50% of homes in America have wireless dead spots, and it’s time to do something about it.
What’s a dead spot? It’s where your WiFi is either poor or non-existent. This is usually an area far away from your router or blocked by interference. But the good news is that there are several solutions.
Here are our top tips for eliminating dead spots in your home:
- Identify your dead zones. If these are not immediately apparent, use a simple smartphone app to find them.
- Check for wireless interference. Building materials, appliances, electronics and other wireless signals can make it difficult or impossible for your WiFi to certain parts of the house.
- Make sure you’re using the right wireless frequencies. If range is an issue, try using the 2.4Ghz band. If interference is the issue, using the 5GHz band may help. When you upgrade your router to a newer model that supports 802.11n or 802.11ac it will usually support both bands. Learn more about wireless bands.
- Make sure your router is in the right location. This can be one of the easiest ways of improving WiFi range and performance. Check out our guide to router placement.
- Consider a wireless network extender. These dramatically improve WiFi range and performance in areas with poor WiFi by using the existing cable wiring in your home to light up new hotspots. Learn more about wireless network extenders .
Let us know which solutions worked for you in the comments!