From slow speeds, poor reception and downright failing to connect, Wi-Fi, as much as we value it, can be frustrating to say the least. Sometimes, however, the problem does not lie with your ISP, it lies with your Wi-Fi router and its signal strength and range. If you find that you want to tear your hair out because of Wi-Fi issues, here are a few tips on how you can boost your routers range.
Place it just right
Finding the perfect spot for your router will take a little trial and error. One mistake that most people make is that they try to ‘disappear’ their router simply because it doesn’t quite go with the decor in the room. Hiding it behind your TV or under your couch may not be the most prudent of ideas. Often, the best way to get great signal strength is to have your router out in the open. You should keep it away from any walls or obstructions and you should have the antennas out perpendicularly. If you can find an elevated spot that is centrally located, the better.
Hack the router
By installing the DD-WRT firmware in your router you can greatly extend its range. Although this is kind of advised against because some routers could develop even bigger issues due to the hack, adding the DD-WRT firmware to your router can boost its transmitting power up to 70mW. Additionally, the firmware comes with a wide range of security features that will help keep intruders and Wi-Fi siphons out.
Sometimes, the cause of the problem is the degree of interference that gets to your router. From other routers, to microwaves, cordless phones and a great number of other home appliances can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. This greatly affects its range. One of the best ways to deal with this is to buy a dual band router or simply buy cordless phones that use other bands. Another options, the much cheaper one, is to simply move your router away from these appliances.
Get the latest hardware
Buying the latest wireless routers is often one of the best ways to ensure that you get great signal range. Most people may not be familiar with the latest models and thus are at the mercy of the ISP, but an easy way to get through this is to know that: Wireless N and the newer Wireless AC have the fastest speeds around. Wireless A, B, and Wireless G are very old and will not perform as well. You need to know that if you are going to go for Wireless N, then you need to buy a wireless N card as well. This will give you full speed advantages.
Use the right channel
There are a lot of interference in any neighborhood. From neighbors who have wireless routers as well to your typical home appliances like cordless phones and microwaves. All this greatly degrades your wireless signal. You need to find a wireless channel that suffers least interference. You can use a Wi-Fi Analyzer or a Wi-Fi Stumbler to pinpoint the best channel for your home. This way you will get a stronger signal.
These are just some of the tricks that you can use to extend your wireless routers range and enhance its security.