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How to Boost Your WiFi Signal (Part 1)

Tech Talker shows you some easy ways to boost the range and strength of your WiFi!

By
Eric Escobar,
Episode #068

Updating

The next tip might push you a little bit outside your technical comfort zone, but that’s what I’m here for! If you’ve had a router for a while, it might be worth checking to see if there is a firmware update for your router. This essentially updates the software in your router which might make it perform more efficiently. To check out if this is the case, try looking at the manual that came with your router or Googling the model of your router followed by the keyword “firmware.” This should bring up a website with the most current version of your router’s firmware and should provide instruction on how to download it.

Antenna

Another super easy way to boost your WiFi signal is to play with the antenna of your router. Some routers will have internal antennas and if this is the case for you, then you can ignore this tip. But if your router does have one or more antennas, try moving them in different configurations and see if that makes a difference.

If you have an antenna, I found an awesome DIY method for boosting WiFi signal to one area of the house. All you need is a printer, scissors, tape, and some aluminum foil. Basically you’ll be making a mini parabolic satellite dish that will allow you to direct your WiFi signal. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than it sounds. Just print the template, cut out the two shapes, cover them in aluminum foil, and attach them to your router. It takes about 10 minutes to make and can have a dramatic effect on your WiFi signal. When I used it at my house, my signal went up by two bars even at the far corner of the home.

Last but not least, check out what type of cordless phones you have in your house (not cell phones). Many new portable house phones use the same frequency as WiFi which can cause signal disruption. Just check the packaging of your phone and if it’s 2.4ghz or 5ghz, then that could be the reason for your wobbly WiFi.

Here are your Quick and Dirty Tips for boosting your WiFi signal:

  1. Move your router to a central location that is high up off the ground.

  2. Move any obstructions, especially metal objects, out of the way because they might block the signal.

  3. Check and download a firmware update for your router.

  4. If your router has an antenna try adjusting it, or create your own super-cool DIY signal booster.

If you have any tips of your own about how to boost or extend your WiFi, please shoot me an email at techtalker@quickanddirtytips.com or post it on the Tech Talker Facebook page.

Keep in mind that this week’s episode covers the quick and easy methods to improve your WiFi signal. Next week I’ll be digging a little deeper to uncover more technical fixes for this problem.

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at techtalker.quickanddirtytips.com. And if you have further questions about this podcast or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post your comments on the Tech Talker Facebook page.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

WiFi and Router images courtesy of Shutterstock

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