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Wi-Fi Expansion in Your Home

Posted on April 5, 2018, by Mimi's Audio & Video Installation Team in: Wi-Fi Expansion
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Wi-Fi Expansion

Internet access has become a home necessity, almost as much as having water and electricity. The problem of not getting internet access to every corner of your home is not uncommon. If these dead-zones in your home are beginning to drive you insane, don’t fret. Various things can be done to improve your Wi-Fi signal throughout your house.

Move your access point (AP) or router

Reposition your router to avoid obstructions and radio interference. This might seem like a simple solution to a technical problem, but it can make a significant difference. Brick/plaster walls, microwave ovens, and cordless phones are all familiar sources of interference. You can also consider changing the Wi-Fi channel number on your equipment. If possible, position your router somewhere towards the middle of your house, or as close as you can to the devices that are going to need it.

Upgrade the antenna
Wi-Fi antennas on most wireless base stations can be removed and replaced with more powerful ones. In many cases, Wi-Fi vendors almost always use cheaper antennas on their routers. You can buy antennas that are enhanced and give you better range and performance. Upgrading the antenna on your router or AP has been shown to expand Wi-Fi signal.

Add another AP or router
You can double your wireless coverage by installing an additional wireless router or AP in your home. When adding another router to your home, you have to connect each additional router back to your primary wireless router; this can be a little more complicated than other options.

Add a bi-directional Wi-Fi signal amplifier
A signal amplifier attaches to the router or AP where the antenna goes typically. A bi-directional signal amplifier is used to boost the Wi-Fi signal in both transmitting and receiving directions. The signal gets raised because Wi-Fi transmissions are two-way radio communications.

Wi-Fi connection issues can be incredibly frustrating and inconvenient. When these problems arise, the key is to stay calm and not throw your laptop out the window! Chances are one of those tips will work. If you are seeking professional help with Wi-Fi expansion or installation, Mimi’s Audio and Video in San Antonio is here to help! Call us today at (210) 289-4432 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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