Location, location, location... of your wifi router. The best router location in any house is high off the floor and out in the open, close to the ceiling and the center of the house. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding where you wifi router is going to live in your new home.
While it may be effective, suspending your router from your ceiling definitely won’t win you any interior decorating awards. Instead of high up on the first floor, try placing your router on the ground on the second floor of your home.
On the mantel:
This assures your router is high up off the ground, and close to the center of the home. While it might not be the most attractive thing to place beside your porcelain cat figurines, getting that router higher up in the room may be worth it for the boosted signal.
If you can’t keep it in the line of sight of your PC, laptop, tablet, phone, and game console, keep it close to whichever device you use the most.
Where to Avoid Placing Your Router: Not all nooks are created equal. Some parts of your home will significantly dampen your Wi-Fi signal. Keep in mind, walls can dampen Wi-Fi signals significantly, as do concrete, insulation, glass, brick, water, mirrors, and file cabinets.
Near the kitchen:
Metal messes up your router’s Wi-Fi signals, as does your microwave — the two devices use the same frequency. If your signal wigs out every time you microwave something, or if your Wi-Fi is unexplainably weak, put some distance between the kitchen and your router.
Ways to Improve Your Signal Strength:
If you’ve tried placing your router upstairs, on the mantel, within sight, and away from walls, concrete, and metal and you still aren’t getting a strong signal, you might have to look beyond simply moving your router for a signal boost.
Adjust the antennas:
Try readjusting your router antennas for better reach. Pointing the antenna upward sends the signal farther out horizontally, while pointing it sideways will do the same vertically. Buy a signal booster: When all else fails, buy a signal booster or extender.
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