How do I Increase the Range of my Wifi Network with Additional Devices?
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In this article, we will discuss some features of wifi routers and tips that can be very helpful to increase the range of wifi routers.
Tip 1: Installing a repeater or setting up a second router in booster mode. This method is the most effective and reliable of all the recommendations you will see here or even find on the Internet. True, you will have to spend money on the repeater.
Repeater (repeater) is a small device that should be installed in the place where you still have a signal of your Wifi, but it is not very strong. And a repeater will extend your main network. I wrote about these devices in detail in the article: what is a Wifi repeater (repeater), how it works, and what does a router in repeater mode mean?
Regular routers can act as a repeater, and if you have a wifi repeater, then you can change settings easily by Myrepeater Website. Here are instructions on how to set up ZyXEL and Asus routers in repeater mode:
If you have Wifi not “getting” to some rooms, installing a repeater will solve this problem. And if you have a house with several floors, you can install a router on the first floor and a repeater on the second floor. This is a great and working scheme.
Tip 2: Change the router’s antennas to more powerful ones. If your router has removable antennas, you can buy more powerful ones and thereby increase your network coverage a bit. Why a little? Yes, because replacing the antennas usually does not give very good results. It is there, but not so much as to increase the radius of a few rooms. Suppose you have to spend some money on antennas. It will be much better to spend your money on a repeater. Yes, it will cost more, but it is much more useful.
If you decide to change antennas, then buy a powerful, with a gain of 8 dBi. But they are expensive, and a couple of them will cost you as much as a repeater.
Tip 3: Buying a new router, switch to 5 GHz. You should go with a more powerful router. Or better, a router that supports the 5 GHz band. What is the advantage of the range of 5 GHz? It is practically free; nowadays, almost all networks and other devices work in the 2.4 GHz band. Less interference means more speed and a more stable network.
There are places where a 2.4 GHz Wifi network hardly works at all. It keeps glitching, connection loss, low speed, etc. And all because there are so many different networks. In such a case, if switching to 5 GHz solves all Issues.
But the network coverage in the 5 GHz range will be less compared to the range of 2.4 GHz. Such a peculiarity
A few more tips for increasing your Wifi range
Tip 1: Choose the right location for your router. This is a very good and effective tip. Typically, everyone installs routers at the front door or in some far-flung room. The right location of the router will allow you to properly distribute the signal, thereby increasing the Wifi range. You should consider the RangeXTD router for good signals.
Simply put, you should install the router as close to the center of the house as possible. Yes, this is not always possible because it is necessary to lay a cable to the router, and pulling it to the middle of the house is not very convenient. But, even minor router moves can increase the network level in the rooms you want. Also, it would be best if you remembered that walls are the enemy of Wifi networks.
Tip 2: Homemade amplifiers for Wifi antennas. You can find many instructions that show how to make amplifiers for your router. As a rule, it is the usual foil and tin cans. However, it turns out that if you put a sheet of foil on one side of the antenna, the signal will bounce off it and go in the direction we want.
I think this is all nonsense. First of all, a cut-up beer can or a piece of foil behind the router does not look very nice, and secondly, it has practically no effect. You can check it out.
These are the tips. I think you have found the right way to increase the range of your Wifi network. Share your information in the comments!