Increase the range of your wireless network

We show you how

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Introduction

It's great to have a wireless network at home, but it's often the case that you don't always have a good signal in every room of your house. Hardware.Info came up with a number of solutions based on real-life situations.


Since no one likes have ethernet cables criss-crossing your home, having good wireless coverage is a must. Getting good coverage is not always a given, however, as there almost always a room or corner in your house where you barely get any signal. There are various reasons for this. Hardware.Info set out to find the best ways to address this problem.

Obstacles

Wireless networks are actually quite vulnerable. They are sensitive to a number of disruptive sources. Solid concrete walls or ceilings are the biggest culprits that can cause a major drop in signal strength. Particularly newly built apartment buildings and houses tend to have this problem. Sometimes walls and ceilings are so thick that you barely get any signal on the floors above. 

Another reason is the omnipresence of wireless networks in this day and age. The wireless signal of one household doesn't magically stop at the property boundaries, and floods the adjacent buildings as well. While it can be nice to 'borrow' your neighbor's unprotected network, all of these signals can cause interference which can lead to weaker wireless reception in your own home.


A wireless signals loses strength the further away you are and the more obstacles are in the way. (Photo: ZyXEL) 

There are ways to remedy this problem, fortunately. A number of different products have their own approach on strengthening and maintaining a wireless signal, and in this article we will discuss each one. Several of them we tested in real-life scenarios to find out how effective they are.


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