Monday, September 10, 2012

Increase your WIFI Coverage


Increase your WIFI Coverage

1. Center Your Router - Wireless routers act as omni-directional transceivers,  routers pump out signal in all directions at once, like a bubble of connectivity. However, the effective range of that bubble is not absolute—walls, floors, furniture, mirrors and metal objects can all cause interference and signal degradation. Position the router in the center-most room of your house as high up as you can to maximize its effective radius.

2. Changing the Channels - Routers transmit at the 2.4GHz wavelength (newer ones 802.11n models work on the 5GHz band as well). The problem is so do a lot of other devices—Bluetooth headsets, cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves, Fluorescent Light Bulbs and other Wi-Fi networks all crowd the 2.4 GHz band. All these devices cause interference and reduce bandwidth.
Don't forget about your Neighbors they are competing on the same wavelength, Try to set your router to a different channel 1, 6, or 11 (or 1, 5, 9, or 13 if you live outside the US).

3. Repeater - A single router may not be powerful enough to cover your entire house. In that case, you'll need to employ a second router, or repeater as an access point to extend the network's range or a repeater. The PepWave Surf Mini, PepWave Surf on The Go, or the AP1 is a very strong solution.  Station the access point as far away from the main router as you can, wherever the Wi-Fi signal is weakest.

4. Firmware Update - the easiest way to improve your router's performance is by ensuring that its firmware and driver are up to date. Check the device manufacturer's website regularly for these updates