A WiFi guidebook: The five best tips for high-speed WiFi throughout your home
Surfing the web while relaxing on the couch, quickly downloading a video game or streaming a blockbuster on your new smart TV—it‘s all very simple in theory. But in the real world, your WiFi doesn‘t always give you wireless freedom. Instead things end up slowing to a crawl. A few simple tuning tips will get your WiFi back up and running at lightning speed in no time.
Tip number 1: Running through a quick WiFi check
Internet users notice very quickly if WiFi coverage is good or bad. Nevertheless, taking a brief look at your situation is a valuable first step. Helpful analysis tools are available to assist your efforts. Experts often recommend the Ekahau HeatMapper. This program lets you start by creating a floor plan for your home. Then you can measure the WiFi coverage (from green = good reception to red = poor or no reception). Most users can manage with a simple app like WiFi Analyzer instead. It is available for free on Google Play®.
Tip number 2: The ideal position for your router
Is your router located too far away from the actual living room? Maybe it‘s even in the basement? This is sure to cause problems with the range or speed of your WiFi. Before you go out and buy a new router, optimise the location. The best option is a slightly elevated position, such as on a sideboard or cabinet. That alone makes quite a difference. If the router has external antennas, point them at different angles until reception improves.
Tip number 3: A must-have feature for your new router
If you have to replace your old router, the new model should definitely support WiFi ac. The new standard is substantially faster than WiFi n. In addition, a portion of WiFi n, the 2.4 GHz band, is extremely overloaded in many large urban areas. Your WiFi picks up speed by changing to the 5 GHz band of the WiFi ac standard. But watch out: Your router and your WiFi receivers, such as smartphones, laptops or tablets, have to support the new ac standard, otherwise WiFi tuning won‘t work.
Tip number 4: WiFi repeaters for short distances
If the WiFi from your router has to go through more than three or four walls or even multiple floors in a larger home, these obstacles will make the WiFi slower and slower until the connection gives out completely. Over short distances, meaning from one room to the next, a WiFi repeater can help. In larger flats or single-family homes, however, a repeater can‘t do much because the solid, steel-reinforced concrete walls and ceilings greatly impede a WiFi network.
Tip number 5: Powerline adapters are the best WiFi solution
If you want to provide larger living spaces with WiFi quickly and easily, you can achieve this best with Powerline adapters. Powerline is based on a rather clever idea, because the adapters use household electrical wiring like a long data cable. That offers a decisive advantage. Since this is a wired solution, walls and steel-reinforced concrete ceilings are no longer WiFi obstacles. WiFi Powerline adapters let you install a high-speed WiFi access point running at the full speed of your Internet connection at any power outlet.
Here‘s how it works: One starter kit, like that offered by market leader devolo, contains two adapters. The first is connected to your router by an Ethernet cable and plugged into an available power outlet. Then the second WiFi Powerline adapter is placed on the floor of the building where no WiFi reception was possible until now. Now press a little button on each adapter and the high-speed WiFi network is ready. You can use up to eight WiFi Powerline adapter if desired. More than enough for strong WiFi throughout your home.
You can find more information about "whole home WiFi" at www.devolo.co.uk/whole-home-wifi/