How annoying it is to move the computer to a new room in the house to suddenly see that “does not arrive although the WiFi”. And it is often as simple as better position the router or do some uncomplicated settings. For those who have ever desperate because of a deficit range of your wireless network or to those who are likely to go into crisis if they encounter a problem of this style, here’s a few tips to improve WiFi.
Better locate the router
Sometimes the router is not in the best position to transmit its signal. A room on the side of the house or a low shelf are not the optimal place. The device must be in a central location from which to offer a seamless connection to all areas that require it. If necessary, you can buy an Ethernet cable that place it in the best location.
Another option to improve the WiFi connection is set up a second router as another access point, which in practice act as a signal repeater. For this it is necessary to connect the two LAN ports of the devices.
Newer devices are even prepared to serve as access points. Once inside its configuration is as simple as clicking one of the options. For older models require more hands dirty.
The IP address should vary slightly from one router to another, make sure that the SSID and security are the same in both. Finally, on the second device DHCP network protocol must be disconnected.
Investing in infrastructure
Many models of new routers come with built-in antennas, but others are still outside. Of course you can change with a larger scope, which should provide a significant improvement. You can also purchase a repeater (usually works better than tap a second router), but these devices are not always easily configured to suit your network. Finally in the section on investment it is always possible to buy a new router, with more power and greater range.
A homemade solution
If what you want is not toil away a penny there are other ways to improve the WiFi connection, say way home. Anyone sounds creating a television antenna with foil? Well basically it’s the same.
This material, as well as other metals, extend the signal. It can be placed behind a router antenna screen mode (oriented as needed), creating a system similar to that used satellite dishes. Some have even proven effective soda cans for this purpose.
Change the channel of WiFi
Routers generally operate on channels 1, 6 or 11. If ours is one saturated improve performance by changing it to another. This information could be found with the free tool inSSIDer, which is full of data, but only have to look at the parameter ‘channel’. Then you must enter the router configuration to change the channel.
Updating the firmware
Routers are also software-based devices, but it will not always pay due attention, as if done on smartphones or computers. The routers for businesses often warn of firmware updates, but calling at the homes do not always do (especially the former). Updates can search the manufacturer’s website, download and then install them from the router interface.
But not only the router can increase performance if your firmware is updated. The same goes for the network adapters on devices or integrated antennas. You have to check the network configuration if the last update from the manufacturer is installed.