How to Get Better Signal for Wireless Internet

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The best wireless Internet routers might be able to reach hundreds of feet, going through walls and other obstacles to give you a fast connection no matter where you are. Unfortunately, those routers can be very expensive. You don't need to buy a top-of-the-line router to get a better signal for wireless Internet. Just follow these simple tips.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Wireless repeater
  • Hi-gain antenna
  • Position the router in the middle area of your home. You will get better reception if the wireless signal does not have far to travel. Keep the router off the floor and away from large metal objects. Metal can interfere with the signal. Wireless phones and other electronics that operate with a 2.8GHz frequency can also lead to interference problems; choose products that use the 5.8GHz or 900MHz signals instead.

  • Purchase a wireless repeater. This small piece of equipment picks up the wireless signal and rebroadcasts it, providing a stronger connection to areas of the home that might not receive the signal as easily from the main router. Alternatively, look into the purchase of a hi-gain antenna. It allows you to focus your signal in one direction, making it stronger and able to reach longer distances.

  • Change your wireless channel. Use your router's wireless configuration page (check your manual on how to access this page), and see if there is a clearer channel available. This will take some fine tuning, and you may need to do it every few days if you want to keep using the best channel currently available.

  • Pick a wireless router and network adapter from the same company. Although you can use equipment from different companies and still have a good connection, equipment built and tested from the same line will function well together.

  • Upgrade your servers. Just like your computer, a network card (which receives the connection signal from the wireless router) and router need to be updated on occasion. Visit the manufacturer's website to check for any available updates, and then download and install them. You will probably need to restart your computer and router for the updates to take effect.

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