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 Wi-Fi signal at home.
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 we constantly try to disguise them so that they do not 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. Find the most central area of the house, if 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.
Be careful with the walls that the signal will have to go through, 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.
2) Stop allowing your Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi connection. It’s time to block them and improve the Wi-Fi signal.
Making a few small changes in the configuration of your Wi-Fi so that it is not stolen is very easy and will increase the strength of your connection and 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 the passwords that come by default in the router and deactivate the 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 access your router model specifically and how to make these adjustments.
3) 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 Wi-Fi antennas that will allow you to expand the range of your signal and achieve higher data transfer speeds.
4) Buy a signal enhancer
Even more powerful than antennas are signal boosters (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 through an ordinary light socket.