You need a strong WiFi signal to have strong WiFi. If your signal is weak everything slows down and an Internet connection is either frustrating or nearly impossible. There are some common things that can cause your WiFi signal strength to struggle: distance, obstructions, interference, capacity and devices hogging bandwidth. All it takes are a few adjustments to increase your WiFi signal.
Increasing your WiFi Signal
Here are 5 things you can try to increase your WiFi signal so that it is strong enough to make your Internet better:
- Restart your router
Turn off for 30 seconds and then restart your router. Sometimes, a simple reboot is all your network needs.
- Move your router
Make sure very little is surrounding your router. It should be up and off of the floor, centralized to your most-used devices, and not hidden inside of a drawer or behind other objects or devices.
- Switch your router channel
Network traffic congestion slows down your connection and can occur when there are too many devices connected to one channel on your router. Most routers have the option to use either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency channels. Try switching to a channel that has less devices using it. You can find this by looking in a printed manual that comes with your router or going online to your router settings.
- Upgrade your router
If you tried the few tips above and nothing seems to improve, then you might need to upgrade your router. An old router simply cannot support newer generations of WiFi. Your router is outdated if it is consistently slow or failing to connect you to the Internet. Sometimes, your device will show indicator lights to tell you it is time to upgrade. If you are renting your router from an Internet service provider (ISP) then you will have an updated device. But if you purchased your own, this is something to keep in mind.
- Get a WiFi Booster
Sometimes, your signal just cannot reach all of the areas in your home. If this is the case, consider a WiFi booster device like Hitron’s HT-EM4 MoCA adapters. MoCA adapters convert your existing coax wiring into a very fast and stable network connection. An Ethernet over coax network can help get rid of weak WiFi signals and enhance your Internet connection in every room in your home.