How to improve WI-FI reception

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WiFi Antenna installed at height for better receptionWI-FI is a common feature in our homes, school and colleges. It’s a great of connecting with internet, but there may be times when poor signal quality can ruin your internet experience.

Here we tell you ways to get better WI-FI reception and tweaks to improve signals for faster and problem-free web experience.

Best way to place a Wi-Fi antenna

Antenna placement is pivotal in achieving better WI-FI signal. Here are some best practices to place a WI-FI antenna,

  1. Antenna must be put at some altitude, could be on a high shelf, balcony or on the roof. Placing it on roof, or any other open area is the best option.
  2. It must be placed at places where signals converge, some good places are at the center of your house/room, at the corners.
  3. Keep antenna away from mobile phones, television, microwaves and other electronic devices, as they can easily interfere with WI-FI signals and make them weaker.
  4. Place antenna away from metallic items and wires like window panes, kitchen utensils, power cords, computer cords etc.
  5. Keep correct angle for antenna to catch maximum signals. There shouldn’t be any hindrance from walls, and it must be placed away from your neighbour’s WI-FI router.
  6. Take furnitures, mirrors away from the line of antenna signals. It’s better to place them along the walls. Wooden furnitures and other small things can deviate WI-FI signals.

Tweaks to improve WI-FI reception

There are some very simple ways to make your own repeaters to boost and converge WI-FI signals onto the antenna for better reception. Here some of the most workable ones,

  1. Use reflectors to converge signals onto the WI-FI antenna. A simple reflector can be made with aluminium foil rolled in the shape of a funnel, this funnel can be then put over the antenna to boose WI-FI signal. You can also use cans, kitchen utensils and commonly used cylindrical materials to make a reflector. This is a proven technique that improves WI-FI reception multiple times. Here is a video that shows how this tweak amplifies WI-FI signal strength,
  2. Update WI-FI drivers, and install softwares to boost power of your WI-FI antenna, for improved reception. You can also use softwares that helps in detecting access points with powerful signals.
  3. Purchasing WI-FI repeater is a good idea as it boosts signal between your device and the router.
  4. Upgrading wireless standard from 802.1b or 802.1g to Wireless G or Wireless N is also a fine way of getting faster WI-FI.
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