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How to Improve Your WiFi Signal

By Edited May 7, 2016 0 0

Many homes nowadays have WiFi routers, a small device that communicates between the internet service provider and devices inside the house to make sure that all internet capable devices are connected to the same internet line. WiFi routers are great, giving you the flexibility to connect as many devices as you want as well as to be able to move around the house and not be connected to a cable. However, they do come with issues.

One of the main problems of having a WiFi router, particularly in a larger space, is that there are often black spots in your network. That is, areas of your house where the WiFi signal just doesn't reach. This is annoying, and can mean that you lose your signal as you walk around your home, or that the signal gets so weak that the internet slows dramatically.

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways that you can fix this problem. Wireless extenders and PLC can help to eliminate black spots. If you need to increase the range of your router, then keep reading to find out more...

A Word of Warning...

Whilst these two solutions both work, they may not work perfectly for all users. Plus, they require a financial investment. Neither method is simple to use and both require a little technical knowhow. By far the best solution is to make sure that you have the best WiFi router that you can get. Shopping around and reading router reviews will make sure that you get something that fits your needs. These solutions are for those few exceptions when even a powerful router isn't doing its job.

Wireless Extenders...

Wireless extenders are sometimes known as WiFi boosters, and that's exactly what they do, they boost your WiFi's signal. An extender is a hardware device that basically behaves as a bridge. Your router sends the signal to the extender, and then the extender sends the signal to your device. Connecting an extender into your home network may require a certain amount of trial and error, as you will need to find the best midpoint to locate it at so that it can both pick up the signal from the router and send it to the device or area you want it to go to.

PLC...

PLC stands for Powerline Communication. These devices let you bring your network or internet connection using the existing electrical wires in your home. Basically, you plug one part of the PLC into your router and an electrical socket close to the router, and the other part goes into an electrical socket close to the device that you want to connect to the network. The WiFi signal then goes through the electric wires from your router to the device.

Which Solution is Right for Me?

That depends a lot on the strength of your existing WiFi router's signal. In general, a pretty strong signal should be fine using a wireless extender, whereas a weaker signal will require the PLC device. But it is possible that neither device will work.

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