JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A smooth internet connection is an important aspect when working at home or distance learning. Often the internet connection has problems, for example when we are in the middle of an important virtual meeting.
However, this problem can actually be solved easily. One of them is to pay attention to the wifi router at home.
Quoted from Cnet, Monday (27/6/2022), there are many factors that determine internet speed. While there are a few tricks or guides you can follow to increase your overall wireless speed and coverage at home, one of the most important factors is the location of the wifi router.
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It must be remembered, the exact location of the wifi router is not always where the technician installed it.
When you first move into a new house or apartment, a wifi router is usually installed along the wall at one end of the house. This is simply because that’s where the line comes in and the technician’s job is to set up the connection, not optimize the network.
It’s tempting to leave everything where the technician set it up. However, this may not be the optimal location to place the wifi router.
1. Choose a central location
Routers send signals in all directions, so if left in the corner of the house, a significant percentage of your wireless range is sent outside. We recommend moving the router to a central location to optimize the signal.
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2. Place in a high location
Routers tend to propagate the signal downwards, so it is best to mount the router as high as possible to maximize range.
Try placing the wifi router in a high location, for example on a bookshelf or mount it on a wall in an inconspicuous place.
3. Avoid other electronic equipment
Try to choose a location away from electronic equipment and other large metal objects. The more walls, large obstructions, and electronic equipment near the router, the higher the chance of something interfering with the signal.
One electronics to particularly avoid is microwaves, which emit a strong signal in the 2.4GHz band, the same wireless band that routers use.
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4. Pay attention to the router antenna
Some routers have no antennas at all, but some have up to eight. This antenna helps direct the signal.
If there are two or more antennas on the router, do not position them all in the same direction.
Instead, make them perpendicular to each other, positioning one horizontally and the other vertically. You can also slightly reposition all the antennas to cover different angles.
5. Try mapping signals
In a worst-case scenario, it may be useful to map the signal in the home to see where there might be gaps or problem areas within range.
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