There is nothing more exasperating than a slow and poor Wi-Fi signal. Loading a page or trying to watch a video can be agony, especially in those areas of the house that for some strange reason do not receive a signal line from your router, the dreaded dead zones. In this article we are going to see how to improve the WiFi signal at home.
There are many DIY (Do It Yourself) tutorials on the internet that explain how to make homemade antennas to boost the WiFi signal of your Router with just a can of beer or even a simple cardboard. But we want to think that we are not so desperate yet to start doing this type of crafts.
We introduce you 5 simple and cheap tricks to improve your WiFi signal throughout the house. But we warn you … if you are stealing the signal from your neighbor, it will be a bit difficult for you to carry out these tricks … and that without counting the crime of breaking and entering.
5 Keys to improve the WiFi signal
1. Put your router in an appropriate place
Routers are not exactly the most beautiful and elegant devices in the world and that is why they constantly we try to hide them so they don’t show too much. But one thing is to hide them and another thing is to hide them in the most hidden drawer or closet of the house, that drawer that never sees the light and in which cables and dust accumulate in equal parts.
If the situation of your router is this, the first thing you should do is remove it from the drawer. Look for the most central area of the houseIf your home has two floors, it is preferable to place it on the top floor, if it has more than two, it will always be more convenient to place it on the central floor.
Have watch out for the walls that will have to go through the signal, the master walls or those that are wider mitigate the signal a lot. Also make sure that the position of your router is completely horizontal and level. Otherwise, the signal instead of going through the walls perpendicularly, it does so diagonally, therefore it loses much more intensity as it has to cross more distance from the wall.
Finally try to place your router at a minimum distance of one meter from those devices or appliances that may interfere with the signal, such as: microwaves, speakers, refrigerators or halogen lamps.
This simple trick will help you improve your WiFi signal drastically and in a few minutes.
2. Stop allowing your WiFi to be stolen
Do you have neighbors? Have you never changed the configuration of your router since it was installed? Congratulations! You have earned the title of “good-natured neighbor” that is awarded annually to all those who involuntarily share their WiFi connection. It’s time to block them and improve the WiFi signal.
Making a few small changes in the configuration of your WiFi so that it is not stolen is very easy and will not only increase the strength of your connection but will also reduce the risk of private information or personal data being hacked.
There are two ways to greatly improve the security level of your router in less than an hour: Change passwords that come by default on the router and disable SSID broadcast (Hide your network). To make these two changes, you have to access the router with its IP from your computer, log in with the default username and password and look for both options in the configuration panel.
Depending on the router you have, the IP and access codes vary, so we recommend that you search in Google for how to specifically access your router model and how to make these adjustments.
3. Change the broadcast channel
All routers can work in different broadcast channels, just like other gadgets in your house and that of your neighbors do. These channels are normally numbered from 1 to 11 and your router will come with one of them as the default.
The most common WiFi channels are usually 1, 6 and 11, try switching between them to see which one works best for you. If none of the 3 works correctly for you, you can continue testing between the rest of the channels.
The less used a channel is, the less interference the signal from your Router will be and the better your internet connection will be. To change the channel, search in Google for the specific instructions for your router model.
4. Buy a more powerful broadcast antenna
Almost all routers come by default with one or more antennas to broadcast their signal. Except for some high-end routers, most have not very powerful antennas that we can perfectly replace with higher quality antennas.
There are many online electronics stores that sell these high-gain WiFi antennas that will allow you to expand the range of your signal and achieve higher data transfer speeds.
They are also quite cheap, for less than € 20 you can get a pretty decent antenna.
5. Buy a signal enhancer
Even more powerful than antennas are enhancers signal (Also more expensive). These devices work as repeaters and what they do is create new emission points in the house. It is as if we had several routers, although they really all broadcast through the main router.
These amplifiers are connected through the electrical network, only by means of an ordinary light socket. There are many models on the internet that go from € 60, before buying one, compare and review opinions of other buyers.