Maximizing a Wi-Fi Connection

BY Allconnect Inc | Tue Oct 11, 2011

You’ve researched and selected your Internet provider, but now you have to figure out how to make the most of your Internet service in your home. In this day-and-age of wireless, a WiFi connection for your household may be the easiest solution, however you want to make sure the WiFi signal is strong throughout your home, or, at least, where you’ll be using it the most. Before you start, you should check to make sure you have a high-speed Internet connection that will support a WiFi network. You can easily compare high speed Internet services and prices at Allconnect.

Wireless routers come in a variety of ranges, depending on your needs. In order to have a strong signal, it’s important to make sure your wireless router’s range matches your needs — whether it’s 100 or 300 feet. Also, placing the wireless router in a central location, away from metal objects, floors and walls, allows the device’s signal and range to be maximized. Metal objects and walls interfere with the router’s signal performance, which will weaken its signal. Additionally, replacing the router’s standard antenna to a high-gain antenna will increase signal strength.

If the wireless router is producing a strong signal and you’re still having connection and Internet speed issues, you may need to upgrade your wireless components in your laptop and computer. A simple solution is to replace your computer’s PC wireless card with an USB wireless adapter that uses an external antenna. These adapters can greatly increase your wireless range and signal strength.

If you’ve addressed all the above issues and you’re still experiencing a weak WiFi signal, you could add a wireless repeater, which extends your wireless range without any additional wiring projects. Simply place the wireless repeater between the router or access point and where you’re experiencing a weak signal. The wireless repeater should instantly boost the WiFi signal strength. Another step is to change the wireless router’s channel, as some channels may offer stronger and more reliable signals for your wireless connection than others.

More Tips for a Strong WiFi Signal:

  • Purchase equipment from a single vendor
  • Reduce wireless interference from phones and other devices
  • Update your firmware
  • Update your network adapter driver
  • Upgrade 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g devices to 802.11n

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