Extending your home WiFi network coverage

WiFi has become an essential part of modern life. Required for our assortment of smart (and not so smart) devices to function correctly. We take it for granted that we can move around our homes using tablets, smart phones and always stay online without having to connect to a network cable.

But sometimes that convenience is lost when certain areas of our home have very weak or no WiFi signal at all.

Fortunately, there are a some very simple and effective solutions to help improve WiFi coverage.
 
smart home internet devices

 

Relocate WiFi Router

The easiest and often far more effective than might be expected is too simply move the WiFi router. Sometimes just moving the WiFi router a few centimetres can make a huge difference. If the router is near to other electrical equipment or right next to a wall moving try moving it to slightly different location, you might be surprised at the result.

Pros: Free, Easy to do
Cons: None
 

Software \ Firmware Updates

Manufacturers of hardware are constantly releasing software updates that fix known issues and help improve performance. This is true for WiFi equipment, so make sure your WiFi router has the latest software installed. The updates are freely available from the manufacturers website

Pros: Free – Also improves network security
Cons: Requires some technical knowledge – Can ‘brick’ hardware
 
 

Frequency and Channel

If you’re technical then changing the frequency and \ or channel of your WiFi could mean that your WiFi has less interference from other local WiFi networks and so boost range and performance. There are loads of Apps available that will quickly show all local networks and which frequency and channels are less cluttered.

Pros: Free
Cons: Requires some technical knowledge
 
 

WiFi Booster

If you’re prepared to pay, then a WiFi booster can be a great option. WiFi boosters (aka WiFi Repeater, Range Extender) can be purchased for as little as £15 and can make a real difference. Most boosters work by locating them, so they are in range of your existing WiFi network and at the same time close to the location where WiFi signal Is poor or none existent. The booster connects to your existing wireless network and then boosts the signal to the WiFi dead spot

Pros: Can greatly improve WiFi coverage
Cons: Have to purchase booster – Some basic technical knowledge required
 
Did you know the CyberShield Hub can easily be configured as a WiFi Booster!
 
 

HomePlug \ Powerline with WiFinetwork over power with wifi

Another device that can improve WiFi is network over power technology. Which uses the mains power lines in your home as a computer network. Simply plug a HomePlug or Powerline device into a mains socket near to your existing WiFi router. Connect the existing WiFi router to the HomePlug \ Powerline device with a network cable. A second HomePlug or Powerline with WiFi is then located where there is no WiFi ,voila, your existing WiFi network is extended using the power cables in your house.

Pros: Can greatly improve WiFi coverage
Cons: Interference on mains lines (often found in older homes) can reduce effectiveness
 
 

Turn off WiFi devices

If you have a WiFi enable device that doesn’t need WiFi to be on (e.g. a laptop that has a network cable) then turn it off. The fewer WiFi device the less ‘noise’ for other WiFi equipment improving overall performance.

Pros: Easy and Free
Cons: Not always practical
 

The human body can survive 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water but only 3 hours without wifi :-)