Everyone has gone through the hassles of having slow or lousy Wi-Fi connection either in their homes or office. Well sometimes there could be genuine reasons like extreme weather or weak signals from your service provider but most of the time we suffer the harassment because of household items placed in a wrong manner or router placed in a wrong place which inhibits proper signal flow in rooms. Wheebuzz brings you 8 tips on why your Wi-Fi doesn’t work at home properly
1. Metal surfaces and furniture
We all know that metal surfaces are good conductors of electricity and since our Wi-Fi router emits electromagnetic signals any metal surface or object in front of it or around it will absorb those waves making the signal weaker. Make sure the router is placed away from metallic surfaces to work smoothly and faster.
2. Brick and stone walls
Walls or partitions made of marbles, cement, concrete, plaster or bricks effectively can stop your WI-fi signals. Yet there is a solution to this problem, place the router in an open area away from any walls. This is especially essential for most of us live in Flats and apartments these days. Or at least our workplace or office is located in multi-storied concrete buildings.
Mirrors not only reflect our image but also the signals from the router as well. Acting like a shield, it actually bounces off the WI-Fi signals in a haphazard manner. If it’s placed close to the router rest assured your connection will be as unstable as your temper over the slow internet.
4. Christmas lights
Trust me Christmas cheer will not reach you if you have a lousy internet connection the whole week and all because of the decorations and the tinsel decked tree in your room. Besides the bright Christmas lights can be the cause of weak signals as well. These lights have sparkling chips which generate magnetic fields which hinders the electric waves of the Wi-Fi. So, keep your router away from the Christmas tree and decorations.
5. Baby monitors
Baby monitors emit the same amount of interference that is 2.4 GHz which is same as the WIFI router, now when multiple types of equipment send the same amount of signal waves, they use air to transfer data instead of signal waves. They start working as wireless connections. But baby monitors need a net connection to function so keep them away from the router preferably in a separate room.
They also use 2.4 GHz, but all the models do not create interference because each model of drones needs a different amount of power to function.
The microwave also has a similar frequency spectrum of that your WI-fi, so if you place your router next to the microwave be prepared for sketchy internet signals. Just lift the router higher than the level of the microwave which will reduce the interference from the microwave and you can function happily while munching on microwave warmed pizza while working.
How to enhance your WiFi connection
Here are some pointers which you can keep in mind to get a smooth internet connection always.
- Reset the router which will erase all the junk memory and will start installing updates.
- Try getting the most modern or the latest Wi-Fi router instruments.
- Get a Wi-Fi amplifier or WIFI extender.
- Use a difficult password to encrypt your Wi-Fii for security reasons.
- Keep your router updated and get a powerful antenna.
- Get broadband which functions on 5 GHz, because of its less crowded channel than the 2.4 Ghz
- Finally, choose a proper location for your Wi-fi router.