Are you working from home but cannot keep up with the office online meetings? Recurrent internet connection problems can be so frustrating and the sooner you get a permanent solution like a signal booster, the better. But first of all, you have to establish what exactly is wrong with your internet connection before you resort to buying any devices to improve signal strength. If you are using Wi-Fi, your first stop should be your router.
Reset the router
If your router comes with a reset button, press reset so it can resolve any minor issues. This usually is the simplest way to get things going when the Wi-Fi starts bringing trouble. You can go ahead and switch it on and off and unplug codes for a good measure. Wait 30 seconds and plug everything back and see if it works. Also, ensure that the router is updated and that the antennae are working as they should. If after this your device still does not connect to the Wi-Fi, the problem might be the device you are using to connect to the Wi-Fi.
Check your devices
Restart or power your device on and off and try to connect it to the Wi-Fi again. If it does not connect, try other devices. If you are using your home office desktop, try connecting to the Wi-Fi using your laptop or phone. If another device connects then it must be a problem with the device you were initially using.
There might be applications in your device that hog the bandwidth that can mess up the connection. Having so many devices connected at once while running heavy programs can also contribute to signal lapses. Most devices come with troubleshooting problems that will quickly point you to the problem and help you resolve it.
Remove wireless devices around the router
Wireless devices are best kept away from the router. They have a tendency to interfere with the signal strength.
You can plug the Ethernet cable directly to your desktop so you can ascertain whether the problem is with your Wi-Fi specifically or your internet as a whole has a problem. If the internet connection is working just fine. Pick your device and move closer to the router and try to establish a connection. Move to different parts of the rooms and if it works in one room or one part of the room and not the other, then you dead zones or blind spots in your house which can only best be resolved using a Wi-Fi extender.
What is a Wi-Fi dead spot?
These are areas in your house which for whatever reason, the Wi-Fi signals do not seem to reach. If you live in a big house for instance, then your connection might be just fine in the room where the router is then getting weaker as you retreat to other rooms. This can be especially frustrating because it basically means all activities that need the internet have to be done in a particular room.
You cannot wake up and quickly look up something on the internet because your Wi-Fi is on its worst behavior. Neither can you continue watching your favorite movie because all watching has to happen within a certain room – sounds like anything but fun? Another cause of dead spots is barriers like furniture, walls, and electrical appliances whose material might interfere with the signal.
Do you need a Wi-Fi extender?
If you have dead spots in your house, then you definitely need a Wi-Fi extender. The range of your router might be too small that the signals do not reach all the desired areas. In which case, they need to be amplified so they can reach all those designated places. The first thing you might realize when you first begin your search for a Wi-Fi extender is that they come in many sizes and forms, and settling on the right one can prove to be quite the task.
Your router specifications will be the ones to guide you in choosing the most compatible extender. Ensure your router can support the extender’s bandwidth. Most extenders are plug-based, which means you only have to plug them into an empty socket and you are good to go. A more complex one is the flat surface which looks more or less like another router.
If you are a bit choosy with what lies around your desk, then the flat surface one might prove quite an eyesore. In which case, buy an extender you can plug in and immediately forget its existence.
Security is yet another factor you can never downplay when purchasing a Wi-Fi extender. There are way too many bad people prowling cyberspace, waiting for a weakness to prevent itself, even if that weakness comes in the form of a Wi-Fi extender. Extenders that come with WPA-PSK security protocols are quite decent and safe.
The consideration which is by no means trivial is the cost. Find the best extender possible that will suit your budget while still performing as it should.
Positioning your extender
If your router is in the living room and you are having problems connecting to the dining area, place the Wi-Fi extender midway between the living room and the dining area to improve signal strength. You must always keep in mind that the signal the Wi-Fi extender repeats is not necessarily as strong as it originated from the router.
As such, positioning the extender too far away will do the signal no good. The extender should at all times remain within the range of the router in order to improve signal strength. The range can go as far as 150 feet inside the house.
You can always change the position of the extender as you please. For a better experience, place it close to the device you are using, but just make sure it is not outside the scope of the router. If you are having trouble finding the perfect spot, you can have someone from the company selling you the extender come and help you install it perfectly.