6 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Wireless Internet Signal

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6 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Wireless Internet Signal

Staff Writer · May 24, 2010

Improving the strength of your wireless Internet signal doesn’t have to be a hassle. Sometimes it takes a few minor adjustments, or you may have to buy an accessory. If you make a few changes, you can have a more secure and better performing wireless network. A strong wireless Internet signal plays a key role in performance and security.

1 – Changing Channels

Making your wireless Internet signal better may be as simple as changing the channel on your router. Go to the router configuration page and change the channel as you test the signal strength. Once you find one that works, keep it on that channel. If it gets weak again, try changing the channel.

2 – Relocate the Router

You may have your router in a spot that’s causing the signal to be blocked. The place to get the best wireless Internet signal is in the middle of your apartment. At the same time, you don’t want to “hide it” by putting it under furniture or behind items, because that could block the signal. Figure out how to keep it away from the walls and elevated off the floor. A small table should do the trick.

3 – Hi-Gain Wireless Antenna

One method to try to improve your wireless Internet signal is to get a hi-gain wireless antenna. It points the signal in one direction, as opposed to regular antennas that disperse the signal in many different directions. You can point it where you need a signal the most.

4 – Wireless Repeater

If you don’t want to deal with wiring, consider a wireless repeater. It’s a device that boosts your wireless Internet signal. You set it up in your apartment between the access point and your computer, and it should extend the range of the signal. You should be able to pick these up at any Best Buy store, or on websites that sell miscellaneous laptop and computer hardware and accessories, such as www.tigerdirect.com.

5 – Change Router Firmware

Upgrade to a better quality router firmware to see whether that makes a difference in the wireless Internet signal strength. Check with the manufacturer for any updates to the router, by visiting their website. The manufacturer may have an update in response to complaints of weak signals. It’s often a download to your computer, so you won’t have to wait for a device or software in the mail. They may also have specific recommendations for improving your signal.

6 – USB Adapter with Antenna

Another solution to try is to get a USB adapter with an external antenna. Buy a wireless adapter that has a USB cable to hook into your laptop or desktop port. You should see an improvement in your wireless Internet signal. Adjust the antenna to get the best signal possible. The laptop has to have a USB port for this to work, so verify this before you make a purchase.

Try solutions that don’t require you to buy anything first. If those don’t work, then you will have to buy an adapter or antenna, or upgrade your router firmware to get a better wireless Internet signal.

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