How To: Boost Your WiFi Speed & Signal Strength At Home

We want speed and lots of it! When it comes to our internet and cell phone signal, we want it fast and reliable. There’s simply no compromise on this, and it’s largely because of our lifestyles. We want to have fast internet because the entire household is full of people with different needs. Some people want to game, some want to browse, some want to shop, some want to stream. So our internet has to keep up with our demands and in fact, increasingly we are willing to pay more and more so the speed exceeds our needs. Our cell phone signal is just as important because we want to speak on the phone outside in the garden, relaxing in our hammock on the patio or never be too far from our friends while we are in the middle of a storm. So let’s look at how you can speed up your internet and improve your signal strength at home.

Move things out of the way!

It cannot be stated enough, that your router is not magic! If you put things in the way of it, it will dampen the speed. Somehow we have become accustomed to accepting the myth that the internet can just bend around everything and it will all be fine. So we put massive flower pots, vases and books on either side of the router. And then we complain when it cuts in and out or it has a very slow speed. You must be aware that your router is not magic, and it cannot give you the same performance you wish if it has to contend with things getting in the way of the antenna.

So, you should first, move things out of its way. Go to your router and then look at where the path to where the internet is heading. If you are upstairs in your room, consider moving the things that are on either side of your computer or laptop, out of the way. Then try to keep the opening of your living room free from clutter. So move your bookcases, sofas and tables out of the way and deeper into the room. This helps your TV to stream faster.

Positioning is everything

Now that we have established that your router really does need a helping hand, positioning is the next task. Where you place your router is just as important as what not to place in front of it. So if you can, try to place your route where it will provide good speeds to everyone in the home. This is not going to be on one side of the home, obviously. And yet, most of us have our router at one end, such as the foyer or the living room. This is going to strain the router.

So, the best thing to do is to place the router in a central location. This could be in the stairway or in the center of your open floor plan. If this means you need to place it on it’s own little side table, then that should not stop you. Do not place your router in a dark, dingy room, like the basement or the attic. It’s going to have to fight through walls, ceilings and furniture to get to your appliance.

Pointing works

Do you see those pointy things on the router? They’re for pointing! These are the antenna of the router, and they are made because it’s important to shoot the signal to your appliances directly. So if you have a router with an antenna, point them all in the directions of your appliances and technology. So, if you have 4 antennas, then point one to the TV, another to the kitchen, and the other two to the bedrooms if you have laptops and computers or TVs in those rooms too. In the end, your router will look like it has spider legs or something, pointing in all different directions. But trust us, it really does help.

A sneaky thief

You wouldn’t believe how tricky some people are. Your router could be being leeched off of, and you wouldn’t even notice it. If you have a home that is in a large neighborhood, the chances of your internet being stolen to some degree are high. So we recommend that you change your WiFi password frequently, perhaps once a month or twice a month. The thing is, you can set the password and click the ‘remember’ button or ‘automatically connect’ and your appliances will connect without problem. The thief will find that they will need to figure out the new password and sit in their room, with a sad face.

It’s highly recommended that you do not keep the password that comes with the router. Many companies will use a password for a batch of routers, and this can be easily hacked into by someone who does a little research to find this list.

Better signal

Cell phone signal is something that is always improving and yet, for some of us, the service is never great. Someone who lives in a major city and someone living in a rural area have something in common. Their signal is often weak and for no apparent reason. Cell phone towers in the rural parts of the country are not as frequent, but in the city, there are literally millions of people all wanting a signal, so it’s also low or unreliable.

Read weBoost’s guide to cell phone signal boosters, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to fix your signal issues. They have at-home boosters which can be fitted to make your signal very strong. For one thing, they fit an antenna outside your home, so your home acts like a lightning rod for the local cell phone tower. This allows you to also have long and clear conversations while outside in your garden, perfect for an evening chat with a friend during lockdown.

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Signal boosting tips

If you want to boost your signal for free, then here are some things you can do at home. Bear in mind these won’t massively boost your signal, but if you do them all, they will accumulate to making a decent difference.

  • Check that your phone is up to date with the latest software. Most of the time, the hardware in our phones is far more capable than how it is performing. Brands do this because they need to get the software right in order to hit peak performance. So go into settings and look for the update feature.
  • Check for phone damage. More often than not, damage to the outside can give your signs that your phone’s antenna might have been damaged. Or the structure is so warped that the hardware has been damaged internally.
  • Charge your battery to full. A low battery will cause the phone to go into a survival mode to give you as much time to use the phone as possible. But the signal will be weaker as there is less power being given to the hardware.

Just switch

Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and just make the switch. It’s hard to let go of an internet provider that has served you for so long, but companies do change. The ebbs and flows of companies are only felt by the customer later on down the line. If you have been experiencing bad service from your provider for a few weeks or months, chances are that it will continue. This might be because the company is cutting costs, changing hardware, it’s been taken over by new and sadly incompetent management, etc. there are a whole raft of reasons why you might be getting bad service but you can talk to them on the phone until you are blue in the face.

Sometimes you have to make the change. Big internet companies such as Virgin Media have really been exposed during the pandemic. It has not been the best at customer service either. The routers they supply aren’t as advanced anymore. Their super fiber optic is fast, but it’s also unreliable. It’s sad to say, but it’s time to change providers when your current contract runs out.

Quick Recap

So what have we learned…?

You can boost your WiFi easily at home, just by making a few simple changes.

  • Don’t block your router. Move things out of it’s way.
  • Place it somewhere where everyone using an appliance that needs the internet, gets a fair crack of the whip.
  • Change your password to avoid leeches that steal your internet.
  • Point the antennas the right way! Switch provider if things don’t improve.
  • Use a signal booster if you want clear and reliable phone calls at home. Many of us don’t even have a landline anymore, so this is something you will want nowadays.
  • The company can fit an antenna outside your home for better signal for your evening calls outside on the patio.
  • But always keep your phone fully charged and updated with the latest software coding.

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