Simple guide to improving your router’s performance

We’re all too aware of the frustration that results when you move out of your router’s range; it’s a feeling of exasperation and we understand! That’s why we’ve written this handy guide to getting the most out of your little network box. It’s all very simple, easy to do and could end those feelings of frustration! Check out how to fix your router problems below:

Try, try and try again!

Put the router in a few different places and play ‘trial and error’ with it. Of course, it’s not the most scientific way to approach it but it’ll give you a really clear idea of where your router should and shouldn’t be.

Avoid obstructions!

If there’s a barrier between your router and the client (that’s the phone/laptop/tablet) receiving the signal, the Wi-Fi signal will be affected greatly. A barrier can be anything from a wall to a piece of furniture so place your router carefully. A lot of people find that their obstructions tend to be lower down so they put their router higher up; a great idea!

Reflective surfaces are bad!

Mirrors, glass, in fact, anything with a high sheen surface, will allow the signal from the router to bounce straight off thus having a massive impact on the strength of the signal that your client will receive. Try and keep your router away from such things and you’ll probably notice a big difference.

Other wireless signals and electrical items are bad too!

There are lots of other appliances in the home that use a similar frequency to routers and it’s really important to keep these away from one another. This will help  to increase signal and connectivity. Microwaves, cordless telephones and baby monitors are a great example of these; so, get your router moved away from them if they’re close by.
Also important to mention is electrical items; they interfere greatly with the signal the router provides. To be even more specific for you, anything with a motor or a fluorescent light is bad news!

Using your router really doesn’t need to be a frustrating experience; it can be a calm and peaceful time in which your emails get sent, your videos get downloaded or your system update gets completed in one swift movement…

The installation engineers were efficient, competent and polite and we had the internet up and running immediately.

- Julie and Mark Thomas, Herefordshire