How to Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost

How to Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost

The following are a sign you may need to give your WiFi signal a boost – Status: Connected. Signal strength: Low.

If you’re sick of seeing those words, you need to learn how to give your WiFi signal a boost! Keep reading this article to find out our top 8 tips.

Tips to Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost

How to Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost

  1. Move your router. Your wireless router or wireless access point should be in a central spot in your home. Do not keep it on the floor, against a wall, or resting on or near metal objects. Author and tech expert Tony Northrup recommends placing your router on a high shelf in the same room as your computer. This helps the wireless signals get to your computer properly.
  2. Update the firmware for your router and adapter. Check for firmware updates for your router and adapter on a regular basis. These updates are free and sometimes boost performance. PC Mag writer Samara Lynn recommends visiting the manufacturer’s websites for your router and adapter to make sure you have the most up-to-date firmware.
  3. Change the channel on your router. Routers operate on different channels. A typical router tends to pick a certain channel on its own, often the one that is least crowded when it is set up, but you can double-check to make sure your router is using the best channel available. Northrup recommends using the free, open-source program inSSIDer to check if your router is using the least-crowded channel. It will show you how many WiFi routers in your area are on each channel. By accessing your router’s interface and switching it over to a less busy channel, you can improve its performance and maybe even signal range.
  4. Install DD-WRT. Lynn advises installing the free, open-source program DD-WRT to optimize your router’s performance and unlock extra features. However, she points out that not every router supports this program and that installing it is likely to void the warranty that came with your router. Plus, it can be difficult to remove, and many manufacturers won’t help you troubleshoot router problems after you install it. So, this option is better for people who don’t have a warranty on their router and aren’t on a business network.
  5. Use a second WiFi router as a repeater or access point. By connecting a second router’s LAN port to your WiFi router’s LAN port, you can set the second router up as a wireless access point. Lynn recommends using the same addressing info on the second router as on the first router, including the same netmask, and turning DHCP off. The second router should also have the same SSID and security as the main one. Most new routers just have a setting that lets them operate in repeater or access point mode.
  6. Upgrade your router’s antenna. The router your antenna came with broadcasts in every direction. That’s versatile, but if you want to get a cheap boost, Northrup suggests switching to a high-gain antenna that sends the wireless signals in one direction. That way, you can aim the antenna in the direction you really need the signal. For this to work, your router needs to have an external, removable antenna.
  7. Buy a repeater or extender. Wireless repeaters instantly extend the range of your WiFi network without adding any extra wires to trip over. Repeaters or extenders should be placed halfway between your computer and router or access point. However, Lynn warns that these gadgets can be difficult to set up and can even interfere with your WiFi signal. If you pick this option, she advises buying a repeater or extender from your router’s manufacturer.
  8. Upgrade your devices to 802.11n. If you’re determined to get the best WiFi signal you can, you can pick up a new router and adapter.

Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost With Piece of Mind

According to Northrup, a wireless-N network (802.11n) is at least twice as fast as a wireless-G network and has better stability and range. You will see the most improvement if you update your router, adapter, and computer.

Of course, new equipment is expensive, so we recommend getting the best warranty you can. Did you know many credit cards offer extended warrantees when you buy tech equipment?

Discover credit cards, for example, offers a SquareTrade Care Plan that covers your purchase for three years, has no deductible for service, and is underwritten by a well-rated insurance carrier. You can even earn a 5% Cashback Bonus each time you buy a SquareTrade warranty using your Discover Card.

Discover isn’t the only one on the block making this type of offer, so check with your credit card company to see what extended warranty options they offer.

Author and tech expert Tony Northrup recommends using equipment from the same vendor to ensure top performance.

Now that you know how to give your WiFi signal a boost, you can start enjoying the perks of faster browsing with fewer connectivity problems. Your leeching neighbors will be very grateful after giving your WiFi signal a boost!

16 Responses to “How to Give Your WiFi Signal a Boost”

  1. Jay Word says:

    I guess the strength of a WiFi signal is dependent on the area and ISP a person has, but by this time, I’d like to think that ISPs are providing people a strong enough signal to at least cover the area of their homes without the need of any significant WiFi boosting solutions.

    Regardless, for the people that do have such problems, these are some useful tips for them to try out.

  2. Stefan says:

    Unless you painted your house with lead paint, this sort of thing shouldn’t be a problem these days. I can normally pick up wifi singles for people half way down the street, so if your provider is furnishing you with a router than cannot ensure household access then you’re with the wrong company.

  3. Arjun Rai says:

    Using my wi-fi phone and laptop these things should be really amazing to apply for the better connection.

  4. sinddy says:

    this is very useful for my thank for share

  5. Dolly Parton says:

    I was not sure about which website to confirm and then I saw your blog and it really
    proved to be helpful to me. The content is great and easy to apply. Please post some more
    topics related to it.

  6. Salman says:

    Really great tips to boost the signal strength … I like Lynn’s advises in the #4,5 & #7 points

  7. Frank Bowes says:

    Hi Paul, well you haven’t taught me anything new today as I was a internet tech manager. However, I can confirm that all these steps are effective in increasing the strength of a WIFI connection. I would re-emphasis that most providers will not troubleshoot a router if you have cracked the firmware, or installed additional software. I used to allow my agents to do it, however, it gets difficult and customers were often unappreciative of their attempts anyway.

  8. Kimi says:

    Hi Paul,
    I really need wifi everyday, even to use my phone to access internet when I am home to save my data roaming Lol

    This is why having fast and reliable wireless is a must for me. I haven’t tried all of these tips except for the ‘extender’ because I am using extender right now at home and it works great even when I am in bath lol

    I am so much addicted to internet, guess I cant live without wireless 🙂

    Happy holidays and merry xmas


  9. Thomas says:

    Nice tips Paul. I have had good result changing the channel of my router. Most routers use the same default channels and if you live somewhere where you can see a lot of other Wireless network it might be a good Idea to change away from the default channel. The inSSIDer program is great to help finding the best suitable channel.

  10. James Fisher says:

    I checked for my router (D-Link DIR 655) on the DD-WRT database before looking any further into this program and it says it is ‘not supported’. So it would be a good idea for others to look up their router before proceeding with this software. Thanks for the tips!

  11. Mushfique says:

    Now these are some good tips! I was thinking about buying one and thanks to you, now it will be easier to give the wifi modem a great boost once I buy it! Thanks!

  12. Gabriel Gutierrez says:

    Nice tips it is useful and its good if its true..I’ll try it soon…..

  13. Cool tips, especially using a 2nd router as an access point repeater, this can be needed if you have big ranch style homes like some do here in Arizona which are a lot of square footage in long rectangular like structures where you can lose some serious signal between 1 side of the house and another.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Getting a wireless signal to remain string in a larger home can be a pain. I have my router in the basement, so on the second floor I only get three bars at the most. Not many people would think about using a second router as repeater, mainly because some may not want to mess with setting up a second wireless router.

    • Arjun Rai says:

      I agree with you justin, that was really a good point to be remembered.

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