4 Ways To Get Your Wifi Signal To Reach Your Entire House

by Alyssa Carpenter

If your home wifi signal is not coming through strong enough in the rooms that you need to use it in, you may need to improve your wifi signal. Here are a few different ways that you can boast or improve your wifi signal.

#1 Upgrade Your Router

The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of wireless router you currently have in your home. Look up the make and model of your wireless router online to figure out what type of wireless router you have and what type of circuitry it uses.

Wireless router circuitry start with the number "802.11" and are followed by a letter. If you want to have the fastest internet, you want to use a router with the letter g or n following the 802.11, which would read as: 802.11g or 802.11n. This is the latest technology in wireless routers. If you have a wireless router that has a number that comes earlier in the alphabet, such as 802.11b, you are going to want to upgrade to a g or n router. 

#2 Purchase A New Antenna For Your Wireless Router

Most wireless routers are equipped with an antenna that you can move around to help improve your wireless signal. Oftentimes, these antennas only transmit the wireless signal in the direction you have the antenna pointed. The good news is, most of these antennas can be exchanged for different ones. 

If you are able to screw off or pull of the antenna on your router, you should consider upgrading to an omnidirectional antenna. An omnidirectional antenna, unlike traditional router antennas, transmits a signal in all directions, not just one. This should help spread your wireless signal more evenly throughout your house. 

#3 Be Careful With The Placement Of Your Router

You need to be careful with where you place your router within your home. There are a variety of different things that can interfere with your wireless signal. 

The two most troublesome electronics in your home which can interfere with your router's signal are your cordless phone and your microwave. Make sure that neither of these devices are located near your wireless router. If you have to keep your cordless phone near your router, try to purchase one that doesn't operate on the 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz band, which are the bands that most routers operate on. Instead, purchase a phone that uses a 1.8GHz bandwidth. 

New Bluetooth devices that were made within the past few years will not interfere with your router's wireless signal. However, if you are using any Bluetooth devices in your home that are older than that, they may be interfering with your router. Your best route with old Bluetooth devices is to upgrade them. 

#4 Purchase A Repeater

Wireless signals only extend so far, and have a difficult time making it through walls and other solid structures. If you live in a big house or where you use your computer and other devices is far from where your router is located, you may want to invest in a repeater. Repeaters are also often referred to or labeled as range expanders or wireless amplifiers. 

This piece of technology picks up your wireless signal and then broadcasts it again, helping to extend the signal to the furthest reaches of your home. A repeater works best when you can place it near the area right before your wireless signal drops off. You can purchase apps for your phone that analyze wifi signals and will allow you to see where your signal is strongest before it drops off and help you pinpoint the best location for a repeater in your home. 

If your wifi signal is not strong enough throughout your home, one or more of the four methods above could help you spread your wifi signal throughout your home to where you need it the most. For more information, contact a business such as Dalton Utilities.