If your home Wi-Fi network doesn’t have the range that you would wish, there are a number of ways you could try improving it. You could try a few fixes to improve your wireless situation, to begin with. You could change the broadcast channel on your router, you could try using software like HeatMapper for help positioning your router better and so on. If these tweaks don’t work, though, it’s time to go shopping for better equipment. Let’s take a look at what your options are.
You could get a better router
Wi-Fi routers and adapters are designed to one of four standards – b , g , n and ac . You’ll know what you have looking at product information for your model of router. If it is the old b or g variety, it’s a safe bet that switching to one of the newer standards could quickly improve your Wi-Fi situation. While routers of the n and ac standards don’t offer absolute range improvements, they do offer better speeds at the outer limits of their range when compared to the older standards.
Of course, to merely get a new your router isn’t enough. You need to get a new PCI or USB WiFi adapter of the n or ac standards to go with your router, too.
Get a capable antenna for your router
Budget Wi-Fi routers usually include weak omnidirectional antennas. The problem with these is that they send their signal out all around – not just where it’s needed. If you find it difficult to get a Wi-Fi signal in a particular part of the house, you could consider building a directional reflector for your router. When you place such a device on your antenna, you’ll find that it’s helps you get your router’s entire transmission output in the specific direction you need. This should dramatically in your reception.
Enabling your electrical outlets with Wi-Fi
One of the most reliable ways of getting a good Wi-Fi signal throughout house is to wire each room with Ethernet and then placing a Wi-Fi access point at each room outlet. If this seems like too much work, you could try using your electrical wiring in your home in lieu of dedicated LAN cabling.
Many makers of networking products make devices that help transmit Ethernet signals through your power lines. You can try buying just one power line adapter to see if it successfully transmits Ethernet over your domestic power lines.
Finally, you always have the choice getting a wireless repeater. This kind of equipment is easy to set up. Place the repeater where the signal begins to drop off. It should quickly take care of the problem.