The wireless internet over the Wi-Fi network has made “miracles” in the life of modern man. Power uses your computer, smartphone, or tablet anywhere in the house – whether in the bedroom, in the kitchen, or even in the bathroom- is a great “gift” we can enjoy today that many of our ancestors never even dreamed about. However, not everything is flowers when it comes to the quality of the signal emitted by the routers.
Who has Wi-Fi at home already knows: there are always those places where the internet simply does not arrive. And, it seems to be no use appealing to anything unusual to improve the network signal. However, there are plausible solutions that can really solve – or at least lighten – the problem. Shall we go to them?
1. Update your router hardware and software
If you are experiencing difficulties with your Wi-Fi network, whether in connection or signal quality, which is weak in one location, upgrading your router software can minimize problems. This is a hint that many people are probably already bald at knowing.
However, it’s worth remembering: go to the manufacturer’s website and look for the model of your router. If so, download the update, access the device through the browser, and upgrade the firmware.
When it comes to hardware, you need to “battle” a bit more to upgrade your device. As many consumers receive the router- sometimes along with the modem – from the telephone company that is offering the internet service, switching the device on its own is not always an option. In these cases, it is worth calling the company and checking if there is a newer model of your equipment, and how to change it.
However, if the router is yours, buying a better one is not going to be a big problem. If you’re full of cash, betting on products like the Asus router setup ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 would be ideal. However, besides the unavailability in our country, the price may scare a little.
2. Reposition the router
Even if that tip doesn’t work, don’t worry, as there are some valuable new suggestions that can solve the wireless router-positioning problem. One is the Wi-Fi Solver FDTD, an Android application that helps people find the best place to put the device.
The principle of the application – of all the tips about repositioning the router- is based on the idea of centralizing the device. Therefore, it is recommended to leave the equipment in an area that appears to be equidistant from all points of the house. Think of it as if it were the center of a bubble, which will make it easier to search for the perfect spot.
3. Use signal repeaters
Everyone should have seen those devices that are plugged in and promise to solve all problems with Wi-Fi networks. In fact, repeaters may be the solution, but only in specific cases.
By running just like a signal booster, the repeaters just relay what the main router picks up. Although they favor the quality of the transmitted network, the speed is not always satisfactory. It’s like your notebook has all the “Wi-Fi bars” populated, but surfing the internet is slow.
Setting it up, however, is usually not a difficult task. Simply plug it into the power outlet, connect it through a network cable (which usually accompanies the product) to a computer, access its settings and place it as a signal repeater. Data for access to the device is usually located on its housing.
Another old but efficient solution is the Powerline adapters, devices that take advantage of the electrical network to transmit data simultaneously to the energy. Generally comprised of two handsets, one of them is connected to the router and sends the signal to the wires of the mains. The other, plugged into a remote socket, sends the data to the computers connected to it.
4. Follow the traditional tips
Some traditional but no less important tips should also be noted if you want to take the Wi-Fi network to every corner of your home. One is to search for a broadcast channel that is free and that favors the signal of its internet. The Wi-Fi Analyser, for Android, can help in this regard.
Taking away interference-causing appliances such as microwave ovens and cordless phones, and avoiding obstacles and physical barriers are also essential to improve signal quality in your residential rooms. And, do not forget to update your computer’s network adapter driver and make sure there are no smart guys stealing your Wi-Fi connection.