Now that Malaysia going to offer faster, cheaper internet, perhaps it time to upgrade your old system. Or maybe you just need to fix poor signal problems with your WiFi at home. Regardless of how much you’re paying and how fast your service is supposed to be, signal problems get in the way of your internet experience, causing dropped Skype calls, interrupted downloads, stuttered streaming, and frustrating surfing.
So instead of paying more for faster, but still no better, internet, find the cause of your bad WiFi signal, which can range from:
1. You’re Too Far Away
Simply, you’re too far away from your wireless router. Most basic, low-powered routers only have a short signal range – about 100 feet or so. The further away you are, the weaker your connection. Your device might not even detect your WiFi if you’re outside of the effective signal range.
2. Your House Is a Fortress
Barriers within your home will weaken or even cut off the effective signal of your wireless router within your home. Construction materials like stone, metal mesh, and plaster will dampen the signal, causing blind spots in areas within your house.
3. You’re Experiencing Interference
The more WiFis in your area, the busier the airspace – and the higher the chances of interference that will weaker your wireless signal. Most other home WiFis will be operating within the same frequency as your own, which will cause this issue.
Other wireless devices too, like cordless phones and even microwaves, use the same frequency and will get in the way of your WiFi when active.
4. You Have Parasites
Quite Simply, other people (secretly) piggybacking off your WiFi! Of course, the more people using your signal, the slower your internet connection gets. They might even be hogging the bandwidth with their insane usage or high volume downloads.
Fixing these problems and boosting your signal is simple. Start with:
5. Smart Placement
Placing your router strategically and free of physical obstruction can dramatically improve your WiFi connection. Instead of stashing it in a corner, on the floor, and behind the TV just to get it out of sight, follow the VOICE principal. Simply, your router should:
- Have its antenna pointing Vertically. WiFi signals are transmitted through the sides of your router’s antenna, so having them upright maximises the coverage.
- Be away from Obstructions, like behind a TV or furniture, metal object, or thick walls and fixtures.
- Be away from Interference such as other electronics or other routers. Besides trying to figure out where your neighbour puts their router, you can configure your own to operate on a different channel to eliminate interference.
- Be in a Central position, to ensure even and maximum coverage of the effective signal.
- Be in an Elevated position, such as on top of a cupboard, to get the best signal. Apparently, WiFi signals also travel better downwards and sideways!
6. Boosting Power
You can purchase a more powerful router or set up separate boosters and repeaters to juice up the signal to get past your home’s structural barriers – or you can try homemade hacks to give your signal more power.
There are various software that can boost your router’s power, as well as physical ‘hacks’ that look wacky but apparently work. This include extending the wireless antenna with copper wires, and using tinfoil or a metal kitchen strainer to create a makeshift booster!
7. Securing Your Internet
Slough off those parasitic users by ensuring your WiFi is password protected. This will eliminate the freeloaders enjoying your internet for free! And if you do get a more powerful wireless router, you can configure the distance and area of coverage to only include your home, as well as set a limit on the number of devices that can connect to and use the signal.
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