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OPTIMIZE YOUR WI­FI

Ever wonder why the connectivity of your wireless router varies from one room to another? There are many things that can aff­ect the performance of your wireless system. The list below are things to consider when your Wi-Fi home network isn't performing at full strength:

                                      

OBSTACLES INTERFERING WITH THE "LINE OF SIGHT"

When your Wi-Fi router is placed in a location that is blocked by obstacles, its radio signal will be weakened. Plaster or brick walls tend to have the most negative impact. Cabinets or furniture will weaken the signal to some degree. Obstructions tend to reside closer to floor level; therefore, some folks prefer to install their wireless access point/router on or near the ceiling.

 

REFLECTIVE SURFACES

Some Wi-Fi signals bounce off­ of windows, mirrors, metal file cabinets and stainless steel countertops, lessening both network range and performance.

 

HOME APPLIANCES THAT SEND WIRELESS SIGNALS IN THE SAME FREQUENCY RANGE

Such appliances include some microwave ovens, cordless telephones, baby monitors, and home automation equipment. Appliances that transmit in the 2.4 GHz frequency range are most likely to generate Wi-Fi interference. If possible, assure that the wireless access point or router is at least 3 feet away from these types of appliances.

 

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Electric fans, small motors (heaters and vacuums) and fluorescent lighting generate interference that can weaken your Wi-Fi signal.

 

To position your wireless equipment for optimal network performance, experiment. Try placing the device in several diff­erent locations. Strive to install the wireless access point or router in a central location. While trial-and-error may not be the most scientific way to find a good spot for your equipment, it is often the only practical way to assure the best possible Wi-Fi performance.