Simple ways to boost your Wi-Fi signals

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Wi-Fi is one of the most useful parts of using a computer. But it can be really frustrating at times. Various issues like poor reception, slow speed, and other issues can be really frustrating. Let's take a look at some simple ways to overcome these problems.

1. Upgrade to the latest Wi-Fi technologies:

For the network to be fast and reliable, updated hardware is required. Wireless AC and Wireless N are the latter, while Wireless A, B and G are old and slow. For maximum speed, a wireless N router and a wireless N card are required on your computer. Wireless AC has proven to be a more efficient technology today. A wireless AC router can be more efficient with AC devices.




2. Placing the router in an ideal location:

For better reception and a good signal, the router should be placed in a central location free of obstacles. For better coverage throughout the home, the router should be placed in a central location for good signal reception everywhere.


3. Choose the correct wireless channel:

Tools like Wi-Fi Sutmbler or Wi-Fi Analyzer can be used to find the perfect channel in our home, so there is much less interference. Inappropriate wireless channels can cause interference with other networks, reducing performance.


4.Using a dual band router:

A dual band router supports two different networks, a 2,4 GHz network and a 5 GHz network. The 5 GHz network provides more speed when we are close to the router and when we move away we can automatically switch to the 2 GHz network., 4 GHz. In general, we have to manually switch between these two networks.



5.Avoid interference from other applications:

Wi-Fi signals can be disturbed by other routers and other applications such as cordless phones and microwaves. . This interference can degrade performance. Using a dual band router can help to some extent in this regard. It is also possible to use cordless phones that use different bands. Otherwise, simply move the router away from these interfering devices.


6.Apply security measures:

It is essential to protect the Wi-Fi system with a password, but today there are many software applications that help hack into a Wi-Fi network. So even if your system is password protected, you can still be a victim of hacking. The vulnerability to the attack lies in the implementation of WPS (Wi-Fi Protect Setup). Therefore, you can disable WPS on the router to improve security. You can also configure a MAC address filter on the system.


7.Using QoS and controlling network capture applications:

If you regularly engage in video chats, online games, torrent files, or use services like Netflix, they could hog bandwidth and slow down the internet. In this case, you can use Quality of Service or QoS to overcome these bandwidth issues. With QoS, you can prioritize some applications over others. The critical applications we need will have the bandwidth they need.

8. Upgrade your router:

You can increase the performance of your router by hacking your router and installing WRT-Firmware. The WRT firmware provides many advanced functions. It has features to allow for greater security and also improve the power of the router. Sometimes it can be dangerous for your router. But most routers can handle a rise of around 70mW without a problem.


9. Make the old repeater Wi-Fi router:

A repeater is an extender that improves the range of Wi-Fi signals. But if you don't want to buy additional hardware, you can turn an old router into a repeater. This can be done with the help of the aforementioned WRT-Sign. This may not be as efficient as an extender, but it can still help Wi-Fi signals reach the far corners of your building.


10. Configure the router to restart as scheduled:

If you have to restart your router frequently to prevent it from disconnecting, we have a solution for this problem. We can configure the router to restart as scheduled. This can be done with the help of DD-WRT or simply with an old exit timer.

11. Use a wired signal amplifier:

A cable signal booster can be used to enhance cable signals on the Wi-Fi network. It acts as an amplifier. They look like ordinary coaxial dividers. But they can be used to distribute cable signals in the most efficient way.


12. Optimize the router:

As technology changes, you may want to upgrade to the latest firmware. Using the latest firmware can improve performance. Up-to-date firmware is essential to get the most out of your router. You can also check the router settings for maximum performance. You can configure various settings to keep the router's performance high.

13. Network of several routers:

If you live in a very large building, a single router may not be able to deliver good Wi-Fi signals to all parts of the building. In these cases, we have to use a network of several routers. This can consist of an extender, a repeater, a wireless bridge, or just a second wireless router in addition to the Wi-Fi router used. This can help to achieve good signal reception in different parts of the building.


14.Use a Wi-Fi booster antenna:

You can use a Wi-Fi booster antenna to get better signal reception in various parts of a building. You may be able to boost Wi-Fi signals to some extent.

15.Using the Powerline Adapter:

Sometimes you may not be able to receive the Wi-Fi signal in some parts of the house. The wall material may be blocking the signals. In these cases, only the wired connection would work. Using a power line adapter can help in these situations. We need to connect one of them near the router and the other in the room where a connection is needed. The speed might be a bit slow, but it can still receive Wi-Fi signals.

Hope you found it useful. Try these methods and enjoy better Wi-Fi performance in your home.

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