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.
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