If you want to boost the coverage of your WiFi signal at home or workplace, then this is your guide, since we will try to agglomerate all the possibilities you have so that your WiFi signal reaches where it did not reach now, to those corners, rooms or plants where we couldn’t connect.
The mobility and freedom that wireless networks give is very comfortable, but it is not always present where we need it. Therefore, we will present some good alternatives for the devices that we can buy to extend our signal wherever we want, without making large investments and in an easy way for all users.
How to Boost Your Wifi Signal
What to Expect from this Guide?
We have already written about how to choose a good neutral router, about PLCs and what they can do for us and also about WiFi amplifiers or repeaters. Well, in this new guide we will extend, never better, the coverage of those articles in this blog and refresh its content a bit.
As in these articles, we have already described the characteristics, different technologies, etc. , which you should look for in this type of device, what you will find now is a different approach, more focused from the practical point of view and thinking about the circumstances of the end-user, rather than the technical issues.
I need to improve the WiFi Signal
This section will be divided into two subparts, the first to guide you when positioning the router in the best area to have a good WiFi signal coverage, as well as how to orient its antennas to obtain the best results. That way you won’t make the typical mistakes when you buy one of these devices.
On the other hand, we will inform you about how to improve the WiFi signal and buy the neutral routers with the best coverage in the market …
The most common mistakes when positioning the router and its antennas
Remember that the router’s position is also a strategic point when it comes to having a good signal in the area. But many people position the router in some inappropriate places, getting a bad signal in the house or office. So you don’t make those mistakes, follow these recommendations:
Where to Put the Router?
Put it in a central area horizontally and vertically speaking. Study the area you want to cover, once you know it, if it is a plant and the distribution will be horizontally through the different rooms of said plant, put it more or less in the center of the house or office. If it is a building with several floors, that is, it will be distributed vertically, avoid putting it on the ground floor or on the top floor, better put it on the middle floor so that the signal is distributed in a more balanced way in the rest of the plants.
Neither positions the router in a corner. The corner means that you will have two wall plans behind the router, which will already absorb part of the WiFi signal, especially on 5Ghz routers. Therefore, we can reduce the quality of the signal in certain rooms or rooms where we want to arrive.
The obstacles out. The less obstacles the router has in between, the better. Obviously we are not going to move walls or throw walls to improve the signal, but we can position it in places where space is clearer. Water is also an impediment, so avoid placing it in places with swimming pools, fish tanks, deposits, etc., in between. Also, do not place it near devices such as the refrigerator, microwave, mobile phones, etc., that may affect the waves with interference. For example, Bluetooth especially saturates 2.4Ghz signals.
Wood is a good element. The wooden walls or doors of this material can be easily traversed. For example, if you have an office where you want to create different spaces, better use wood or plasterboard to divide the spaces, avoiding stone walls, concrete, etc., which are less permeable by the signal. This also indicates that if you place the router in an area such as a hallway or hall where all the doors of a house or workplace are located, the signal will penetrate very well through the doors to have good coverage inside the rooms or Offices.
How to Orient the Antennas?
In short, always vertically. The antennas are supposed to be omnidirectional, that is, they transmit in all directions equally. But they really look more like dipoles and emit better horizontally, that is, around the antenna. That would look pretty good with certain devices to make maps of the coverage and study it … But always put at least one or more of the antennas you have available vertically to get better quality.
Do not tilt or put horizontally. Usually, that is a bad idea, only recommended for buildings with several floors, in which tilting the antenna 45º you could make the signal better up and down. For example, if you want good horizontal coverage on the floor where the router is and you also want it to reach the ground floor and upstairs, you could put one antenna vertically and the other tilted.
That is, if you have several antennas, put a vertical and a horizontal one , so with all the ones you have … That could be beneficial even for certain devices whose antennas are also positioned in one way or another, making sure that everyone is “happy” with the reception.
Be sure to purchase a router whose manufacturer is concerned with constantly updating the firmware. Usually, the best-known brands usually do. And once you get the updates, update it whenever you can.
If you have the firmware of your router updated you can benefit from certain improvements, not only at the level of security or performance but also to avoid certain signal losses. Therefore, keep an eye on the firmware updates given on the official websites of the router manufacturers to keep you up to date.
Following these recommendations and those that we will continue giving you until the end of this article, you will get the best benefits.
Acquire a long-range Neutral Router
There are some occasions when the neutral router that comes from default with the facilities that our Internet providers make us has a quality that leaves something to be desired. In those cases, we may see how the WiFi signal reaches decently to almost all or all the rooms of our work or home, but in some the coverage is low.
