In this ever-evolving, technology-driven world of ours, Wi-Fi connectivity has become a staple in our homes that link our devices to the internet and to each other. Smartphones, computers, printers, and even some TVs all depend on our homes’ Wi-Fi to broadcast and transfer content that we want and need. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi does have its limitations, and issues like having too many devices connected or being too far away from the router significantly reduces our Wi-Fi connectivity.
If you happen to live in a home where these problems occur far too often, follow the next couple of tips to ensure better Wi-Fi connection in your home on a more consistent basis.
1. Find a centralized location for the Wi-Fi router in your home. Keeping your router in one corner of your house will only give you a strong signal if you are within the area of the router’s signal radius. At the opposite end of your home, furthest away from the Wi-Fi router, you will have a very weak signal. If possible, station your router close to the middle of your home so that the signal is distributed equally, regardless of your position in the house.
2. Make sure that your Wi-Fi router is out in the open and away from any obstructions like walls and cabinets. You want your Wi-Fi signal to radiate freely to give you the best possible connection. This is not a mandatory rule, but it will give you a better Wi-Fi connection, so try your best to acclimate your router to this set-up.
3. Move your router away from appliances that may disrupt the Wi-Fi signal, like cordless phones, microwaves, etc.
4. Keep your Wi-Fi router as elevated as you can. Some people post their routers at the top of a wall so that their homes will receive better Wi-Fi signal. Do the same or find an alternative position that better fits your home.
5. Reboot your router. Whether the problem is over-heating, an outdated router, or an automatic change in your router’s configuration, a simple reboot can drastically boost your Wi-Fi signal. Depending on the type of Wi-Fi router you have, a reboot is recommended from once a week to once a month.
The best way to tell when to reboot is when you feel that your signal is starting to weaken for no apparent reason. You do this by unplugging the router’s power cord for about 20 seconds and then plugging it back in again. It’s that simple. Just make sure that you reboot during a time when no one in the house is using the Wi-Fi; otherwise, you’ll have some very upset family members complaining about a ceased Youtube video.