We’ve all been there – you’re video calling your bestie, just about to hit play on the next episode of your favourite series or urgently need to submit an assignment or important work document when BOOM! Your WiFi cuts out, leaving a disappointed you staring at a buffering screen. But have no fear! We’re about to walk you through some easy steps that should help get your WiFi signal back to full strength so you can continue your online activities.
Make Your Router Central
The easiest way to keep your WiFi signal consistent throughout your living space is to put it in a central location so that all devices can connect to it with ease. While routers can sometimes be stashed away to keep it out of reach of pets and children, or simply to avoid an eyesore, the further away your router is stored, the weaker your signal may become in other parts of your home.
Routers emit waves in a bubble-like formation – up, down, left, right, back, front, everywhere! By storing your router at a low height, many of these waves are absorbed by the floor, rather than the many devices in your general living area. The best way to maintain optimum signal strength is by placing your router on a raised surface so that your coverage is at its best with minimal wastage.
While WiFi should theoretically be able to travel through obstacles such as furniture and walls with relative ease, certain materials as well as increased thickness may cause a problem. Hindering materials can include metal, cement and thick glass, so try placing your router in a position that limits potential wave contact with such barriers.
Metal absorbs electricity as it is a conductive material, and this can have an impact on your WiFi signal as the waves are electromagnetic. While we won’t dive too deep into the science behind this, it’s best to keep your router away from metal appliances or furniture as this may lead to “dead zones” in your living space where no WiFi signal can be received.
Many electric appliances such as microwaves, baby monitors or even nearby WiFi routers can interfere with your coverage due to their emission of similar wireless frequencies. Many such appliances are typically found in the kitchen, so this may not be the best spot to place your router.
We hope these tips and tricks will put an end to your WiFi signal woes and keep you happy, healthy and connected!