How to Identify and Fix WiFi Dead Spots

Jan 29, 2020Blog

It seems like we experience WiFi network dead spots (a weak WiFi signal) at the most inconvenient times. Regardless of when it happens, it’s annoying. There are things you can do to make sure that these frustrations don’t happen again. Here are three things you can do to make sure WiFi dead spots never happen again in your home.

1.    Identify the problem

The first step is to identify the problem. This means locating where the dead spot is and why it is happening.

You can use web analyzer apps and tools to do this, and they usually give you a ballpark idea of what is going on. With these apps, you walk through your home with your devices and watch the WiFi indicator bars increase and decrease to find dead spots.

However, using a WiFi network management service does the hard work for you. These more advanced tools give you specific insights as to where dead spots are and why. A great platform, like Optim Managed WiFi, will help diagnose any issues and notify you before you even notice them. This way, you or a professional can get a jump start on troubleshooting any issues right away. Optim goes beyond with keeping your network organized, secured and as issue-free as possible.

2.    Move your router and change the channel

Another thing you can do is move your router to a more central location in your home. It’s likely that dead spots occur because your device is too far away from the router.

If your router location doesn’t seem to be the issue, you can try switching your devices onto a different channel.

Changing the channel on your router won’t have as much of an impact as moving it to a more central location, but it is still worth the effort to fix your network performance. To change the channel, locate your router settings and test different channels to see which works best for you.

3.    Update your router and boost your signal

A network running on an outdated router will experience dead spots. If your router is not from your internet service provider (ISP) and you purchased it on your own, check to see if it is two to three years old. If so, you are going to want to update it to a modern model. Running your WiFi network on old hardware will make your network performance suffer, resulting in dead spots.

See if your router allows you to switch from the common 2.4GHz band to the 5GHz band. Switching to the 5GHz band can help boost WiFi speeds and performance while reducing interferences or dead spots. Extending your WiFi range is always a great solution, too.

See you later dead spots

Following these tips will help you get rid of any network dead spots in your home.

There are many things you can do to: move your router, adjust network settings or update your router. Each of these can help the problem. Better yet, managing your WiFi network can help you prevent the problem.

Home networking can be overwhelming. Especially with the frustration of lost connection. Take the guess work out of your home network with Optim Managed WiFi.

Optim is available from reputable Service Providers.  Ask for it by name.

Stay updated on more home networking tips with Actiontec’s featured Industry Articles or the Actiontec blog.


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