Five Ways to Increase Your Wi-Fi Network's Range
- 1. Relocate Modem and Router (Free!)
- 2. Fix Any Interference (Free!)
- 3. Upgrade to Wireless N ($50100 for Router and $30$70 per Adapter)
- 4. Extend Coverage Using HomePlug Powerline ($40+ for Router-to-Outlet Adapter and $70+ for AP/Adapter)
- 5. Adding Access Points ($30+ for AP and $10+ for Cabling)
- Wrapping it Up
Are the signals from your Wi-Fi router dropping out constantly or sporadically? Do you want more coverage? If so, then this tutorial is for you.
We'll discover five ways to fix connectivity issues and increase your Wi-Fi coverage area. The first two solutions don't even require opening the pocket book.
Then if you still need more coverage, you have three other solutions to pick from, which could require as little as $50. Let's get started!
1. Relocate Modem and Router (Free!)
The signals from your wireless router (and any other access points) are generally sent in all directions evenly—it is omnidirectional. Therefore, you want the router centered in the desired coverage area.
For instance, if you are having problems connecting on the left side of the building, and the router is on the right side, try to move the modem and router toward the left, centrally located.
For DSL or cable service, you can usually just disconnect and reconnect the modem into a different area of the building. If lacking phone or cable jacks is a problem, you might consider buying a longer Ethernet cable if it can be reasonably ran between the router and modem.