How to Better Pick Up Wireless Signal

Does your router's Wi-Fi signal fail to cover all rooms in the house well? Often the computer connection drops or you cannot establish a connection to the wireless network because the signal is too weak? The time has come for action. Take a few minutes of free time and find out how to better pick up wireless signal of the router following the directions I am about to give you. There is more than one thing you can do, some at no cost and others that require a small economic outlay.

How do you say? Are you afraid that the steps to be taken to be able to better pick up the wireless signal are too complicated for you? But no, you don't have to be alarmed! Contrary to appearances and beyond what you might think, capturing a better wireless signal is in fact an operation that can be carried out by everyone with a minimum of attention and concentration. To succeed "in the business" it is therefore not necessary to be an expert in new technologies and Internet connections, really.

So if you are actually interested in finding out how to better pick up the wireless signal, I suggest you take some free time and concentrate on reading this tutorial. Try to find the most suitable solution for your case and put it into practice, I'm sure that in the end you will be able to solve your connection problems in a much easier way than you imagine. What do you say, we bet?

Change the Location of the Router

Most likely it may seem trivial to you but the first piece of advice I would like to give you to try to allow you to better pick up the wireless signal is to change the position the router.

So, if you have not already done so, before venturing into reading the following lines and putting into practice the other solutions to try to better capture the wireless signal that I am about to propose to you, I suggest you try to place the modem in a different point of the home, preferably in the most central area, in order to reduce the maximum distance to travel when connecting from the most remote corners of your home.

When changing the location of the router also try to position it away from walls or other obstacles. Walls, floors and metal objects are indeed the most insidious enemies of wireless networks, take this into account.

Change the Wi-Fi Channel

If you have already changed the location of the router in your home but you still haven't been able to pick up a better wireless signal, another attempt you can make to try to improve the situation is to change the Wi-Fi channel used by the device to transmit the Internet signal. Often, in fact, on the default channel used by routers to emit the Wi-Fi signal there are interference caused by other electronic devices in the vicinity that can disturb and weaken the signal.

To solve this problem and set up an alternate channel for your wireless network, you need to access the router control panel by typing the address in the browser (for more info, read my guide on how to enter the router), enter the username and password combination required to access the page (usually it is admin / admin or admin / password) and find the section of the panel dedicated to configuring the wireless network.

Unfortunately I cannot give you very precise information as the menu structure varies from router to router so you have to be good at identifying the correct option, in any case try to look for the sections of the router panel with references to the wireless network or the WLAN . For example, on devices Netgear with interface Genie to access the correct section you must first press on the tab Advanced located at the top right, then you have to click on the item Installation located in the left sidebar and, to finish, you have to press on Wireless configuration.

Then locate the menu for selecting the Wi-Fi channel and set it to a value other than the default. I recommend the number 2 or the number 6 or the number 11 (the only ones that don't overlap with other channels) but you should try several to find the one with the least interference in your area.

Then save the changes made to the router configuration by clicking on the button Apply o Save and you should immediately notice an improvement in wireless signal coverage. After confirming the application of the changes made in some cases the router may restart automatically.

In the event that, despite having followed my instructions to the letter, I have not been able to identify the section of the management panel of your router through which to change the WiFi channel used, you can try to clear your mind by consulting the user manual usually attached to the sales package of the device. Surely you will be able to find all the relevant information!

If you do not have the paper modem user manual, I suggest you connect to the appropriate support and assistance section of the official website of your device manufacturer. There you will find all the manuals of all the devices sold and you will be clearly shown how to access the device management panel and make various other changes to its configuration. Below you will find a list of all major router manufacturers and their link to the support and assistance website.

  • Apple
  • Asus
  • D-Link
  • FRITZ! Box
  • Linksys
  • Netgear
  • Sitecom

Use Range Extenders or Powerline Adapters

If by changing the channel used by the router you have not been able to better pick up the wireless signal from your electronic devices, then it is probably worth buying a range extender and extend the range of the Internet signal to areas of the house that are not normally covered by it.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, range extenders are small devices that look very similar to ADSL routers that take the primary modem signal and "repeat" it. These are fairly inexpensive devices (they usually have prices between € 25,00 and € 40,00) and are very easy to use. You can buy them at any electronics store or online store, for example on Amazon.

To configure them, just connect them to the computer via ethernet cable or connect the network of the range extender network with the PC, open the browser and go to their internal control panel by typing the address o or the one indicated in the instruction manual. In the initial setup process, the range extender detects all available wireless networks nearby. Then put the check mark next to the connection name of your wireless router, click on the button to go ahead and complete the wizard by entering the selected network security key and following the on-screen instructions. It's that simple!

Within a few minutes, you will have the opportunity to connect to the Internet even in rooms that were not previously covered by the Wi-Fi signal using the connection configured in the range extender, which can have the same name as the connection of the primary router, a variant of it with the words EXT at the end or can be completely customized. If you want to know more, take a look at my buying guide on WiFi repeaters.