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How to Fix a Weak Signal From Your Wireless Router

Updated on November 28, 2016

Most households only have a single broadband connection. However, there are usually a multitude of devices that need to access and share that connection. Using cables is an option, but one that becomes a hassle, especially when you need to connect devices that are far away.

This is why most broadband providers will include a wireless router in addition to the modem. Both may even be integrated into a single device. Unfortunately, using a wireless router can sometimes lead to problems with poor signal reception.

The result of poor signal reception is that devices cannot access the broadband connection. There are many reasons why this can occur, which depends on the circumstances of each individual. Fortunately, there are several ways someone can resolve problems with poor signal reception.


Experiment by Repositioning Your Wireless Router to Get a Better Signal

The first thing you should do if you are confronted with poor signal reception is to reposition your wireless router. Depending on the layout of your home and the materials used during construction, your wireless signal may be suffering from interference.

It is better to position your wireless router as high as possible than nearer to the ground. You need to make sure that nothing can block the signal from reaching certain areas. Get rid of clutter and create as much open space in your home as possible. The signal should be able to travel as freely as possible.

Check The Settings Of Your Wireless Router

Most wireless routers have a setting that can increase or decrease the strength of the signal. Depending on its strength, the signal may not travel as far and will therefore not be able to reach all devices in your home. Increasing its strength should enable the signal to travel further.

Consult your manual and configuration to make sure that the relevant setting is set at maximum strength. The most common way to do this is to access the router configuration by typing its IP address into your browser. Change the setting if you have to and reboot the wireless router.


How to Fix a Weak Signal With Larger Antennas

All wireless routers have antennas that can sometimes be screwed off. In this case, it is possible to make the signal stronger by purchasing a bigger antenna for your router. Just replace the original antenna with a bigger antenna and you should get a stronger signal.

You can also do the same with the wireless adapters. The ones used inside desktop computers can usually be screwed off. Find a bigger antenna and use it to replace the original one. The wireless adapter will have its sensitivity enhanced and will be able to receive a weaker signal.

Buy a Repeater to Extend the Range of the Signal

A repeater is a device that picks up a wireless signal, amplifies the signal and then broadcasts whatever it has received. Using this method, the signal coming from a wireless router can be extended to cover a far greater area than is possible with only a wireless router.

Wireless adapters that are too far away to receive a signal can benefit from the extended range coming from a repeater. If your wireless signal falls short or is too weak for proper reception, a repeater is just what you need to fix the problem.


Upgrading to Newer Technology Can Fix a Weak Signal

The latest wireless technology usually features improvements in signal strength and range. For example, 802.11n is better than 802.11g, which is better than 802.11b. Depending on the technology currently used in your wireless router, you may be able to get a stronger signal with newer technology.

However, this does require a new wireless router. Upgrading your current wireless router is not possible. This may be somewhat costly, especially if your wireless router is integrated with your modem as is increasingly the case.

This method should only be considered if other alternative methods are not an option. You should first try to resolve the problem of poor reception with methods that are easier to implement. Once you have tried those, you can move on to the more expensive solutions.

Poor Reception Can Be Resolved Using Different Methods

Problems with poor reception that prevent you from using your broadband connection to its fullest can be resolved. It may take some time and some effort to find out how to solve the problem, but a solution definitely exists.

The question is not if, but how to solve the problem of poor signal reception. If you are lucky, you may be able to do so without spending a penny. In other cases, you may have to buy some new equipment to solve the problem.


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      calculus-geometry 3 years ago

      Good tips. It's amazing how well the signal can improve if you just move it to a new location. You can also upgrade your router's firmware to fix problems. I found that helped with intermittent outages.

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      johntsang 3 years ago

      Yes, upgrading to a newer firmware if there is one can help fix problems.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I didn't realize that just getting bigger antennas could help - that such a cheap easy thing to do - great tip!

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      johntsang 3 years ago

      Glad to help you. Thanks for commenting!

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