Tips To Improve Your Wireless Signal Strength

If Windows notifies you about a weak signal, it probably means your connection isn’t as fast or as reliable as it could be. If you’re looking to improve the signal for your wireless network, try some of these tips.

Position your wireless router in a central location
When possible, place your wireless router in a central location in your office. If your router is against an outside wall, the signal will be weak on the other side of your office.

Move the router away from walls and metal objects
Metal, walls, and floors will interfere with your router’s wireless signals. The closer your router is to these obstructions, the more severe the interference, and the weaker your connection will be.

Replace your router’s antenna
The antennas that came with your router are omni-directional, meaning they broadcast in all directions. If the router is near an outside wall, half of the wireless signals will be sent outside the building, and much of your router’s power will be wasted. Upgrade to a hi-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals only one direction. You can aim the signal in the direction you need it most.

Add a wireless repeater
Wireless repeaters extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any wiring. Just place the wireless repeater halfway between your wireless access point and your computer, and you’ll get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength. Check out the wireless repeaters from ViewSonic, D-Link, Linksys, and Buffalo Technology.