Having a weak connection to your wireless network is often a big pain. After all, you didn’t buy a wireless router just so you’d be forced to plug directly into it anyway. Luckily, there are a number of easy solutions to the issue of a poor Wi-Fi connection in the home. Here are some tips to help you make the best of your Wi-Fi connection.
Boosting A Weak Wi-Fi
Before you decide to rush out and get a new router, there are some things you can do to boost a weak Wi-Fi signal.
Move your router
This is a solution that a surprising number of people overlook. If you are having connection issues with the wireless router, then it is possible that something is getting in the way of the signal. It’s possible that there is concrete or other material in your walls or ceiling that is keeping the signal from getting through as well as it could. If you have other options for where to place the router, then give them a try.
Change the channel
Most wireless routers default to a specific channel when you get them. More often than not they default to the least populated channel that they can find. It is possible that your router failed to choose the right channel, or that the channel has since become much busier. Google your particular router in order to find out what you need to do in order to change its channel. It is usually a pretty easy thing to do.
Update your drivers
This is for both the router and your wireless adapter. You need more than good hardware to keep things running smooth. Make sure that you are using all of the most recent drivers to help ensure that it can do it’s job efficiently. If your drivers are out of date, then they could be holding your connection back with outdated information.
Get an antenna
These are generally pretty cheap and do exactly what you would assume they do. In order to use an external antenna, you need to make sure that your wireless router is capable of having one. Not all wireless routers have to ability to attach an antenna. These antenna can not only boost your signal, but also direct it in a particular direction.
Make a tin foil reflector
If you don’t want to go spend money on a new antenna, then you can make your own. All you need is some cardstock or similarly thick paper, and tin foil. Simply cut out a rectangle of cardstock and cover it in tin foil. Bend it into an arc, facing the inside of the arc where you want the signal to go. Then all you have to do is affix it to the wireless router antenna. This is a great and easy way to boost your signal, as well as pointing it in the right direction. This video should help you out if you want some instruction.
As dumb as it sounds, you want to stick to buying all of your equipment from the same company. If you buy a router make sure it’s from the company that made your adapter. The technology is simply designed to work better with other tech from the same company. It makes sense, they were developed for one another as one point.
Buy a new router
If all else fails then it may be time to replace your equipment. Maybe your hardware just isn’t up to date anymore or perhaps you just need a different type of signal. Whatever it case, when all else fails you always have to option of trying a new piece of hardware.
Hopefully after all of this your Wi-Fi is up and running in tip top shape. If not, the perhaps your router is possessed by an evil spirit that needs to be removed. Thanks to the power of the internet you can probably find a solution to your bad Wi-Fi if it is still not working well. If you really need more help, and don’t mind being on hold, give the company a call for some tips!