You’re snuggled in the back bedroom mid-binge of the latest must-watch streaming TV series on a laptop when the website starts buffering, and buffering…and buffering.
Mid-email catch-up on your tablet while sitting on the back porch enjoying a brisk evening, the usually reliable wireless connection slows to a sputter.
In the after-dinner hours when everyone in the house is on their smartphones and laptops checking their social media accounts, the Wi-Fi begins acting like it’s at maximum capacity and slows down the page loading for all apps and websites.
If any of these scenarios are all too common in your house, you may have a wireless internet problem. The good news is that you can take this dismal connectivity up to optimum levels with a little device called a Wi-Fi range extender. Range extenders connect to routers to boost the signal into rooms that are Wi-Fi dead zones due to walls, furniture obstructions or just general space. Keep reading to learn why an extender may be the cure to your common internet ailments.
The second floor lacks internet.
You picked the perfect inconspicuous location to install a wireless router: downstairs in the family room on the entertainment center. But as anyone in an upstairs bedroom discovered, the walls and physical distance between the router and the people using it is too much.
Think laterally when it comes to the spaces where you’re looking to add coverage. Install a range extender in the upstairs room that’s closest to being directly above where the router is located. If your daughter’s bedroom is directly above the family room where the router is found, plug the extender into one of the outlets in that room rather than in the master bedroom down the hallway. The strong signal received close to the router will easily bounce coverage to the other upstairs Wi-Fi users.
Multiple users means slow loading times.
If you’re finding that your home’s internet connection diminishes as more people come home and log on to the network, an extender can help them to access the network no matter where they are in the home. Just make sure that you’re using the most current iteration of range extender technology. It’s key that you use a dual-band extender as the older options, single-band extenders, can actually slow down internet speeds as they attempt to provide any signal across great distances.
The Wi-Fi doesn’t reach outside.
In the summer, we love spending as much time as possible outdoors, even if that time has to be spent catching up on some work. If your internet provider is reliable and your monthly plan isn’t limited by bandwidth caps, you should be able to move small distances from the router, like the back porch or deck, and still enjoy connectivity. Whenever you install a wireless router at home, it’s best to place it in a location with as few physical impediments as possible. Limit the number of walls and barricades the signal has to cross. When it comes to extending that signal into a close-by outdoors spot, place the range extender in a room with an outdoor access point. Follow all the same rules of keeping the signal as unobstructed as possible.
Have you discovered any tips for extending your home’s wireless reach?
Kelly Schwarze writes about the latest technology and gadgets. She gives great advice on optimizing your Wi-Fi access and solving connectivity problems. The Home Depot has a selection of Wi-Fi extender options that you can find online or in stores.