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- Recently homes are getting bigger and the further you move away from the router, the weaker your WiFi signal becomes. The longer distance the signal has to travel, the weaker the signal will be.
- Walls can interfere with your WiFi signal.
- WiFi signals can be susceptible to interference from microwave ovens, garage door openers, baby monitors and a host of other devices.
- You possibly have many devices connected at once. Everyone in your family likely has at least one device.
- Your neighbors’ WiFi network can interfere with yours.
How to improve your WiFi
One potential cause of your WiFi problems is an old router. WiFi technology has improved a lot recently, so if your router is a few years old, it wont work nearly as well as a new one. For example, newer WiFi technology uses stronger wireless signals and allows multiple users to connect at the same time. If you think that your router might be out of date, contact your service provider and ask about a replacement.
If your router itself is not the problem, its location might be. For you to enjoy the best possible online experience, your router needs to be able to send out a strong signal to your wireless device. In general, the signal gets weaker the farther you are from from it. If possible, you should place the WiFi router on a table or a shelf. The ideal position is half-way between the floor and the ceiling.
The physical features of your house may also be contributing to the problem. For example, certain materials used in your interior walls can reduce the strength of your signal. Most common construction materials, such as wood or drywall, wont cause a problem, but if your router is located near walls made from concrete or brick, these materials can block some – or all- of your WiFi signal. Metal surfaces can also weaken your WiFi signal, so placing your router in a kitchen or laundry room that has a lot of metal appliances is not a good idea either. Finally, one of the most obstructive materials for a WiFi signal is a mirror. If you have a sizeable mirror near your router, it may negatively impact your WiFi performance. If your router is located in a room with any of these characteristics, try moving it to a different room in your house to see if your WiFi improves.
Check for outdated client devices. While your WiFi router is an important part of the WiFi network, the wireless devices that you use to connect to the Internet also impact the quality of your WiFi experience. As with the router, older devices are going to have outdated technology, resulting in slower connection speeds.
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