Your Wi-Fi signal is simply a radio wave, and thus very vulnerable to interference. If you want to have a strong Wi-Fi signal over a greater distance from the router, then the following simple tips are going to help.

Always have Router Antenna pointing upwards

Most stationery routers come with physical antennas that you can look in different directions. For maximum Wi-Fi signal radius and strength always position the router antennas pointing vertically upwards. There are routers that come with two antennas; most people make the mistake of pointing them in different direction thinking it will increase signal strength. That is not true! Just point both of them vertically upwards for maximum range and strength.

Position the Router Centrally

As a rule of thumb, if you want maximum Wi-Fi signal strength in your home or office space, always place the router at the central point of the space. If you place the router at one end of the building/room, the furthest end opposite will likely get weak Wi-Fi signal. However, if you already get sufficient signal at the furthest end from the router position, there is no need to relocate it.

Additionally, the router should be placed at the highest elevation in the room as possible. So don’t have your route placed on the floor, if you can have it put somewhere attached to the ceiling it will be perfect; but at the central location of the room/house/office space.

Keep Router away from electronics interference

Like we said earlier, your Wi-Fi signal is simply a radio wave. Placing the router near big metallic objects like on metal shelves or filing cabinets will block some of the radio wave signal being emitted from the router. However, obstructions such as wood or plaster walls cause no obstructions to the Wi-Fi signals.

The biggest Wi-Fi signal interference comes from wireless devices such as the 2.4 GHz cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwave ovens. Any 2.4 GHz radio signal emitting appliances will interfere with your Wi-Fi signal given the routers also emit 2.4 GHz radio signals. You can test this for yourself by placing a cordless phone in the path of direction between your laptop and the router. You will notice your Internet connection will be on and off.

Another solution would be to purchase a 5.8 GHz cordless phone, which work at a different frequency and thus will not interfere with your Wi-Fi.

Tune to least crowded Wi-Fi Channel

The chances are high that other homes and offices Wi-Fi networks interfere with your network. Especially if you keep your router next to a wall to which the opposite side your neighbor has placed their router as well. In this case, the two routers placed near each other on the opposite side of the wall are going to interfere with each other’s Wi-Fi signal. The best solution in such a scenario would be to change the position of your router, placing it at the furthest end of the room from such walls.

Additionally you could switch to a different Wi-Fi channel. To do this, go to the router’s settings page (you can refer to the instruction manual to get instructions on how to change Wi-Fi channel). When you find the Wi-Fi channel option in your router’s web interface, you should change it to a new channel with fewer users, thus less interference.

This option might be a little technical but with some bit of experimentation you will know how to work it like a pro. Alternatively you can download the Wi-Fi Analyzer on your Android device and let it do all the Wi-Fi network monitoring for you. This app will also recommend the least-crowded Wi-Fi channel for you.

The above four tricks should be able to give you extra meters in terms of Wi-Fi signal radius and extra few bars in terms of Wi-Fi signal strength. Unfortunately, Geek Savanna has not learned of an iOS version of the Wi-Fi Analyzer app, until we do, or you get to learn of it first. Our iOS readers will have to use the other above mentioned tricks.

Last but not least, you could always buy the latest improved routers that come with improved Wi-Fi standards. It will probably cost you more, but strong and fast Wi-Fi connection is always worth it.