Today’s homes and offices don’t feel right without having a good WiFi connection access. After all, home is where WiFi connects automatically. In the following we look at simple tips and tricks to get the most out of your WiFi access point.
A key point to pay attention to is to make sure that you WiFi is not being stolen. If it is this will surely affect both the range and bandwidth you connect. Therefore, you should make sure you use a good strong password, a strong encryption, and a filter list. If you want more tips on password security refer to our older posts on this topic.
One of the ways to boost your WiFi signal is to pay attention to where you position your access point. You need to understand that your access point must be placed in a central location at your house of workplace. You should place your access point at an elevated position like onto of a bookshelf instead of a lower position like on a table or a floor. It is also important to place your access point in places with minimal obstructions in order not to block the signal. For example try not to place your access point behind a thick wall or next to a metallic computer case.
Another important way to get the maximum out of your WiFi is to make sure that both your computer and access point are up to date and are continually updated with latest drivers and software. Also, up to date computers support the new wireless- N mode which enables you to get the maximum speed out of your access point as opposed to older modes like G.
Another good thing about having newer access points is that they probably have a dual band. The 5 GHz frequency reduces interference from 2.4 GHz cordless phones, garage door openers, baby monitors and other common wireless gadgets. Also, household applicants like microwave ovens also emit a very strong signal in the 2.4 GHz band. This is why it is a good idea to keep your access point away from such appliances.
If you are facing a problem with your access point range. There are a number of DIY ideas that you can use. Firstly, you can get a bigger antenna for your access point. Also, you may use an older router as a signal repeater. If you are looking for something simpler, some people people have used a small wind surf made of tin foil around the antenna to extend the range. But, I wouldn’t expect marvellous results