No longer are you chained to the desk to type on your computer, or need that printer stationed close enough to connect and it’s in the way. Wireless technology has given us the freedom of movement to utilize our devices wherever we want…as long as we are in range! The strength of your wireless connectivity will determine its success. There are some easy things you can do to improve your wireless connectivity.
Position Your Router Centrally
The strength of a wireless signal is limited and can have interference from walls or other large objects in the path between the device and the wireless router. Metal objects will also interfere with your router’s wireless signals. A central location is key to giving you the best range. Also, make sure your wireless router is passworded and has its own unique channel so it doesn’t get interference from others that may be in the area.
To Know About Your Antenna
The antennas provided with most routers are small and broadcast a signal in all directions, but the range is quite short. If you need to, change to a directional antenna that can improve range by focusing the signal in a specific way. It allows you to aim it where it’s needed. Another option is to use a wireless repeater to extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any wiring. Just place the wireless repeater halfway between your wireless router and your computer. You can get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength.
Try Changing the Channel
Did you know that wireless routers can broadcast on several different channels? In the United States the channels are 1, 6, and 11. You can get interference from other people on the same channel as yourself. If so, try changing your wireless router’s channel through your router’s configuration page. Your computer does not need any reconfiguring as it will automatically detect the new channel.
Have You Upgraded Lately?
If you feel your wireless connection is not functioning optimally check to see if there are any firmware updates. If so it can provide a performance boost and access to new features.
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