fi signal to every corner of your home can be challenging at times. Especially if the wireless source is kept in a fixed area. The steps mentioned here will help you find a solution to your problem.

Check placement of wireless router

Placement of wireless router play an important role in getting the signals properly. The presence of metallic objects and walls on the way of wireless signals travelling can block or slow down the signals. Adjust the placement of router. A little trial and error can get you figure out the right position for your router.

If you are tired of going to and fro, change the router position, come back and check the signal, try the professional way. Try the free tool heatmapper. Heatmapper will help you map the position and locate the right placement for your router. You can search for a video guide on using heatmapper on YouTube.

Replace your Router if needed

A major reason for weak signal is the type of router used. If you use a router which was provided by your ISP or if it is an old one, check the specifications of your router. Chances are that your router is an old over used one that supports the older 802.11a/b/g standards. It is better to get your own router which supports the latest standards in Wi-Fi Technology. Get a new router which supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac standards.

The 802.11ac routers are capable of transmitting signals both on 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. Most routers works on 2.4GHz. Switching your router to 5.0GHz reduce the number of interference which makes it faster and strong signals.

Try an external antenna

Get an external antenna apart from the one that already comes with the router. An external antenna is your best bet, if the Wi-Fi source cannot be moved. This is also a good option to remove the antenna in your old router and replace it with the new one.

When it comes to external antenna, there are 2 types –omnidirectional and high gain. Omnidirectional antenna transmits the signal in all direction, while the high gain transmits to only one side. So if are only worried about not getting enough signal in your room, get a high gain pointing towards your room.

Try Wi-Fi extender

Wi-Fi extender is also a great option to extend your Wi-Fi capability. Keep the Wi-Fi extender within your Wi-Fi’s range. The Wi-Fi extender log in to the router and recreate the signal. Modern Wi-Fi extenders do a good job in extending the signal capabilities.

The information here should help you fix the Wi-Fi problems.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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