Everyone wants consistently fast Wi-Fi. But more often than not, there seems to be an elephant sitting holding back the speed of the line. This could be due to a number of factors. Some of which we explore in this article.
Why is my Wi-Fi signal so bad?
Wi-Fi is truly unpredictable. There are so many factors that can easily affect it. You could stand in a spot and have terrible signal, and take two steps to the left and you may have great signal. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that may be affecting your signal.
1 Physical distance
Wi-Fi routers don’t have the same transmission capacity as a cellphone tower, and smaller routers may struggle to cover the area of a house or even a flat with a good, strong Wi-Fi signal. You can figure out the reach of your router by using a Wi-Fi analyser app.
Wi-Fi signals can be obstructed, absorbed or blocked by objects or obstacles. These could be walls, ductwork, furniture, home appliances, and even people. These Wi-Fi blockers seem to have an especially negative effect on 5 GHz WiFi networks, due to the higher frequency signals not penetrating solid objects nearly as well as lower frequency signals.
Wi-Fi signals occupy the same radio frequency band as the electromagnetic spectrum actual radios, cell phones, microwave ovens, walkie talkies, baby monitors, and many other devices. All of these have the ability to interfere with your WiFi signal. Wi-Fi networks can also interfere with one another, which is a commonly experienced factor in highly populated areas such as apartment blocks.
4 Router capacity
Not all computers are built the same. Some are optimised for gaming, some are optimised for basic functionality. It is the same with routers. In the same way, you wouldn’t expect to run graphic design software on a basic computer, you couldn’t expect a lower end router to access a busy office using multiple staff computers, printers, fax machines and security cameras.
5 Bandwidth hoggers
Sometimes, the problem is not the strength of your Wi-Fi signal but the capacity of your internet connection. Streaming, video chatting or gaming on multiple devices can bring even a strong Wi-Fi network down to crawling speed. For the best results, it’s important to manage bandwidth hoggers and prevent them from stealing bandwidth.
6 Your internet service provider
You can easily use time troubleshooting poor Wi-Fi performance without realizing that your internet service provider may be experiencing difficulty. To test if that’s really the case, connect to the internet via a wired connection and perform an internet speed test. Your measured download and upload speeds should correspond to the speeds advertised by your ISP. If they don’t, then contact your ISP to check if they are experiencing any issues.
7 Performance-enhancing features
Modern routers support different kinds of wonderful performance-enhancing features, including:
- quality of service,
- Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO),
- beamforming, and
These features might need to be manually activated to work, and older routers often don’t support them at all.
How do I boost my signal?
Here are some hints to improving your signal reach and strength, resulting in faster internet speeds.
- Move your Wi-Fi antenna
- Upgrade your Wi-Fi antenna
- Place your router up higher
- Move your router to a central location
- Add a Wi-Fi repeater
- Add a Wi-Fi extender.
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