Your Wi-Fi connection is one of the most important pieces of your home networking puzzle. The more connections you have, the easier it will be to connect to devices both inside and outside your home. But because everyone has a different taste when it comes to wireless networks, it can be hard to know which features will make your connection the most effective. Thankfully, there are some simple tips that will help you boost your signal so that you can enjoy a better Wi-Fi experience at home and at work. Fortunately, just a few easy steps can increase the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. Follow these tips, and you’ll soon find that fast and stable connections are common sense — not magic.
1. Tips for Increase the Signal Strength of Your Wi-Fi
One of the most effective ways to increase the strength of your Wi-Fi connection is by using an access point. An access point is a special device that can “bond” your network to the Internet. Using an access point, you can generate multiple strong Wi-Fi signals that will travel throughout your house. Unfortunately, an access point is the most complicated piece of equipment on your network.
Plus, it can be quite pricey — usually around $80 for a basic model. If you’re on a tight budget, you can try an alternative that is just as effective, but costs less than an access point. Other than an access point, the only other piece of equipment you need for a strong Wi-Fi network is a router. A router is just like an access point, but it’s designed to be connected to other routers in the same area. That way, you can create a large, scaleable network with many different types of devices connecting through just one router.
If you don’t have a lot of space to devote to a Wi-Fi network, a router placed in a bedroom or another small room can easily cover an entire house. If space is a concern, or if you have a large family, you can purchase a convenient multi-room Wi-Fi router like the NETGEAR Orbi. This 6- router system is perfect for large families who need plenty of Wi-Fi coverage.
1.1 Use the Right Router for Your Networking Needs
One of the most effective things you can do to boost the strength of your Wi-Fi network is to use the right router for the job. Many people buy a simple wireless router without even realizing how crucial this is to their home networking. The wrong model can make your Wi-Fi connections sound muddy and unresponsive, and can also cause issues with your Internet speed. In fact, a poor router connection is one of the most common causes of Internet slowdowns in the home.
This is because when a device (such as a laptop or smartphone) is on the same network as the router, it can cause interference by attempting to pull too much data at once, or by blocking other devices from getting a strong enough signal to send data back to the server. To keep things cleaner, try out different models from different manufacturers before buying a full-blown router. You can also check out our roundup of the best budget routers to find a reliable option that won’t break the bank.
1.2 Double Check Your Router
One of the easiest things you can do to ensure that your router is working properly is to double-check its connection to the Internet. To do this, turn on your modem — the device that’s connected to your modem and your Internet provider — and connect a speed checker device to the Internet connection. If your modem reports that it’s capable of connecting to the Internet, but the speed checker device reports a lower speed, your router is probably malfunctioning. To double-check, unplug the modem from the wall and plug it into a different computer. Then, switch the modem on, and see if it reports the same speed as the speed checker. If it doesn’t, your router is probably broken, and you should get it fixed. If it does, though, you can continue to use it with a few adjustments.
1.3 Set Up Guest Wi-Fi
If you have guests coming over for the holidays, or you just want to treat yourself, you can set up a guest network without having to buy a single thing. Simply plug a guest network adapter into an available port on your router, and connect your guests’ devices to the same network as you’re using. Don’t be shy about sharing your Internet connection with your guests, either — most modern routers support public Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to be the only one on the network. If you want to go all out, you can even set up a guest network with guest Wifi passwords — provided you remember them all correctly. Whether you choose to use a VPN or a guest network, though, you’re giving your guests access to a network that’s only as strong as the weakest link in the chain.
1.4 se an Extender or NighEye
If you have a large house, or you’re on the fence about whether you should upgrade to a 802.11ax or Nighthawk router, you may want to consider an extender. An extender is a device that’s used to increase the range of an existing Wi-Fi network. When you extend a Wi-Fi signal, it’s like adding a branch to your own tree. With a few extra branches, your own tree looks even healthier than it would if you actually bought a tree. In fact, an extender is often refer to as a Nighthawk for its ability to double as a wi-fi repeater. Although both of these uses are pretty interesting, they’re really only useful if you have a really small space between your router and the extender. If you have an entire room or a large house, a Nighthawk simply won’t cut it. If you have to choose between an extender and a Nighthawk, go with the extender. It’s essentially a free upgrade.
2. How to boost wifi signal through walls
If you have a large house, or you’re in the process of buying a new house, and your Wi-Fi is already a bit weak, or you’re in a building with other Wi-Fi signals, you may want to try this tip. With a few inexpensive electrical adapters and extensions, you can try to boost the range of your existing Wi-Fi signal by using an outlet in a wall or two in the same room as the router. If you have an electrical wall outlet in the same room as the router, and you put an electrical adapter in the outlet, you can try to increase the range of the Wi-Fi signal. The adapter can be any standard plug, and it can be plugged into an electrical wall outlet or a plug that looks like an electrical wall outlet. Next, make sure both devices are on the same network, and then try to connect to the router. You may have to experiment with several outlets until you get the right amount of interference from other networks. If you’re running into difficulties, try moving the router to a different room, or building an extension cord between the two rooms to increase the distance between the signals.