Are you frequently restarting your router to get a better signal? If yes, you can try something more to optimize your wi-fi network. We often turn off and turn on the router, letting it some minutes to reboot hoping to get a stronger signal. But we don’t give a second thought that there could be many reasons for low wi-fi connection. Setting a strong password may not always help. Where you place your router, what are the objects placed between your device and router and settings of the router also impacts its signal broadcast. You have to consider many things. Here are simple steps which would be helpful to you.
1. Router Placement
Where you place the router also matters the signal strength. Put your router in an open space, high from the floor and at the centre location so that it can send out signals to all direction. Router elevated to higher position can give strong connection. Router needs open spaces so keep it away from electronic devices to get a better signal.
2. Change wi-fi channels
Most of the router has the channel set to Auto. All modern routers are multichannel. If you want better signal, channels 1, 6 and 11 are better options. If you are using the default channel on a router and your neighbour also happens to use the same channel, there might be congestion. If you have a neighbour which is using the same channel as you, it’s time you change the channel. You can know what channels are in use with the manual you get with the router. After knowing the channels that are in use, switch channel with less congestion on your router.
3. Get a wifi extender
You can get a wireless range extender to boost your signal. It looks similar to a router. It picks up a signal from the router and rebroadcasts it. It should be kept close enough to your main router to pick up a good signal.
4. Replace antenna
Adding external version to already built-in antenna you have can also help to get the stronger signal. You can get an external antenna that sends a signal to all directions or only to a particular direction you need.
5. Get a new router
A low signal might also mean that your router is too old probably five- six years old. Modern routers with the range of 802.11 n and 802.11ac deliver faster speed. So it’s time you get a new one. With the new router, you get a chance to experience new wireless technologies as well as take advantage of better performance.