Tips – Easiest ways to improve home Wi-Fi coverage
For some, Wi-Fi is a basic requirement like electricity and running water. Most Internet service providers install a basic modem/router that stays intact in the corner. Here are some simple ways to solve the common problems of the Wi-Fi network at home.
Best placement: Keep router in the central part of the house
This is one of the easiest ways to improve Wi-Fi coverage. Most users prefer to keep their routers in the corner of the house (usually near a window). While this minimizes cable clutter, it also limits its Wi-Fi range because the Wi-Fi signal is propagated once and for all.
The perfect place to keep a router is in the center of your home to provide coverage even throughout the house. Try to place the Wi-Fi router at eye level or higher, further improving the signal strength. Finally, keep the router away from other interference-causing devices (wireless phone base stations, other routers, printers, microwave ovens).
Unless you live in a single room or in a studio, the router provided by your ISP will not be able to provide coverage through the house. You can swap the existing router with a more powerful one, but a simpler and cheaper way is to use a repeater. This takes the Wi-Fi signal from the router’s reps ‘ to improve the coverage area.
The WPS method is the easiest way to connect a repeater: Enable WPS on the router and press the WPS button on the repeater. Everything is set up automatically in just one minute. There are several options available from D-Link, NetGear, TP-Link …
If you have an old (but functional) router around, you may also be able to use it as a repeater – although this requires some configuration on the settings page.
Your friends and family come to a party and you don’t want to share your main Wi-Fi password? Simply enable a guest network on the router with a simpler, separate password. Access your router’s management settings, and on the Wireless tab, you’ll see a Guest network option.
You can name your network, set a password, and even limit the number of users who can connect to the network at the same time. On the other hand, some routers also give you the ability to block and delete a connected device if you feel you’re hating all the bandwidth.
Once your party is over, you can disable the guest network-that way no one will know your home Wi-Fi password and you won’t have to worry about your network being used later without permission.
Have you ever changed your Wi-Fi password? It could still be the same basic password as when it was first installed. You may also have shared your password with your friends during a party and your neighbors may also have your password. This means that someone could steal your Wi-Fi, which leads to slow speeds and your monthly limits intersect quickly. The best way to avoid this is to change your Wi-Fi password regularly-once in 6 months it should be good enough for most users.
Take a look at the router ports. If a USB port is displayed, the router can do more than emit a Wi-Fi signal.
Depending on the model of the router, the USB port can be used to connect an external hard drive (this will be available as a network storage for all devices connected to Wi-Fi, which facilitates the sharing of content) or to connect a printer ( This will make the printer wireless and share it for anyone on the network).