How to improve your WiFi range at home?
Ensuring your WiFi connection is functioning optimally is important when looking for ways to improve your Internet experience. You can improve your WiFi range by using a WiFi extender, powerline adapter or additional access points and a mesh WiFi network. Some differences between the solutions are highlighted in the following table.
A WiFi range extender will extend the broadband modem’s WiFi signal and act as an intermediate repeater. It is ideal for smaller homes with poor signal in certain rooms.
It is essential to place the WiFi extender in an optimal location that is within sufficient range of the WiFi modem. For example, it could be placed in a passageway in order to reach the interleading rooms.
The WiFi icon on your cellphone can be used to give you an indication of the WiFi signal strength.
If you need to extend your internet connection to several rooms, powerline adapters are a good choice. The devices connect to your modem via a network cable and carry your internet connection over the powerlines in your house, allowing you to connect via a network point enabling Wi-Fi in another room.
One unit is connected to your modem via a network cable, and sends connectivity to paired units in other rooms, as long as they are plugged directly into a wall power socket. However, this will work only if you have single-phase power (and not three-phase power) in the house.
Note: You need to give the same IP name to your Wi-Fi modem and/or extenders as this will ensure that handovers automatically take place between the modem and extenders as you move around the house.
Access points and mesh networks
The best way of ensuring a good Wi-Fi range is to install wired access points (AP’s) in areas where you don’t have sufficient Wi-Fi coverage. This guarantees that you will get an optimal Broadband speed and experience in areas where you need it most, such as the TV room or study.
Connecting your end-user devices through a network cable to AP’s will always give you the fastest Broadband speed, but you can also connect a Wi-Fi extender to the AP if you are looking for a way to increase your Wi-Fi coverage at that point.
You can also add additional AP’s for the installation of a Mesh Network that will ensure that you get good Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. Your devices will be connected to the AP with the best connection as you move around your home.
A Wi-Fi mesh network is the ideal solution for large or multi-storey homes. You should get a technical specialist to do an assessment to determine the best Wi-Fi access point or mesh network solution for your home.