Do you have any wireless dead zones at home; an area of your house where you don’t have any wireless connection to your router? Almost everyone using wireless routers have wireless dead zones in certain areas of their home. These things do happen and sometimes can’t be avoided. However, there are certain measures that you can take to improve the wireless reception at your home and reduce the occurrence of wireless dead zones.
Here are four (4) measures that you can take:
1. Place the wireless router in the most central position in the house
If you place your wireless router in a room at the edge or the corner of the house, the radio waves from the router will not be able to properly reach the opposite end of the house. The radio waves will encounter more solid objects (such as walls) moving from edge to edge or corner to corner of the house. Remember that every solid object that the radio waves encounter, the weaker the signal becomes. Doing this will definitely create dead zones. However, placing the router in the most central position in the house allows the radio waves to reach all four corners of the house as there will be less solid objects to encounter.
2. Place the wireless router in a high position
Radio and television broadcasters and even cellular network providers place their antennas either at the top of a very high hill or at the top of the highest building within the area. Doing so increases the coverage of the radio waves from their antennas as the waves will be able to reach as far as possible. Therefore, placing your router at a high point within your home allows the radio waves to spread more effectively throughout the house and improves the coverage of your wireless network. Securing the router at a high point on the wall or placing it at the top of a cupboard will do wonders.
3. Use a Wireless Repeater or Wireless Booster
Wireless repeaters are devices that are placed in an area where the wireless connection from the router is rather weak but it can still connect to the network. It takes the weak signal from the router and rebroadcasts it so that its radio waves can reach the areas that the router could not. It eliminates dead zones in those hard to reach places and to top it off, wireless repeaters are easy to setup and use.
4. Upgrade the current wireless router
If nothing you try seems to improve the reception of Wi-Fi within your home, it may be a clear sign that it is time to upgrade your current wireless router. New technologies in wireless routing are being developed and introduced every year that can deliver faster speeds with improved range. Ask a professional for assistance in choosing the best router for you that will improve Wi-Fi reception at your home.
When shopping around for wireless routers to set up a Wi-Fi connection, you realise a particular trend in the routers: some are marked ‘2.4 GHz’ while others are marked ‘5 GHz’. Then you ask yourself.....’Is there really a SIGNIFICANT difference?’ And technically, there is. Knowing the difference between a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz wireless network (Wi-Fi) will definitely help you to make the best decision on the kind of wireless network to set up at home, at a business or even in a condominium.
First of all, a Wi-Fi connection uses radio waves to connect your computers, mobiles, and other devices together. Radio waves are distinguished from each other by their frequencies; such as 1600 KHz radio waves used by AM radios and 108 MHz radio waves used by FM radios. Wi-Fi networks generally use two different frequencies: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Each frequency provides its wireless network with an advantage over the other and we will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the two kinds of wireless networks.
Just remember than the term ‘bandwidth’ refers to the speed at which data is transferred over the wireless network (more bandwidth means faster downloading and uploading) and ‘range’refers to the maximum distance from the router at which the network can be received (the greater the range, the further you can be from the router and still be connected).
2.4 GHz Wireless Networks
5 GHz Wireless Networks
Now that we have analysed the pros and the cons for both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz wireless networks, which wireless network do you think will be the best for you?
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