How To Boost Your WiFi Signal
Having a strong and reliable WiFi Signal is a crucial part of any broadband connection. Broadband usage can be significantly limited if you find that your connection cuts out, or does not reach certain parts of a building. You may also have problems with getting the right broadband speed through a router. There are multiple solutions that you can try, which will require varying levels of investment. These range from attempting to optimise your existing connection, through to upgrading your WiFi to new router and booster technologies.
An existing WiFi signal can be boosted in several ways. As with any broadband test, it is worth first checking your average speed through an online service. Doing this will provide you with a clearer sense of what speed the Internet should be, and whether the problem is with the router or your connection.
If you feel that the problem is with the performance of the router, try to adjust its position. Moving a router away from the floor or metal objects can improve its signal strength, while placing it in a central location within a building will help to equalise its range. It may also be worth considering replacing the wireless network card within your computer, or changing the antenna on a router.
Another, more lo fi option, is to try to boost your signal by using paper or tinfoil antennas. These can be attached to the top of a router, and work as parabolic antennas. This option will, however, require a lot of experimentation with different types to be successful, but could work as a short term fix. Other options include changing the frequency that the router uses from 2.4 GHz to a higher frequency like 5.8 GHz. A lot of electrical equipment in the home uses the former frequency, which can lead to interference.
Perhaps the best option for boosting your WiFi signal is to invest in new routers, speed boosters, and wireless ‘N’ technology. New routers now offer 802.11n wireless, which supports transfer rates of up to 300 MB, more than double average speeds of older routers. N technology offers higher bandwidth, and an improved signal. Moreover, 802.11n routers are back compatible with older systems.
Many suppliers are also offering booster routers and other signal enhancement technologies. These include BT Home Hub 3 routers and Virgin Super Hubs, which are designed to handle stronger signals. Boosters of this kind can also be combined with wireless repeaters for larger buildings, which ensure a more consistent signal.
However, you may ultimately find that the best way to improve your signal is to invest in a new broadband connection. Wireless routers can only work with the broadband you have, and a stronger signal will not significantly increase the speed of a connection. Investing in ‘N’ routers and boosters will make a difference though to making the most of a high speed broadband connection, particularly if you want to enjoy the same speeds and reliability around a large building.
Olivia is a hardcore technophile, when he’s not tweaking hardware or building custom apps he’s out finding the best broadband deals for his friends and family.