Today’s generation is literally a “techy” generation. Almost all the things that surround us are powered and innovated by new technologies making it easier and convenient to use. One of the greatest products of technology is the Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi, we can connect the world in the comfort of our home. However, it is so frustrating to see your Wi-Fi connection crawling. A slow connection is really annoying most especially if you are using your Internet connection for important matters. Sometimes, the signal strength of your Wi-Fi cannot even reach the whole house properly, even you’ve installed a best wireless router for your home already. Fortunately, boosting the signal strength of your Wi-Fi is possible and it can be done in the following ways:
One of the common mistakes made by many people is hiding their router. Your router may not be that beautiful but that doesn’t mean that you will hide it. Sometimes, the signal strength of your Wi-Fi will depend on your location. Try relocating it in a place where it is open, no obstructions and interference. Brick walls, remote control, cordless phone, and microwave oven can cause signal obstruction.
Sometimes, the main cause of slow Internet connection is because your router firmware is not upgraded. Firmware is a type of program in the computer which provides low-level control for the specific hardware of your device. When your internet connection seems crawling, it doesn’t mean that it is a bad router, sometimes, you just need to upgrade it. How easy to update your router will depend on your router’s manufacturers. Modern routers can be easily upgraded because the update processor is in its administration interface. Older routers will require you to download the manufacturer’s firmware on their website.
Most of the routers today have QoS tools or quality of service. This is used to limit the amount of bandwidth of the applications (apps) you use. There are applications that use a large amount of bandwidth. Regular video chats, Netflix use, torrent files and online games will cause slow internet connection. With the use of QoS, you can prioritize the most needed and important application among others.
If your neighbors are using the same Wi-Fi channel the signal strength may decrease because of their router’s interference. Change of the numbers of Wi-Fi channels and remove interference to improve your signal strength. To do this, you can use certain too like Wi-Fi analyzer; it can help you in finding the channel which can be perfect in your house.
Boosting your signal can also be done through adding a signal amplifier. Signal amplifier or signal booster can be attached to your access point where an antenna is usually connected. You can use Bi-directional boosters to do signal amplification with your signal strength in both transmit and receive directions.
You can also boost the signal’s strength through doing a little bit of hacking. To do this, you can install DD-WRT firmware to make some extension of your signal’s strength. It can give you both secure features and many other enhancements. However, it can bring some danger to your router but it will not be a problem because most routers today can handle higher usage of data.
Another way to boost the strength of the signal is to add a wireless access point. There are businesses that used to deploy many APs or wireless access points to cover their big building’s offices. In this case, many households will not benefit it. Through using AP’s for your home Wi-Fi, you can have good signal strength. Adding an AP to your home network will need you a connection to gateway or also known as primary routers.
Upgrading the radio antenna of your router will also improve the signal of your Wi-Fi. There are antennas that do not pick up radio signals, in this reason; you may upgrade your antenna to enable it to pick radio signals. There are manufacturers, who introduce “high gain” antennas, however, it’s a bit expensive than the ordinary one.
One of the best options to increase the signal strength is to add a Wi-Fi extender. Wi-Fi extender is a unit or device which will be positioned within the router and the access point. Wi-Fi extender will connect the device and the signal source through retransmitting it. This is an effective solution for those who suffer from poor or weak signal. But, bear in mind that Wi-Fi extender will only work for those having a weak signal; it will not work for those who don’t have signal at all. In using Wi-Fi extender, the signal of the source will be the same to the access device.