There’s plenty of articles that talk about getting a new router or updating the software, but have you tried positioning it somewhere new? Or moving the antennas round?
We often think of our WiFi networks as being a virtual forcefield that completely surrounds us and our home, but the fact in the matter is they are very real signals that can easily be blocked by walls, escape through windows and interfered with by electronics. So where is the best place to put your router? We’ve put together a list of 6 tips to try before resorting to a new router:
1. Move your router to the centre of your home
As your router sends out signals in every direction, putting it in a corner or in a room away from where you generally use the internet means that you waste a large amount of the signal that is initially transmitted.
2. Take your router out of the cupboard!
Although routers can be unsightly amongst clutter free spaces and perfect decors, its signal can quite easily be absorbed my all kinds of materials. Putting in a cupboard or down the side of the drawers against the wall prevents the signal from travelling through the open air – where it travels best.
3. Lift your router off the floor
Routers are designed to broadcast signals slightly downward, so putting them on the floor means that the signal is directed towards the ground, where signal will be soaked up and lost.
4. Keep your router away from other electronics
Any other device that transmits an electromagnetic signal can interfere with your router’s signal, from microwaves to TVs to telephones – so steer clear!
5. Have one antenna vertical, one horizontal
Your router’s signal transmits from its antennas in an opposite motion to which it is positioned. For example, if the antenna is vertical, it will broadcast signal horizontally. Whilst this would generally maximise coverage of your house, having your devices’ antenna (i.e. phone or laptop) positioned in the same direction as your routers, optimises reception. As this depends on how you are holding your device, your best bet is to put one router antenna horizontal and one vertical to ensure your spreading the signal as broadly as possible.
6. Put it in a room where you use the internet most
The signal is always strongest from your router the closer you are – especially if there are no obstacles such as walls in the way. This is particularly beneficial if you have a room in your home in which you spend most time using the internet, such as an office.