the Antenna Up
Routers generally have physical antennas that
are adjustable. The antenna often comes pointed horizontally to
fit the router inside its box. For maximum signal strength, position
your router’s antenna vertically, pointing straight up. If you have two
antennas, you won’t get better performance by pointing them in different
Position Your Router Properly
Consider where you put your router. If you have a large home or
office, place the router close to the center
to maximize coverage. If you position the router at one end of the
building, you may have poor (or no) signal at the other end
maximum coverage, the router should also be high up. Placing it on the floor is
the worst location possible – place it on a high shelf, if possible.
place the router on or near large metal objects, such as metal shelves or
filing cabinets. These can block the signal. Metal or stone walls can also
block Wi-Fi, while wood and plaster walls won’t cause any problems.
You might be able to root out other sources of interference. For
example: microwave ovens, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, and 2.4 GHz baby monitors
all have the potential to interfere with a Wi-Fi signal.
The solution? Move any one of them
so that the microwave isn’t in between. If you get interference from a cordless
phone, you might want to purchase newer 5.8 GHz cordless phones; these
workon a frequency band other than Wi-Fi and don’t cause any interfere.
Choose the Best Wi-Fi
you’re in an area with many different Wi-Fi networks — such as an apartment
complex or even just a house close to other homes — your neighbors’ Wi-Fi
networks are probably interfering with yours.
minimize this, move your router further away from the other Wi-Fi access
points, if you can. For example, if you’re in an apartment and have a router in
the corner of your room, your neighbor’s router might be right on the other
side of the wall.
the best thing you can do is switch to a different Wi-Fi channel. You access
this option on your router’s settings page — check your router’s instruction
manual for instructions on how to do that. (If you don’t have the instruction manual,
you can almost certainly find the instructions online.)