5 Steps To Increase Your Wi-Fi Range Without Paying Extra
Wi-Fi is truly one of the greatest things that have happened to the internet since cat videos.
Having a fast internet connection all over your house has never been easier. All that, without a single cord attached to your laptop or phone. Amazing, isn’t it?
But sometimes, no matter how fast your connection is, your router’s range simply doesn’t allow you to get that nice connection to your device.
A few years back, I used to live with 6 other people in a 5-room apartment, it was pretty big, shared, but big.
And we had an incredibly speedy internet connection, when we were in the living room, no matter how many of us were connected, the speed was still amazing.
However, whenever I went to my room, I had no Wi-Fi connection and I had to use my phone’s bandwidth plan.
That was annoying, to say the least.
To save you time, money and prevent having no internet or having a weak signal in the next room from ever happening, I’ve compiled a few tips:
1. Update Your Router’s Software
Every router has a firmware, that is essentially the software the company provides in order for your router to be up-to-date and have no bugs or glitches.
Look at it as a Windows or MAC update, it fixes both minor bugs, glitches and every now and then a bigger update comes which makes the system run like it’s brand new.
But there are people who never even considered that their router could have its own software.
The absence of good signal could be a glitch in the software, sometimes a small update can really go a long way when it comes to increasing your Wi-Fi connection range and signal quality.
How you can update your software? You could simply call either your internet provider or your router supplier. They can give you the exact link where you can update your router’s software.
For example, NETGEAR’s link is www.routerlogin.net.
2. Update Your Device
By default, if you allow your updates on your phone, this would never be an issue, but if you’re like me, who’s always postponing it like a snooze on the alarm, you might be settling for some trouble.
Your laptop or computer’s drivers should be updated as well.
A minor update could make a major change.
Make sure that all your devices are up-to-date before digging deeper into the problem. It could be a software issue.
3. Get A Wi-Fi Extender
If I could recommend something that would help you eliminate poor connection and short-range, that would be a Wi-Fi extender(also known as booster or repeater).
This small tool can DOUBLE your Wi-Fi signal radius.
It can ELIMINATE the dead internet spots around your house.
And it can make your internet speed HIGHER in further ranges.
A booster is normally a one-time investment and that can do your work for ages, it will save you loads of money from providers that would try to simply upsell you on higher cost plans.
A Wi-Fi extender would be the best choice when it comes to saving your signal, speed, and strength at the same time, without paying extra every month.
4. Change The Wi-Fi Password
Yes, that might seem funny at first.
But it’s all fun and games until you find that 3 of your neighbors are using your internet because 4 months ago you invited them for a coffee and you told them your password.
And now your internet is super slow. Because they’re also using it. For free.
You can also view who is currently using your Wi-Fi, so you can be a hundred percent sure.
But if you don’t have a password, you must definitely set one, because I guarantee that there will be bandwidth leeches(people using your Wi-Fi).
Change your old password, set yourself a new password and get this issue out of the way.
5. Switch The Channel
Are you aware that Wi-Fi routers have different channels? Basically, channels are the strings where all your information flows through. Most countries have 6 channels in total, but only 4 are available for mass use.
Most of the people are either using channel 1 or channel 6.
That means if you’re in a crowded, busy area and you’re using one of those two channels, you’ll be getting poor connection and speed, just because many people are connected to it and your networks are interfering with each other.
Change your channel to a different one to avoid fighting with other people’s devices and networks for that single string of bandwidth.
If you’re looking to extend your Wi-Fi range and you follow these five easy steps above, you’ll surely be able to greatly increase the range and signal strength of your router and internet.