How to strengthen your WiFi signal
Home & Business Internet Blog | MATE | 25 October 2022
There’s no denying that a good WiFi signal is essential to your internet connection. While your internet service provider might be offering a fast internet speed and unlimited data, sometimes you just can’t get a strong connection via your Wi Fi signal. We rely on wireless devices like laptops, phones and tablets for work, study and entertainment, so a strong and reliable internet connection is a must-have to maximise your internet speed.
If your home or office suffers from weak Wi Fi signal, there are a few things you can do to try and strengthen your home Wi Fi networks. Here are 4 tips to help boost WiFi signal.
1. Change the position of your WiFi router to improve the WiFi signal
If you’re still experiencing poor Wi Fi signal after turning your WiFi off and on again, it may be because your existing modem router is positioned in an inconvenient spot to maximise wireless network coverage from your wifi router. Try moving it to a more central location in your home or office, making sure it’s raised off the ground (at least 10cm) and away from thick walls or metal objects that can all interfere with the wireless signal.
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2. Check for interference on your Wi Fi signal
One of the main causes of poor Wi-Fi signal is other electronic devices causing interference on your wi fi router. This can be everything from microwave ovens and bluetooth speakers to baby monitors and wireless security cameras. If you have any devices in your home or office that use the 2.4 GHz frequency band, they could be interfering with your WiFi signal.
To check for interference, carry out a simple Google search for “WiFi analyzer” followed by the name of your device’s operating system (e.g. “WiFi analyzer iPhone”). This will bring up a list of apps that you can use to scan your surrounding area for electronic devices that could be causing interference.
3. Update your router’s firmware via your internet connection
Firmware is the software that controls a device’s general settings and performance. Like any software, it needs to be updated from time to time in order to keep pace with changing technology standards and advances in security. Many people forget to update their router’s firmware, but it’s important to do so if you want to maintain optimal performance on your Wifi signal.
To check if there are any updates available for your wireless router, log into the web interface using the IP address provided in your router’s documentation (usually located on the underside of the device). Once logged in, locate the “Administration” or “Firmware Upgrade” page where you should find instructions on how to update the firmware on your wireless router.
4. Consider upgrading to mesh WiFi to boose your wireless network
If you have a large home or office with multiple floors and rooms, investing in a mesh WiFi system (or Whole Home WiFi) could be just what you need to finally get perfect Wi-Fi signals to every corner of the building! Unlike traditional wireless routers and extenders that only cover small areas at a time, mesh Wi-Fi systems consist of multiple units (called nodes) that work together wirelessly to blanket an entire area with fast and reliable WiFi signal and internet connectivity.
All you need to do is place one node near your modem/router combo unit and then place additional nodes around your home or office until desired Wifi signal coverage is achieved – no Ethernet cables are required! Once upgraded, there should be no problem having multiple devices connected anywhere throughout your home or office.
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