Wifi Boosting Tips
Over the years, I’ve come across a number of tips for boosting wifi signals. Here is a quick list that may be of some help as you set yours up.
- The computer case itself can be a significant barrier to the Wi-Fi signal – try positioning the case so it doesn’t come between the network card and router antennas.
- The addition of a “high gain” (higher dBi) external antenna will often provide increased reception signal and performance. Note that a higher dBi increases the signal horizontally, but decreases vertically. If you need to cover several floors, a higher dBi will probably not help. In this case, you might consider buying a Wi-Fi amplifier, which will boost your signal.
- Reflectors can also be used to good advantage. Use NetStumbler to tune your placement of the reflector. Compact disks can be used, as can anything that actually looks like a parabolic reflector. The reflector, of course, should be placed behind the receiving device or antenna. Large increases in signal strength can be expected. This trick also works with cellphones.
- If all else fails, you can look into purchasing a WiFi repeater, which is a piece of hardware you can use to boost the signal between the router and your device.
- Depending on your brand and model of wireless router, you may be able to replace the built in software with a replacement open source solution that adds much more capabilities and the option to increase the power to your wireless antenna.
- If you still need more range, consider upgrading your wireless standard, up to Wireless N or Wireless G with MIMO. These two technologies will greatly increase the range of a formerly 802.11g or 802.11b network.
- Place the router: in or around the center of the office space
- Place the router: off the floor, ideally on a high shelf
- Place the router: as far as possible from your neighbor’s Wi-Fi router (which, of course, you’ve made sure is using a different channel)
- Place the router: away from cordless phones and microwaves, which operate on the same 2.4-Ghz frequency. (There are some cordless phones that are Wi-Fi friendly)
- Keep antennas as far away from power cords and other computer wires as possible. Those cords and wires can interfere with radio reception.