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It is high time we add ‘Wi-Fi’ to man’s list of basic needs, isn’t it? With our dependence on technology reaching new heights, we are at the mercy of our Wi-Fi signal to get our work done. If you are one of the millions who eagerly wait for the latest episode of Game of Thrones to finish downloading or perhaps wait to upload all your vacation pics to Facebook, then you know how annoying a weak Wi-Fi signal can be. Fret not, for here we list some easy steps to strengthen the Wi-Fi reception in your house:
1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
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It’s not just real estate that’s all about the location; placing your router in the optimal place will add to its signal strength. Avoid placing any heavy furniture around it as that can block the signals. Do not put the router in the ‘specially designed to keep devices’ closet, as this may weaken the emitting signals. Place it on a table or other location that is high enough, as the signals from a router generally project downwards. Keep it away from any other router in the immediate area, like your neighbour’s router.
2. KEEP AWAY FROM METAL & APPLIANCES
Metal objects can mess with your router as much as Magneto can mess with the X-Men. Metal is like those leechers on the web who just take away the download speeds; metal objects absorb the signals, thus reducing the signal strength that your device receives. Furthermore, the waves emitted by appliances & gadgets like microwaves, cordless phones, halogen lamps, computer wires, etc. can interfere with the signal reception from the router leading to reduced signal strength.
3. INVEST IN A REPEATER
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Although ‘repeat’ has negative connotations, when it comes to improving your Wi-Fi signal strength, we suggest you get a device known as ‘Wi-Fi repeater’. Routers usually have a range of about 150 feet. However, if you have a huge house or if the router is placed in the farthest corner of the house, access to the Wi-Fi can be a tad difficult. Install the repeater between the router and the other places in the house where the Wi-Fi is used the most (your room, perhaps) and see the range of the W-Fi magically extend! No more getting up from your ‘zone’ and dragging your laptop to a better spot!
4. REGULARLY REBOOT ROUTER
Unlike humans, fortunately, gadgets can be rebooted. Since our routers work round-the-clock, resetting it regularly to optimise its functioning is sensible. However, don’t constantly keep rebooting it as that may internally damage the router.
5. LESS MOOCHERS, BETTER SPEEDS
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One of the easiest ways to limit the number of people accessing your Wi-Fi is to protect it with a password and not with a password that is p-a-s-s-w-o-r-d. Your download speeds are slightly contingent on the number of people accessing it, so that’s why it’s better to be selfish and not keep the network open to all.
6. MANAGE BANDWIDTH USE
In case multiple users are accessing the Wi-Fi for heavy duty stuff like browsing YouTube, playing video games online, and downloading music, all at the same time, then you may want to schedule all these activities for different times. As such a massive load on the bandwidth will result in lowered speeds, frustrating everybody involved.
With that, we wish you a better time with your beloved Wi-Fi.