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Getting the most out of your Wireless Router

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Getting the most out of your Wireless Router

 

If your business heavily relies on internet connectivity and also has a lot of devices connected at any one time you’ll want to achieve the best speeds and reliability possible. As well as your providers speeds its important if you utilise wireless connectivity not to overlook the basics such as your routers placement.

The best place to set a router is always in a central location that is free of obstructions. This ensures your Wi-Fi network has a strong signal anywhere in the building. Moving your router even just a few feet can save you from connection problems increasing speed and reliability of wireless devices. Use our guidance table below when choosing a suitable location for your router.

Your router should be…

  • Centrally located  in order to provide Wi-Fi coverage to as much of your building as possible
  • Elevated off the floor to increase Wi-Fi range
  • Away from obstructions to prevents Wi-Fi signal blockage
  • Away from certain electronics, preventing Wi-Fi signal interference

How to choose the best location for your router

When positioning your router in your building, you should put it in a location that takes advantage of the shape of your Wi-Fi signal thus avoiding interference. Below are some tips to help you do just that.

Put your router in a central location

Seeing how a Wi-Fi signal travels outwards in all directions, the surest way to ensure that all of the rooms in your house are in range of the signal is to place the router as centrally as you can within the building. Most modern routers should have enough range to completely cover a moderately sized building if placed near the center.

Minimize any router obstructions

As you may have gethered, Wi-Fi signals are a low enough frequency so they can pass through objects like walls, however materials like metal, stone, water or tile can severely weaken and block Wi-Fi signals. When locating an area spot for your router, try to keep in mind about what will be inbetween the router and the most important Wi-Fi zones in your building.

Remember that while Wi-Fi can get through walls it does serve to weaken the signal,  so minimise obstructive walls where you can. An ideal placement would be to have line of sight between your device and router. For devices further afield, you’ll want to postion your router in the spot where the signal has to pass through the least number of walls possible.

Elevate your router

You can improve the signal of your network simply by raising your router off the ground. This can help avoid large pieces of furniture that may block your line of sight, also preventing your signal from being transmitted straight into the ground. You can do this by purchasing a wall or ceiling mount for your router as well but setting it on top of a table or bookshelf may be enough. 

Avoid other electronics

Similar to walls and large objects other electronic devices can also interfere. TVs and computers are obvious examples, microwaves are also a sure-fire culprit, these are almost guaranteed to cause problems for your Wi-Fi if you set them up side by side.

Tips for dealing with Wi-Fi dead zones

Even if you’ve found the ideal spot where you’d like to set up your router, there are often practical considerations that prevent you from doing so. Some buildings simply have unusually shaped and impractical floor plans. In this case, there are still a few more tips and tricks you can try to improve your Wi-Fi coverage.

Prioritize high-use areas

While a central location is the best way to reach every room of your house, you might care more about some rooms than others. For example, if your main office is your priority, you might want to put your router closer to that room—even if it is at the expense of low priority areas like the kitchen.

Having Wi-Fi dead zones is never an ideal situation, but if it is unavoidable, it’s best you choose where they are so they are low priority areas.

Use Ethernet cables wherever you can

Depending on the layout of your office, you might end up with dead zones where you can’t get a stable Wi-Fi signal. An easy solution to this problem is to use an Ethernet cable. Unlike a Wi-Fi signal that’s transmitted in a straight line, you can wind your internet around any obstacle with a long enough Ethernet cable.

Less practical for very larger buildings, but you can use power line extenders which convert a power socket into an ethernet port providing its on the same electrical circuit.

Invest in an upgraded router

If your building is too big for your router to handle or has too many dead zones, you might want to invest in a better router. Long-range routers allow you to cover a much larger area with a single router. You could also use Wi-Fi extenders and mesh routers that will allow you to cover a larger area and to also transmit your signal around obstacles.


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