WiFi is great. You can connect to the Internet wirelessly, use WiFi to save on your smartphone data and even listen to music in your yard. But the problem is that range always seem to cut your ideas short.
I remember one time when I was having a pool party and I had the idea of using my WiFi to stream music.
But the signal was terrible.
I had to give up and use my cell phone’s data and a Bluetooth speaker to be able to stream my music 20 feet from my house. I didn’t have WiFi leaking or any other issues that would cause me not to have a signal outdoors.
If you ever setup your router and have had the same signal issues as me, you know calling the Internet provider will not solve anything.
I actually called the Internet provider, and the representative tried selling me a faster Internet tier. But don’t fall for these increased speeds. The speed of your Internet has nothing to do with the WiFi signal.
Speed is only helpful when the signal is strong.
I didn’t pay my provider a single penny more for my service. Instead, I decided to do everything I could to boost my range.
A few tips that worked very well for me, and I am sure that they’ll work well for you, are:
1. Update Your Router’s Firmware
Firmware is essentially software that helps your router run. Think of firmware as an update for your smartphone that fixes bugs and adds new features. Firmware updates will not happen on their own, and you’ll have to manually start the update if you want to experience the true potential of your router.
But a lot of people have not updated their router for years – if ever.
The range issues that you may be having might be fixed with a firmware update. Every router’s update is different, depending on the manufacturer. NETGEAR uses the www.routerlogin.net portal for their router.
You might have to use a direct IP address for your router.
I recommend doing a quick Google search to find out how to update your router. You may have to type in a name and password to log into your router and update it. The update takes just a few mouse clicks to start, and once started, you’ll want to make sure not to interrupt the update process.
Once updated, you may have a better signal and less bugs to worry about.
2. Update Your Devices, Too
Before you go crazy trying to find out why your signal is bad, you may want to update your device, too. This means updating your laptop or computer’s drivers that deal with the Internet. These drivers may fix hardware issues on your devices and allow for longer WiFi range as a result.
You should also update your phone’s operating system for best results.
When you have updates, they can often lead to better performance in both your device and WiFi range.
3. Purchase a WiFi Extender
A WiFi extender is going to be the one tip on this list that I recommend above everything else. If you’re having a lot of issues with extending your WiFi range, stop here and read through the benefits of an extender or booster.
When you have a poor signal, a booster will be able to:
- Eliminate dead spots in your home
- Boost the strength of your signal
- Allow for added signal range
A booster is designed specifically to extend your WiFi, and these devices work very well. Not only was I able to eliminate all of the dead spots where I lost signal in my house, but I was also able to enjoy a much stronger signal.
It’s the perfect device that will keep on extending your signal without having to pay your Internet provider a dime more.
The good news is that these extenders are affordable, and a lot of them will extend the signal from the room to 1200 sq. ft. or further in a 360-degree radius.
You won’t lose your signal strength or speeds when using a booster.
4. Change Your WiFi Password
If you have ever allowed your neighbor to use your WiFi, you may have someone else using your Internet for free. There are a variety of methods that you can use to see which devices are connected to your router, but it’s often a complicated process that a lot of non-tech savvy people won’t want to use.
Remember how you logged into your WiFi in the first step?
You will want to log back into your WiFi and change your password. If you don’t have a password, put one in place so that you don’t have to worry about WiFi leeches. A WiFi leech is someone that is using up your bandwidth and not meant to be on your WiFi.
5. Switch Your WiFi Channel
Did you know that there are WiFi channels? Channels are essentially lanes where all of your information is passed through. The majority of countries have a total of six channels that they use, but only four are normally available to pick from.
Out of these four, most people will be on Channel 1 or Channel 6.
You’re using one of these channels in most cases. If you switch your channel, you’ll be able to extend and boost your signal. This is very important in highly dense areas where a lot of people are using WiFi.
If you live in the countryside, there’s a good chance that no one is going to be interfering with your WiFi channel to the extent that you’ll lose any quality.
When a lot of people are using routers in the same small area, such as an apartment building, all of the packets of data have to go through the same channel and will cause the signal to degrade.
Changing your channel to another channel, such as 11 or 14, may provide a significant boost in your WiFi speed and range.
If you’re trying to extend your WiFi range, the five tips above are a great way to increase your range today. They’re fast, easy steps to follow that have worked well for a lot of other people.