Chances are there’s a battle in your home these days. Precious bandwidth from your WiFi. With parents working from home and kids taking online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, your internet signal is being stretched. Luckily, there are some simple ways to fix your WiFi woes.
First, make sure to locate your router and understand its function. Think of it as an electronic traffic cop. Its function is to direct the internet connection from your service provider throughout your house in the form of WiFi.
However, there’s much more to getting a good signal rather than buying a good router, for example, knowing where to put it. To have the best results, you should place your internet router in the center of your house so that the signal can reach as much as possible.
Secondly, you should know which items in your home can act as a WiFi roadblock – other than floors, closed doors, and brick walls. That includes microwaves, refrigerators, and other appliances where the WiFi signal might bounce off and not pass through. However, that is not all water absorbs radiation, so your WiFi might have trouble near tubs, pools, and even a fish tank.
If these tips don’t make sense, or if you have a house full of devices, it might be time to think of a new router, particularly if your model has been used for more than three years. If you live in a smaller house and don’t have a lot of obstructions, we recommend the Synology RT2600ac. It is easy to set up and has automatic firmware updating.
If you live in a larger house or just can’t reach the far corners where you need to use WiFi the most, we suggest a Mesh Network-style router that can work with a hub and satellite units in order to spread the WiFi signal throughout your house.