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Wifi Woes

A client was bemoaning the quality of wi-fi signal in her home today. It led to a discussion about how best to ensure you have a decent connection throughout your property.

The most important part of a wi-fi network is the router. In order to optimise its performance and coverage it is important to locate it in the correct position within your home. The best place to station the router is as near to the centre of the building as possible in order to spread the signally evenly.

One limitation is that the router must connect to the telephone master socket by wire. If it is connected to an extension socket then you may experience problems with the incoming internet signal. This will obviously have a bearing on where you can place it within your home.

Sometimes wi-fi can see to fluctuate seemingly without any reason. Thinking about other objects that can obstruct its signal is also important. Make sure you don’t tuck the router behind heavy furniture, as something like a sofa can have a detrimental effect.

Other electrical devices can also affect the signal adversely, so if possible ensure you do not place it next to a fridge, microwave oven or television. If you experience random fluctuations you can troubleshoot the issue by turning off nearby appliances in turn to isolate which (if any) are causing the problem.

Wi-fi boosters can often make a great difference in areas of a property where the signal is weak. Again, try to position these to spread signal as evenly as possible. In older properties in particular, where there may be walls that are very thick, boosters may need to be placed to create a line of signal to avoid these impenetrable obstacles.

If all else fails there are devices called netplugs which you can use to run the signal through the wiring in your property to a power socket in a particular room. This is often the best way to improve patchy wi-fi reception.

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