How to Improve Your WiFi Signal Upstairs

Does your WiFi signal perform fine on the main floor of your home but it is weak when you try to use your devices upstairs? This is a frustrating situation. Luckily, there are simple ways to improve your WiFi signal upstairs (and throughout your entire home).

What is WiFi signal strength?

WiFi signal strength determines whether or not your WiFi network connection is reliable. Without a reliable connection, you could be watching your favorite show upstairs and it cuts out at a key moment. Or, you might be on a video call with a loved one and the call keeps buffering or dropping. 

When your wireless signal strength is good, you can perform many different online activities. You also need a good WiFi signal strength to get any connection at all.

Reasons why your WiFi is cutting out upstairs

Usually WiFi fails when the signal strength is too weak. When the signal is weak, you can experience slow speeds, your devices can struggle to connect to the internet or fail to connect at all. Obstacles, like thick walls and distance can affect how well your WiFi signal performs. Sometimes the signal can only reach so far and needs a boost.

The likely reason for your poor connection upstairs is that your router is placed too far away in your home or it is blocked by some obstacle. If your router is on the main floor or in your basement, it is too far away from your devices. Obstacles, like distance and thick walls and floors makes the WiFi signal strength weak or non-existent.  If this is the signal strength issue you are facing, consider WiFi extenders to boost the reach of your WiFi signal throughout your home.

If you are not sure on the exact issue, here are a few other WiFi signal boosters you can try:

How to boost WiFi signal upstairs

There are a few things that you can check about your WiFi performance upstairs that can help give your signal a boost. Here are three things you can try:

1. Try rebooting your router

Sometimes your router needs a reboot. If your internet is still slow after a reboot, try the checking your WiFi performance in general.

2. Try checking your WiFi performance

Your WiFi could be the general issue. Check your WiFi network by using the internet with a device that is connected through an ethernet cable. This is a troubleshooting issue that you will have to perform yourself. However, there are great WiFi network management solutions to rely on for troubleshooting and performance metrics.

If you are still having a problem after checking your WiFi performance, then it could be your WiFi network. If this is the case, check your WiFi signal strength.

3. Try checking your WiFi signal strength

If you’ve rebooted your router and tested your devices with an ethernet cable but the connection still doesn’t work, then you probably have a WiFi signal strength issue. We wrote a whole article on how you can check your WiFi signal strength by running a test.

It’s important to check your WiFi signal strength periodically to make sure that it is in a good place so that you never have to worry about internet interruptions.

Explore more WiFi tips and tricks by following Actiontec’s featured Industry Articles or the Actiontec blog.

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