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How to Improve Your Wireless Signal
A weak wireless signal can be intensely frustrating -- especially in your own home. There are various things you can do, from adjusting the positioning of the wireless router to adjusting the router's settings, to improve your wireless signal.
Move Router to Higher Ground
If your wireless router is on the floor, move it to higher ground. When the wireless router is on the ground, the signal that it sends out often has to pass through more objects to reach your device. Position the wireless router so it has a more direct line of sight to more parts of your house. Additionally, position your wireless router so it's not near other electronic devices or large metal objects, such as a filing cabinet. Electronic devices that send and receive any type of signal can interfere with your wireless router's ability to push out its own signal. Large metal objects or walls that are heavily insulated can also decrease the strength of the wireless signal or stop it from getting through entirely.
Locate Router in Center of House
Locate your wireless router as close to the center of your house as possible to get the widest coverage area. If your wireless router is on one end of your house and you don't get a strong Wi-Fi signal when you're on the side side of the house, it's likely because you're too far away from the wireless router.
Point Wireless Antennas at Wireless Router
Position the antennas on both your wireless router or your wireless device so that they're pointing at each other for the best possible signal. However, bear in mind that while almost all wireless routers have antennas most Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as the iPhone, don't have an antenna that you can adjust, so this may not be possible.
Turn Off Other Wireless Devices
If you're using a 2.4 GHz wireless router, try turning off other devices that broadcast a wireless signal using that frequency. These devices include most wireless phones, and baby monitoring and Bluetooth devices. Wireless routers transmit on either a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz signal band. Check the manual that came with your router if you're unsure about what signal band it transmits on.
How to Improve a Poor Wireless Signal
Change Wireless Router Channel
Change the channel your wireless router is broadcasting on. By default, most wireless routers broadcast on channel 6. Try changing to either channels 1 or 11. You can change what channel your wireless router is broadcasting on through the settings for your wireless router accessible through the software that came with your router.
Don't Tether Gaming Consoles to Mobile Devices
If you're tethering a gaming device to your smartphone or other mobile device, you're likely to experience incredibly slow speeds, as most gaming consoles don't support 3G, 4G or satellite wireless networks. The only way to improve your wireless experience is to either connect to a Wi-Fi network or an Ethernet connection.
Change Wireless Signal Band
Change what wireless signal band you're using if your wireless router is dual band, that is, it can switch between transmitting on the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequencies. If your wireless router is dual band, you can switch what signal band you're using within the software that came with the device.
Install WiFi Signal Booster
Install a Wi-Fi signal booster. Wi-Fi signal boosters are available for both 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Various Wi-Fi boosters are available that can boost your signal to varying degrees, from a boost of a few percentage points to a boost of 500 percent or higher.
© 2011 Max Dalton