Based on materials from gizmodo.com
Among the users Android of devices, there are fewer and fewer of those who have this device at home in the singular. Most often it is a whole 'park', or, if you like, a 'zoo', or, in the now fashionable word, 'ecosystem'. Whatever you call it, it is important that a good Wi-Fi signal at home becomes more and more important in such a situation.
Problems with the Wi-Fi signal, which cannot 'finish off' in some specific areas in your apartment or at work, are probably familiar to you. This can be just annoying, or it can be extremely uncomfortable indeed. So here are some ways to fix the annoying problem.
Upgrade your router
The options available depend on the provider and the settings of the hardware you have installed. Some companies are more picky about their customers, and installing their own rather than third-party equipment is preferable. Therefore, you should check the available options by consulting the provider's website. Don't forget that they also depend on your location.
Often, providers offer lists of devices that support their services, which are also worth checking with. If you use the same router for a certain time, your provider can send you an upgrade for free. In the end, if you have a certain speed specified in your tariff, it is the provider's responsibility to do everything to provide you with the service at the stated level.
If there is nothing more to spend money on, you can buy a cooler router, like the one shown at CES D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, which will cost $ 300, but why such extremes – look better what you can do with an existing device. check its specifications.
It is also possible to replace the antenna, although many models that have appeared in the last couple of years simply do not have additional connectors to install their own antenna. But if your model allows this, check the documentation for the router – you may be able to amplify the signal or redirect it this way.
Moving the router
Perhaps, while these lines are being written, Captain Obvious is running somewhere nearby … and nevertheless, moving the router is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the signal in the house. Recall that a router emits a signal in all directions, so it would be ideal if it could hover somewhere in the middle of your apartment. Of course, this is impossible to arrange, but the closer the placement of the router to this option, the better.
Baby monitors, cordless phones and microwave ovens can also cause interference and interfere with the signal. To avoid this, you can check the documentation of your router and change the channel it uses. Many routers offer to choose which radio frequencies will be used, 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz. In the second case, you have more channels at your disposal, therefore, there is less possibility of interference, but the signal 'finishes off' not so far.
It will not be superfluous to remind you of the potential opportunity to update the router's firmware, if available. This can significantly improve the signal. Therefore, inquire about the availability of updates from the provider or equipment manufacturer – most often you can install them in just a few clicks.
Share Wi-Fi with your neighbors!
It sounds paradoxical, but suddenly your neighbors are not young people who recklessly use torrents, but old school people who just need to check their mail occasionally. In some cases, sharing the Internet with your neighbors is very convenient. This applies to situations like the inconvenient placement of your apartment, where the signal will better come from the neighbor's. However, this is something out of the ordinary and suggests a high degree of trust between neighbors.
It is very convenient, for example, when two neighboring private houses have two access points, they overlap each other, and knowing the passwords, the residents of both houses do not experience problems with 'dead zones'.
However, do not forget about security, because sharing the Internet does not mean sharing access to your files, so the security settings of your home network are more important than anywhere else. Let's hope there isn't a teenage hacker in your neighborhood.
A Wi-Fi signal booster is a great investment
In the case of amplifiers, there are two options. The first is the retransmission of the original signal over a greater distance with a loss of speed along the road. The second is a wired device that uses your home electrical network to transfer information from and to the router. The second way is preferable.
For those who prefer repeaters, any solutions are available for any amount, you can even find programs for old routers in the public domain. After installation, you have access to all the functionality, and then you should, as described above, try to avoid interference with other devices as much as possible.
When it comes to connecting to your home power grid, there are various hardware options available. Some devices provide a wired connection to the selected room, some create separate Wi-Fi hotspots. It's easy to explore the installation options available in your home. The configuration utilities you need will be included in the starter package. Pairing two devices connected to the mains usually boils down to pressing buttons on each of them.
A repeater is enough for a normal use case, but if you are interested in streaming HD video, then buy wired devices. And in this case, it is better to overpay for a good device from a trusted manufacturer, since such an investment with a guarantee will be long-term.