To surf the internet, work from home, or play games with friends, most people use a Wi-Fi connection. However, this technology has a large number of natural enemies: from walls and ceilings, some electronic devices, as well as mirrors and metal surfaces. On this note, Five tips to avoid signal problems.
In most cases, the performance decline occurs because the router reaches its limits. That is, the connection comes from a point that is often far from the areas where it is needed.
And while there are no miracles in technology, experts from devolo -which specializes in the development of signal amplifiers through the electrical network- offer five simple tricks to improve your WiFi signal.
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Users are aware of the limitations of Wi-Fi coverage in the home. However, there are some analysis tools that can draw a more accurate picture.
These softwares considered freemiun, deploy a visual map of the wireless network and allows to identify dead zones (in red) without coverage and where there is good reception (green) to place access points.
The best applications for planning a network layout They are NetSpot, Wifi Analyzer, Ekahau HeatMapper, and Fast. With fewer features but free, Acrylic Wifi and WirelessNetView appear.
The router must not be locked.
If the Wi-Fi is too slow or the connection stops completely this is usually due to a range issue, as many homes have the router in some corner, behind a flower pot or worse, even in the basement.
A central and slightly elevated position is ideal for your location, for example, on a shelf in the middle of a room or department, so that the signal is better distributed.
The router must not be locked by other objects located in front of himl. It is also not a bad idea to move some of the antennas that it brings to each of its sides.
If for some reason the router stopped working or does not turn on its lights, the new model will need to support Wi-Fi 5 (Wi-Fi ac) or even Wi-Fi 6.
The Wi-Fi 6 standard was ratified in early 2019 and among other details has advantages such as better transfer rates and compatibility with the above standards. Both standards are considerably faster than Wi-Fi 4 (Wi-Fi n).
Also, a part of Wi-Fi 4, the 2.4 GHz band, is extremely overloaded in many large urban areas. To regain speed, it is convenient to use the 5 GHz band, which has a shorter range but more power.
In a large, one-story or single-family house, there may be great distances, reinforced concrete walls or even ceilings between the router and the devices that one hopes to connect.
These obstacles act as a brake on Wi-Fi becoming slower and slower and, in worst case, comes to a complete stop. A Wi-Fi repeater is useful for shorter distances, for example, from room to room.
Repeaters are the cheapest alternative for expanding network coverage. What they do is capture the signal and amplify it so that it reaches further.
The signal amplified by the Wi-Fi repeater is exactly the same as that sent by the router, with the same name for the and the same password. You also need to configure them to be recognized.
The devolo adapters transmit the Internet signal through the electrical current (Powerline technology) of every home.
The repeater is limited no longer suitable when the distance is very wide. However, there is also a more expensive but simpler and more effective technical solution. It’s about the Powerline adapters.
These devices take advantage of the electrical circuit of the house like a long data cable. The advantage is that walls, reinforced concrete ceilings and even underfloor heating systems are no longer an obstacle.
These adapters create a quick access point at any outlet. Installation is extremely easy. It is enough to plug one near the modem, another in the place where you want to carry the signal and synchronize them by means of a button.