Top 10 Things That Weaken Your Wi-Fi Connection
What would we do without Wi-Fi? We all know it’s one of the greatest creations to ever happen to the internet. Everywhere we go, no matter if it’s a café or a restaurant, the first thing we normally ask, even before our dropping our order, is the Wi-Fi password.
Wi-Fi is probably the most convenient way to connect to the internet. You no longer have to plug ethernet cords in order to get a decent connection. Your 4G broadband might be sufficient, but that can get pretty expensive and even unreliable at times.
But we all know that sometimes the Wi-Fi connection can also become quite unreliable.
We all know that sometimes you can’t even know what’s wrong. You have internet connection in one room, but don’t have in the other, your signal is great sometimes, sometimes you can’t even log into your favorite Social Media.
There are quite a few objects and materials in your home that are eating and absorbing your tasty Wi-Fi connection.
Today you’ll learn what really prevents you from the signal and speed you deserve.
Yes, that’s right, doors. Especially closed ones.
If your Wi-Fi router is in the other room and the door is constantly closed, you must be a hundred percent sure that you’re not getting the signal you should be. If the door is thicker – that’s even worse.
A closed door is one of the most common connection blockers. If possible, try to place the router in a room you most frequently use the Wi-Fi, let it roam that room.
Furniture, too, is a great roadblock to having a decent connection. Just look around the router, if there are wardrobes, desks, cabinets, sofas, beds around it, the signal is already being limited.
Let alone trying to connect from a different room, with all its furniture too.
The most cost-efficient trick to actually prevent the signal from being disrupted is to put the router on a higher surface and in a more open area. That way there will be much less disruption.
3. Concrete Walls
By now, it should be obvious why concrete walls would happen to be a problem when it comes to your Wi-Fi connection.
They’re extremely thick. The signal can hardly get through them.
But worry not, you don’t have to break them in order to get your speedy browsing in. You can simply try and place the router further away from the walls. Put in in an open area, that way your wall won’t absorb as much.
4. Home Appliances
Everybody has large household appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, washing machines and so on.
However, these helpful machines, due to the fact that they have metal and electrical components, are also = constantly interfering with your network signal.
There’s little you can do, except move your router away from them, if possible.
Moving your household appliances would prove to be inconvenient.
5. Windows and Mirrors
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s disrupting my signal?
Windows and mirrors would normally never come to mind when we’re talking about network signal disruption.
You would probably think that windows actually help Wi-Fi get through, right?
Wrong. Windows and mirrors are notorious for blocking network signals. Their transparency doesn’t help at all, in fact, it makes it even worse, because the signal is being reflected by the glass.
Some modern windows have built-in films that protect you from the UV lights, but that blocks the signal even more so.
The best advice you could get is to try and place the router away from mirrors and windows.
Metal is one of the materials you need to look after. Right now, you may not realize that metals even interfere with your network signal, but, in fact, they’re probably the most difficult thing for your signal to pass through.
You might wonder why.
Because metal absorbs electricity.
The signal waves are electromagnetic, that’s why the metal is consuming them. Perhaps, most of the objects at your home can’t read or interpret such waves, the signal stops upon reaching the surface.
Keep your router as far from metal objects as possible.
What? Water? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Yes, anything that has loads of water in it, makes it difficult for the network
signal to pass through. That includes humans.
You should try to refrain from putting your router nearby fish tanks, pools or other containers that are filled with water.
8. The Neighbor’s Wi-Fi
Ah, so it’s my neighbor again.
Unless you’re living in a place where you have no neighbors nearby, you have to fight with the interference of your neighbors’ Wi-Fi.
Most experts claim that the most common sources of disruption and interference are other people’s networks.
More often, your Wi-Fi equipment will be operating on the 2.4GHz band. And just because that’s so common, the 2.4GHz band will be always crowded, which will result in interference and disruption. Especially if you live in a crowded area.
To fight this issue, simply moving your router from one room to another won’t work. Convincing your neighbors to stop using their wireless routers also wouldn’t work.
But what would work is getting a dual-band router. That way you can switch to 5GHz band, which, by default, is way less crowded.
9. Analog Video Senders
Have you got baby cams or wireless security cameras?
That might seem like a stretch, but anything that is transmitting images could potentially be disrupting your network signal. If your neighbor has cameras, he could be the one disrupting your connection.
The radius such technologies affect can be wide, but not as harsh as your appliances at home.
10. Metallic Blinds
Now we know that Windows and Metal are causing disruptions. But what if you combine both?
Have you ever wondered why your Wi-Fi is so bad outside the house?
Metallic blinds are absorbing the signal due to the metal and windows are blocking it, because of the glass.
What would significantly improve your Wi-Fi signal outside is swapping your blinds for non-metallic ones.