It is possible that your router is in the wrong place. Move it to speed up Wi-Fi

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost lost my mind because I was in the middle of an important project or Zoom meeting And suddenly my Internet connection Errors. A proper internet connection is a must, especially since many of us continue to work from home. Although I pay the monthly fee to Internet service provider And it took a long time for a technician to install a file Router Professionally, I still find myself spending a lot of time watching my computer grind… and I bet you were there too.

The good news is that there is an easy fix for these issues that will only take a few minutes.

there There are many factors that determine internet speeds And while there is a file Some tricks or tips that you can follow
To improve your home’s overall wireless speeds and coverage, one of the most important factors is the location of your router. And note that it’s not always where the technician set it up. So keep reading to learn about the best place in your home for your router and other tricks for faster Wi-Fi.

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Start with the right direction

First things first: it all starts with Choosing the right router or other equipment. Not all routers are created equal and the size and layout of your home will determine the type of wireless network you need.

For most apartments and smaller homes (less than 1,500 square feet), one wireless access point should suffice. However, if your router is several years old, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model with 802.11ac wireless and dual-band support. This will give you the fastest possible wireless speeds and the best overall coverage.

For large multi-level houses, it is worth thinking about making Upgrade to a mesh network To deliver consistent coverage throughout the entire home. Once the main access point is installed, if you find that a remote corner of your house does not have strong wireless coverage, simply add another node to that area. The problem has been resolved.

To find out more, check out our website List of best mesh routers this year And if you are not sure where to start in choosing your next router, consult Buying Guide.

Regardless of whether you have a single access point or a mesh network, where you place the primary access point still matters.

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Where should you put your router?

When you first move into a new house or apartment, the modem is usually installed along a wall at one end of the house. This is simply because this is where the line enters the house and the technician’s job is to set up the connection – not to optimize your network. This part is on you.

It’s tempting to leave everything in its place. But this is unlikely to be the most optimal place to own your router.

Choose a central location

Routers send the signal in all directions, so if you leave it in the corner of your house, a large percentage of your wireless coverage will be sent outside your home. It is best to move the router to a central location to improve the signal.

Installing a router through the house from the modem can be annoying. It may require manually running a CAT5 cable underground or using Powerline network adapters. But the improved wireless coverage is worth it.

Lift the router

Routers tend to spread the signals down, so it is best to mount the router as high as possible to increase coverage. Try placing it high on a bookshelf or Mount it on the wall
in an inconspicuous place.

Avoid other electronic devices

Try to choose a location away from other electronic devices and large metal objects. The more walls, large obstacles, and electronics near your router, the greater the chances of something interfering with the signal.

One electronic device that you should especially avoid is the microwave, which sends out a strong signal in the 2.4GHz band, the same wireless band in which your router operates.

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These funny looking antennas are actually important

Some routers don’t have any antenna at all, but some have as many as eight. These antennas help direct the signal. If there are two or more antennas on your router, don’t put them all in the same direction.

Instead, make them perpendicular to each other – put one horizontally and the other vertically. Or change the position of all antennas slightly to cover a wide range of angles.

Try to set the signal

In a worst-case scenario, it may be useful Map for reference In your home to see where there may be gaps or problem areas in your coverage.

If you are considering upgrading your router, be sure to check out Best CNET Routers for 2022.

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