The Internet is now not limited to only PCs, almost every device in the home is now wifi enabled for convenience. Smart TV, Smart Refrigerator, Smart Washing machines are common these days and they use wifi for joining your home network so that you can control them from your smartphone. As all the devices need to be connected to the Wifi, the range should be pretty good. We’re here to help you with that. Here are 10 ways to improve your wifi range:
1. Place your router at open space at the center of the house
Generally antennas of router are omnidirectional which means wifi signal spread equally in all directions. So, if you place the router at the center of the house then there is a great possibility that you’ll get equally great signal all over the house. Also keep the router away from objects in open space so that the objects do not weaken the signal.
2. Update your Router’s firmware regularly
A firmware update is just like an OS update for the router that brings bug fixes and performance improvements. So, check your router’s setting for updates. There is a high chance that the firmware update can boost your signal range.
3. Use latest wifi standards
Latest wifi standards promise a better range and speeds. Also using the latest standards minimizes connection drops when you are at a distance from your router. So, while buying a router always go for the latest standards although it may be a little expensive than others.
4. Use both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies
Using both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz are recommended for a great range and high speed. Although 5Ghz is drastically faster than 2.4Ghz using 5Ghz only is not recommended as 5Ghz has very less range. Use 2.4Ghz AP when you are far from your router and use 5Ghz AP when you’re very close to the router.
5. Use wifi channel that is less congested or switch to auto
You should always switch your router’s channel to less-used one. If your wifi’s channel overlaps with your neighbor’s there might be performance drop and range issues due to interference. If you can’t always set the channel manually then set it to auto. The router will automatically choose the best channel for minimum interference.
6. Use repeaters or APs
If your house is very big and a single router can’t cover all the space then opt for Repeaters or Range Extenders. Try to use a wired one as wired extenders are more reliable and provide better speeds.
7. Use powerful antennas
The antennas that came with your router may not be the best one. If your router has a replaceable antenna then replace it with powerful antennas. Powerful antennas cover more range and also may give some speed boosts.
8. Use mesh wifi system
Mesh wifi systems are best if more than one ranger extendors are required. They provide great speeds while roaming around your house with wifi connected and will switch your connection between APs that has best signal strength.
9. Keep Channel width low
Larger the channel width more the bandwidth. Also larger the channel width more the interference with other channels. So, using a small channel could be beneficial for range but may hamper performance. Adjust channel width in accordance to your needs.
10. Upgrade your Router
If above all things fail it might be time to upgrade the router. Most people don’t realize that they have been using the same router for a long time. New routers come with performance and range improvements. So, change your router from time to time for a major performance boost.