Slow WiFi?…How to Improve the Home WiFi Network
At a basic level, a dead spot occurs whenever the WiFi signal transmitted by the WiFi router is too weak to support a solid connection. A router’s wifi signal travels a finite distance (defined by the WiFi standard). For example, WiFi devices farther away from the router will manage to get only 10-50 percent of the bandwidth compared with clients closer to the router. In addition, common architectural features of the home, like walls and floors, can impact the WiFi signal and make it more difficult to reach certain areas of the home.
The Importance of WiFi Router Placement
What to Look for in a WiFi Router
It’s also important to realize that not all WiFi routers are created equal. More powerful routers are capable of transmitted a stronger WiFi signal farther distances. If you’re still using an 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n router, it might be time to upgrade your
equipment to 802.11ac technology that supports faster WiFi speeds and distances. In addition, look for routers that specify MIMO antennas, as MIMO smart antenna technology improves wireless performance for better coverage.
Select a product:
Use a Wired/Wireless Extender
Here’s how it works:
A combo wired/wireless extender is often the preferred solution, as it leverages the speed and reliability of a wired connection to reach a far corner of the home. These devices use the home’s existing wiring (coax for MoCA-based solutions and electrical wiring for Powerline-based solutions) to extend the home network.
Then an adapter with built-in WiFi is connected to another outlet in the home to extend the WiFi network to that new area.