Before you decide to spend any money on a WiFi Extender it is always worth trying a few simple things first to try and get the most out of the wireless router you already have. I know that most people who are reading this have already thought about most of these, but just in case here are a few tips that can help with extending wifi range:
- The first and perhaps most important thing to think about is the location of your wireless router. Think about where most of the devices using the network are located and try to centralize it.
- Remember that WiFi is a lateral technology, which means that it was designed to transmit signal horizontally and not vertically so if you live in a 2-storey house don’t expect the signal to be great up stairs, though sometime you will still get away with it. If you need to transmit upstairs I’d recommend you get yourself one of these kits and an additional access point for upstairs.
- Change the channel that your router is transmitting on. In Canada and the United States, routers use channels 6, 11, and 1. You may have interference on one of the channels so try the others to see if it improves the situation.
- Make sure you have the latest firmware for your router. Sometimes updates can greatly increase your routers reliability.
If your router has a removable antenna, perhaps consider purchasing a high gain antenna such as this.