When it comes to your business, access to fast, reliable WiFi is a must. While we have improved a great deal since we have gone cordless, there is still much to be improved for internet signal. Spotty connections, dead zones, and failing routers are all issues we struggle with when using WiFi. That’s why Panda Security has put together a guide to how to boost WiFi signal. With ten tips and options for improvement, there’s no shortage of ideas for a better connection. Below, we list the ten tips you can takeaway from this visual on boosting your WiFi signal.
- Choose a central location.
Place your router in an area away from metal objects that may interfere with the signals. You’ll also want to avoid placing your router near thick walls. Place your router up high in the center of your home and keep it away from high-traffic areas such as a busy conference room.
- Change the WiFi channel.
People who work in large cities or live in densely populated areas are the biggest targets of router interferences. Because routers typically come preset, many are preset to the main channels. Switch to a less active channel (1 and 6 are the most popular) to increase WiFi signal strength.
- Keep the router away from electronics.
Another form of interference includes large electronics that may operate on the same radio frequency and create a lower quality reception. Keep router away from microwaves, phone systems, and baby monitors.
- Implement Quality of Service Rules on router.
Bandwidth allocation can also be a cause of slow WiFi. Even if your WiFi is not within a condensed area, your WiFi may be faulty due to one device eating up a large chunk of your bandwidth. Be sure to consistently disconnect any devices you are not actively using. You’ll also want to limit the amount of bandwidth allocated to each device. You can do this by setting up QoS or Quality of Service rules for your router. QoS is a feature on your router that lets you determine the traffic between devices and bandwidth of each individual device based on priority. In order to set up your QoS, refer to the manual that came with the WiFi router.
- Replace the antenna.
You may want to consider adding an external antenna that fits your needs. You can replace your antenna with either an omnidirectional (sends signal in all directions) or a directional (sends signal in one specific direction) external antenna.
- Remove WiFi thieves.
While you may think your WiFi is safe within the office, malicious hackers or prying internet seekers may try to connect to your existing WiFi network. Hide your router’s SSID/ name of the network so users have to physically type in the name to find it.
- DIY a solution.
If you are still experiencing issues with your WiFi, you might want to consider extending its signal using the windsurfer tin foil hack. This DIY solution takes less than ten minutes and takes a bit of aluminum foil and creativity. To recreate the hack, simply take the aluminum foil and place it along your WiFi antenna, where half of your antenna should still be exposed. The results may not be outstanding but can help give your signal a wider range.
- Reboot router daily.
Reboot your router daily to ensure your WiFi does not cut out. You can try automatic reboots with an outlet timer, just make sure it’s during a time of day that you will not need internet.
- Consider a wireless range extender.
If your range is vast such as a large office space, you should think about installing a wireless range extender. They pick up the existing WiFi signal from your router and rebroadcast it. To ensure your extender will work, match your extender to your existing router’s signal. The most common signal is 802.11ac, so it’s likely that you’ll match your range extender to this signal number.
- Stay up-to-date.
It’s important to keep your network up-to-date at all times with the latest hardware that corresponds to the current standard. Currently, the WiFi standard is at 802.11ac. If your router predates this standard and you continue to see issues, it may be time for an upgrade.