I have a Wi-Fi system but at times the signal seems to vary from low to good and excellent. On the low and good connection it fails to send or receive though I can access internet pages. What I can do?
Most people who use Wi-Fi might have experienced the same or similar situation. Wi-Fi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer, and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. When you’re on the Internet or trying to connect, you might notice that it takes several minutes to open a single page. If you’re worried by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are the ways using which you can power up the Wi-Fi signal.
Secure your Wi-Fi
When your Wi-Fi signal goes low, first secure it with a password. This is because if you don’t have a Wi-Fi password then anyone within range of your Wi-Fi can ‘steal’ your broadband. This will not only slow down your Wi-Fi signal, it could also land you in trouble with the law. In case a freeloader uses your internet for some bad activities then you might be in trouble for what it’s used for.
So, a simple step to take to make sure your Wi-Fi isn’t slow is to set up wireless security so that only you and anyone you give your password can use it.
Position your Router properly
The position of your router can also make a huge difference in the quality of your Wi-Fi. The nearer you are to your router with a clear view of it, better will be your wireless signal. Try to place the router in the middle of your home / office so the signal can be accessed in all the corners or at least the ones where you are mostly likely to want Wi-Fi.
Ideally, put your router high up; on top without any clutter around it i.e. keep it open and away from obstructions.
Other people’s wireless routers, cordless phones, microwaves, baby monitors and other appliances can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and slow it down. First, try to keep all other electrical appliances away from your router. If this doesn’t help then, you can opt for buying a dual band router or the cordless phones on other bands too can help with this.
Change your Wi-Fi channel
Newer routers allow you to switch between two wireless channels for example 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This means if your Wi-Fi signal is weak on one channel you can switch to the other, where you might hopefully get a stronger connection. Your computer, tablet or smartphone should detect the new settings automatically.
Use a signal repeater
A wireless repeater is a stand-alone unit positioned within range of a wireless router or access point. It can improve the range of your Wi-Fi by bouncing or repeating the signal over a greater distance. Repeaters serve as a two-way relay station for Wi-Fi signals. They are generally cheaper and easier to set up too. You need to just simply position the repeater halfway between your router and the location you want your Wi-Fi to reach.
Add another access point (or router)
Large houses might typically require two Access Points, whereas businesses may employ dozens of access points. In a home, this option requires connecting your primary wireless router (access point) to the second one with Ethernet cable; home wireless routers and/or Access points won’t communicate with each other directly.
Add a bi-directional Wi-Fi signal amplifier
A Wi-Fi signal amplifier also called as “signal booster” attaches to a router, access point or Wi-Fi client at the place where the antenna connects. Bi-directional antennas amplify the wireless signal in both directions i.e. transmit and receive.
Upgrade the antenna / Firmware
The easiest way to improve your router’s performance is by ensuring that its antenna, firmware and drivers are all up to date. Check the device manufacturer’s website regularly for their updates to keep your router in peak operating condition. Wi-Fi antennas on most of the wireless base stations can be removed and replaced with more powerful ones.