Wi-Fi router is one of the most important computer component in our daily lives. However, Wi-Fi can sometimes get equally frustrating as well. Actually a while ago, I had a Wi-Fi Router + modem at my place. My iPhone as well PlayStation 4 console wouldn’t just connect irrespective of having full range. Where as my laptop seemed to connect and work online pretty well at very low signal strength as well. Another few common issues include slow speeds (irrespective of your data plan), bad reception and some other issues, here are 7 ways to help you improve your Wi-Fi signal quality.
7. TIN FOIL HACK TO INCREASE Wi-Fi RANGE
Now sometimes, your Wi-Fi router is in your room connected to your computer via Ethernet cable and you might want to stream some content on your TV in the next room, which is outside your Wi-Fi range. You can use a tin foil or an old beer can or a cooking strainer carefully cut and folded to form a parabola opening in the direction in which you want your Wi-Fi. The results won’t be mind blowing, but personally I experienced a change from 82% to 100%.
6. INCREASE Wi-Fi SECURITY
Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? You can check if someone other than your devices is using your Wi-Fi by using Tomato firmware.What to do when you find un-authorized device using your Wi-Fi?Change security to WPA2-AES (or changing your Wi-Fi password) will prevent access to your Wi-Fi network from an unauthorized user and kick out those who’re already using it. IP address and MAC address won’t help you much while finding who the user is actually. For that you can use MoocherHunter.
5. CONTROL BANDWIDTH CONSUMING APPLICATIONS
If you use Skype or similar video chatting applications or play DoTA or similar online games or download large number of files say torrents, they may consume a large amount of your network bandwidth which may slow your Wi-Fi. It slows down Wi-Fi for everyone else using it. Luckily there’s a feature supported in most of the latest Wi-Fi modems called QoS (Quality of Service). With QoS, you can prioritize certain applications over others so that the most important applications get the bandwidth they deserve. General the QoS options are available in your Wi-Fi control panel. You can access it by entering your IP address in your browser. e.g. http://192.168.0.1.
4. BOOST YOUR WI-FI SIGNAL WITH A BIT OF HACKING
One more great way to boost your Wi-Fi range is to hack it and install the DD-WRT firmware. Not only it gives a ton of security features or other enhancements but also allows you to boost your Wi-Fi signal by allowing you to increase your transmitting power. This can be dangerous for your router but most of the routers can handle an increase of up to 70 mW without causing any issues. This will allow you to access your router from much farther away.
3. TURN AN OLD MODEM INTO A Wi-Fi REPEATER
If you think boosting isn’t enough or you feel it’s risky, you can get a range extender for your home. They aren’t very expensive, however, if you don’t want an extra piece of hardware, you can use your previous mentioned DD-WRT firmware to use your previous modem as a Wi-Fi extender. This might not give as fast internet but it’ll get your job done cheap.
2. REBOOT YOUR ROUTER AT LEAST ONCE A DAY
If you’re like me, people who start their router the day it’a out of the box till the day it drops dead, it is always a good practice to reboot your router once a day. It barely takes a few seconds a for which you lose internet, but it is way in which most of the heat or old firmware or excess downloading issues are solved. You can use DD-WRT to schedule daily reboot timer as well.
1. FIND THE RIGHT WIRELESS CHANNEL
If you’ve neighbors who’ve Wi-Fi as well, it’s highly likely for both of your networks to conflict. This causes your Wi-Fi signal to degrade. Wireless routers operate on a number of channels and you’ll want yours with as minimum interference as possible. Use tools like Wi-Fi Stumbler or Wi-Fi Analyzer to find the perfect one for yours.With these above tweaks and hacks you’ll find your Wi-Fi more faster and secure than ever. If you find we’re missing out anything, feel free to share it with us in comments.