Tips On How To Get More Out Of The Wireless Router

Thanks to Wi-Fi, running the internet cable across the entire apartment is no longer necessary these days. Even so, there are often problems with the radio signal strength. However, with a few tricks, the Wi-Fi signal can easily be amplified.

Sources Of Interference

In the home, walls can become sources of interference due to steel beams and other metals. Damp walls, poorly placed furniture, tall bathroom radiators, and even the beloved indoor plants often slow down the Wi-Fi signal. It can be helpful to reassign the large plant or bookshelf. Baby monitors, loudspeakers,  Bluetooth transmitters, and remote controls should keep a suitable distance from the router.

The Wi-Fi router provides the best transmission power, is free-standing, and higher.

Distance Rules

In some cases, a wrong radio signal can be caused by the router’s settings. Few people know that the network router can be configured via a web interface. The usually simple log-in data and the IP address can be found quickly on the Internet for the relevant model.

Once found, the software can be updated, the correct frequency band set, the correct WLAN standard selected, the WLAN channel changed, and the maximum signal strength set.

Software Update

The software installed on a WLAN router is constantly being developed by the manufacturers. You can determine whether a firmware update is available by logging into the router’s user interface. Under the item “System,” there are further sub-items such as “Software Update” or “Update.” The updated software will close security gaps and add new functions if you click on these. Ultimately, this can improve reception.

Channel Change

In most cases, the radio channel is preset on every router. The problem is that the neighbors may be using the same channel. If several people use one channel, the WiFi signal will collapse. The radio channel can sometimes be configured on the router’s web interface using a drop-down menu under “Advanced Settings.”

Signal Strength Adjustment

The signal strength of the wireless router can also be changed manually. The power can be set between zero and one hundred percent using a slider in most cases. If the controller is set to a maximum, the radio signal may reach other Internet users in the immediate vicinity.

Wi-Fi Repeater

Popular because it is the most efficient and most straightforward solution to amplify the Wi-Fi signal is a Wi-Fi repeater. The small additional device amplifies the router’s radio signal and distributes it throughout the apartment. It is installed at the push of a button. Since there is no fan installed, it is noiseless.

From a technical point of view, it creates a second network without additional log-in. It doubles the range and increases the transmission speed to 1,300 Mbit. The small device requires a socket.

The repeater must have a strategically good place in the apartment. Ideally, in the middle between the room where the WLAN is required and the router. A socket in the hallway is ideal in most cases. The strength of the connection can be read from the amplifier’s active light-emitting diodes. Some manufacturers use an LED traffic light. Here green means a good signal, red means a weak signal. The WPS button must be pressed for a few seconds to set up the repeater.

The speed and range of a Ruckus  WLAN, for example, can be increased even further by installing several WLAN repeaters. In this case, the repeaters are placed in a circle around the router.

Experts recommend a Powerlan adapter for anyone who does not want any additional radio beams in their home. This means that your power line can be used as an additional internet line.

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