WiFi is a problem everyone will be familiar with: For days, you have been looking forward to watch football with your friends, but when it’s finally time to turn on the match, the internet connection goes bad. Instead of relaxing and watching the game, you have to fight signal crashes the whole evening. You can’t turn to gaming sessions, either, if the internet isn’t working.
Unfortunately, poor WiFi reception is the rule rather than the exception in many households. There are many reasons for this, from external sources of interference to the position of the router. Small changes often contribute to improving WiFi reception. If none of your countermeasures succeed, the signal can be enhanced with a WiFi repeater or extended to even out-of-the-way rooms with Powerline adapters.
In theory, modern WiFi routers can have ranges of several hundred metres. However, these ranges are only in the open and under optimum conditions. The reason is that living spaces are full of sources of interference, some of which can greatly impair reception and weaken the WiFi signal. Among the factors that can negatively affect your WiFi are:
If these factors apply to your situation, we recommend devolo Magic adapters with WiFi that extend the signal through the power line to the desired room and provide reliable WiFi there.
- How can I improve my WiFi range?
- How does WiFi work?
In order to optimise WiFi range, it is important to understand how the technology works: WiFi is a local wireless network that connects devices to form a local network. If there is a link from the local network to the internet, you have worldwide connectivity. A router usually has an integrated WiFi access point for wireless networking. Since WiFi is a so-called shared medium, all devices using WiFi also use the same bandwidth.
Depending on the type of router or WiFi access point, it uses the 2.4-gigahertz or the 5-gigahertz frequency band.Some devices support both ranges. Different maximum bandwidths can be achieved, depending on the WiFi standard. Among the common standards are IEEE 802.11 b, g, n, and ac. Depending on its settings, the router occupies certain channels within its frequency band.
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