Most people do not really understand why it matters so much to position your router in a perfect spot for a better Wi-Fi coverage. Even a small shift, or turning your router antenna can add a good signal strength or loose most of signal.
In this article we will tell you how to position your router on the best sport for a better signal.
High vs. Low Positioning
If you are installing an Wi-Fi router, you should know that a router should not stay everywhere.
You should not leave router on a desk for example where around are many objects. Router should be higher than most of the objects from the room so the signal would not be blocked.
It is a common thing that if router is behind some objects it will result worse antenna signal performance.
Positioning Next to Concrete & Metals
Materials like concrete and metal will make Wi-Fi signal much worse. You have to make sure that your router is far enough from metal objects, like electronics or your home heating radiator.
Also make sure your router signal will not be behind concrete and metal walls, as this is one of the worse thing for loosing signal performance.
Distance to Router
More further away from your router the worse is the signal. You should position your router as close as possible to your working desk or in the center of your working setups.
If you have a router for more rooms or in your home, you should make sure that you are positioning the router in the center of all rooms and devices, so the signal will have equal strength to all corners of the house where you want to use Wi-Fi.
If your router signal is not strong enough to get anywhere you want, you can use Wi-Fi extenders or powerline adapters.
You will setup the extenders in other rooms or corners where signal is weak. Extenders will take your router signal and will repeat it in these areas.
You will notice that sometimes there are objects that make interferences to your Wi-Fi.
For example if you are using your Microwave near to your Wi-Fi point, you can have a signal drop. This is because microwave ovens operate at a frequency very close to the Wi-Fi band. The microwave frequency is 2.45 GHz, and the Wi-Fi band is 2.4 Ghz.
Sometime bluetooth devices can interference because they operate at same 2.4 Ghz. There is a preventing technology which make bluetooth to change its channels up to 1,600 times per second, but anyway sometime it can get you problems
Christmas Lights and Electric Cords
Christmas lights or any simple electric cords can make your Wi-Fi signal slower. This happens because Christmas lights and electric cords can emit a small electromagnetic field which can block your Wi-Fi band.
Other Wi-Fi Routers Interferences
You must know that you should keep your Wi-Fi router at a good distance from other Wi-Fi router, for example your neighbor’s Wi-Fi router.
If routers are set on close channels or on the same, they will have interference problems. You will loose signal very often. This can be resolved easy from your router settings where you can change your channel.
To analyze your router channel and how close is your neighbor’s router channels to your you can use apps like Wi-Fi Analyzer. Based on the results you get, you will decide on which channel you will set your router.
In the end, I hope that you understand that you should keep your router away not only from Christmas lights but also from many other things.