That is, in the rooms or points farther away, we can see a considerable drop in the signal and therefore we go slower or be more unstable. In those cases, it is not always necessary to buy devices such as PLCs or repeaters, we could simply make an investment to buy a better router.
That could not only improve the coverage of the WiFi signal, but it could also offer us other improvements with regard to speed, connectivity, etc., which we do not enjoy with our current router. But beware! It has its risks since you must properly configure the router to work with your ISP and also make sure it is a good router.
Otherwise, you will have invested money in vain to have a router with the same or worse characteristics as the one you already had and that your problems have not only not been solved, but can even get worse. Therefore, to make a good choice, I refer you to our guide of neutral routers.
As you probably know, there are routers with 2 antennas, 3, 4, or 8 antennas. As you will understand, the more antennas the better. But the routers provided by internet providers usually only have 2. However, if you decide to replace it with a somewhat better neutral router, you will find models with more antennas to improve their performance.
However, if you don’t have the high technical knowledge, here I offer you a list of some routers that can go well to improve the signal of our network. I will include a list with what is known as long-range routers, that is, whose signal goes considerably far and with good quality within the capabilities of the standard and band used.
By the way, I haven’t said it before, but not only can you have only one router, you can use several. You can even buy one of these that we recommend as a central unit and the one you had before positioning it in another place in the house to use it as a signal amplifier.
I need the WiFi Signal to Reach Another Floor or Room
The previous case was not your case, in your case, the signal does not reach a certain floor of the building or is simply so weak that you do not want to risk investing in a router and that this is not the right solution. Perhaps you also have no knowledge about the configuration and do not want to risk running out of the Internet until a technician comes to solve the problem …
Well do not worry, in those cases, there is another solution that is fully compatible with your current network and much cheaper than the acquisition of a router. It can even help you to go beyond a simple amplification of the WiFi signal and connect some IPTV devices without wires in your room. I mean a PLC.
For example, when we have a network service that includes TV channels, some devices are usually installed on the TV that are connected to the router, but if we do not have it nearby, you will need to wire the wall from where you have positioned the router to where it is your TV. To avoid this, a PLC can also be a good alternative for you.
Well, returning again to the title of this section, in this case, we have two options to reach the signal where it was now impossible or complicated. One of the options can be used in any case, that is, it is more universal, as is the case of WiFi signal repeaters or amplifiers, and the other is somewhat more specific and limited as is the case of PLCs.
Therefore, we are going to subdivide this section into two new sections.
This Room Shares Electrical Installation and is Nearby
As you should know, a PLC (Power Line Communications) is a device that can carry the signal from the network through the electrical installation of your home. That means that we can transmit data using the same copper wiring that powers our devices.
* Note: when we want to extend the signal to a plant or room that shares the same electrical installation, we can use the PLCs, but we could also use the repeaters that we find in the following section.
The PLC can be the right instrument you are looking for if, for example, you want to take a network outlet to a point in the room other than where you have the router, and thus connect a device such as a network printer that does not support wireless, a TV set, etc. But remember that you should not use them for more than 100 meters. Here you can see the best PLCs that we can buy and know more information.
I am not sure if it is the same electrical installation or the distance is> 100 meters
If we are not sure if our electrical installation is the same or is independent for that room or plant to which we want to send our WiFi signal or even if we are not sure if our old electrical installation could support a PLC, in that case, do not take a risk and buy a repeater, extender or amplifier of WiFi signal (as you want to call it), since it will work well in any case.
In addition, PLCs are limited to a maximum of 100 meters and are quite susceptible to certain electrical noise generated by electrical appliances such as compressors, or equipment that consumes a large amount of electrical energy, such as the oven, refrigerator, etc. What could make our PLC, not the best option?
Or imagine that you want to make the connection to another plant or adjacent house that does not share the same electrical installation. In that case, you cannot simply connect a PLC in one of the floors/rooms of a dwelling and the other in the other dwelling or plant, since there will be no connection.
For this reason, the use of repeaters is interesting, that when working through WiFi, if they are positioned in a place where the central router signal reaches them, you can extend the coverage beyond what we had before, transforming themselves into another signal source
And this gives us more possibilities since if we want to take it even further, we could use several of these repeaters so that from one it reaches another and thus connect them in different sockets of the building until the signal reaches where we want as if it were a chain of WiFi signal sources.
By the way, a disadvantage of the repeater is that, unlike the PLC, it doesn’t usually have a built-in power outlet so you can avoid “wasting” a plug just to amplify the signal and you can’t connect any device there. That is to say, in the case of the repeater, we must use a thief to connect something in said plugin addition to the repeater itself if we need it.