WiFi how to get a better signal

Firstly what is WiFi, it is a wireless networking technology that allows devices such as computers (laptops and desktops), mobile devices (smart phones and wearables), and other equipment (printers and video cameras) to interface with the Internet.

Your WiFi signal loses its intensity as your device gets further away from your modem, which can potentially impact the quality of your internet experience. Ideally the best way to connect your device to the internet is by a Ethernet cable from your computer to your modem, but this is not always possible.

So what can you do to ensure the best speeds and connection reliability?

Where you place your modem matters

The physical objects between your device (laptop, phone, tablet) and your modem can play a big part in the quality of your Wi-Fi signal. Some materials that can significantly reduce your Wi-Fi signal include: Thick walls – Brick, cement walls. Metal panels – Cupboard doors, mirrors, shelves. Appliances – Refrigerators, televisions, microwaves.

Tips on modem placement:

Try to place your modem in a raised and central area (never on the floor).
Avoid putting your modem behind the television or tucked away in a cupboard.
Connect fixed devices, like your television, directly to your modem with an Ethernet cable.
Keep in mind, the smaller the distance from the modem, the better the signal and faster the speed.

Choose the optimal Wi-Fi band

The Wi-Fi band you connect to can have a big effect on the strength of your signal. When connecting to your modem for the first time you may see two networks on your device:

These networks signify that your modem supports two Wi-Fi bands, which each operate on separate frequencies (2.4GHz and 5GHz).

When connecting to your Wi-Fi network, it’s best to choose the _5G network first, assuming your device recognises this as an option. Some newer modems will automatically select the best network for you. There are a handful of notable differences between each frequency:

– Reaches further into your home, Slower than 5GHz (this does not mean 5G), More susceptible to interference.

2.4GHz generally offers more range and coverage but at a lower speed. 2.4GHz signals are better at penetrating thick walls and objects.

5GHz – Doesn’t reach as far as 2.4GHz, Faster than 2.4GHz, Less susceptible to interference

The 5GHz band generally provides higher speeds than 2.4GHz but has less range and coverage. The 5GHz band is less prone to interference.

For more information on WiFi and modems you can contact

Wayne – Geek Monkey Computers Woolgoolga 0490 776 643