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Can you hear me now? And now?
Is there anyone there?
Making a successful WhatsApp video call or Zoom call with terrible WiFi signal can quickly start to feel like a session.
Add an older participant who doesn’t understand the optimal face at camera distance, and you yourself have a recipe for disaster.
We cannot help you with a ball who insists on a close-up of their nostrils but we can help you improve your home WiFi signal.
A stronger signal equals faster internet speed, so let’s not be kidding.
Industry leaders RSAWEB have listed their best for improving the WiFi signal, starting with where you place the modem:
- Place your router in a central position in your house, in a place where you use the Internet the most is better.
- Make sure your router is not enclosed in a cabinet, closet, or shelf as this will weaken the WiFi radio signals it transmits.
- The more walls or furniture the WiFi signal has to pass through, the weaker it will be and the slower your speed will be.
- All materials reflect the WiFi signals emitted by your router, BUT some materials absorb some of it. Concrete absorbs a noticeable part of your WiFi signals, so avoid mounting your router on your wall.
- Just like with concrete walls; Keep your router away from plants, trees, aquariums, fish jars, and water tanks as they also absorb WiFi radio signals instead of reflecting them.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re using the best channel for your router.
I know it sounds complicated but it’s actually relatively simple
Signal interference is a common cause of poor Wi-Fi performance in your home. Most home WiFi networks use a narrow 2.4 GHz radio frequency range for transmitting the radio signal, and the channel used by your router may be congested.
Before considering making a speed test To determine which channel is best for you, make sure you only have one device connected to WiFi.
Then follow these steps:
- Log into your router’s interface through your web browser, typically by typing 192.168.1.1 into your browser.
- Go to WiFi settings, find the WiFi Channel option and choose your new WiFi channel.
- Change the WiFi channel in your router’s settings as follows: – If 6, go to 11
– If 11, go to 6
– If Auto, go to 11 or 1
Switch between these, run a speed test on each setting, and choose the one that provides the best results.
You can also watch this video to learn more about how to change your wireless channel.
There are also a number of other factors to consider:
- The condition of the internal wiring and telephone jacks in your home (if you have DSL Internet access) may affect the strength of the signal produced by your router.
- The distance between your router and your device will affect the strength of the signal it emits. This is why we recommended above that you place it in a central position in your home.
- The number of devices connected to your network can affect your signal strength – the more devices connected, the slower your internet speed will be.
Even if you take all of the above into account, it won’t help you if you have a lower quality internet provider.
Go with someone who has a proven track record, like RSAWEB which was recently named MyBroadband’s Best ISP, and you know you’ll have speeds you can depend on.
There is also the added benefit of on-site assistance in the event of a problem.