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How To Solve Wifi Range Issues?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I want to use by phone’s wifi in the kitchen but I can’t get a signal. It gets really weak in some rooms and disappears in others. I don’t want to buy a new router just to increase wifi range. What should I do?” – April M., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: You know how it is. You’ve set up the Wifi router but the signal won’t reach some parts of the house. Wifi range issues like this can occur due to many different reasons. Here we will look at some problems concerning Wifi range.

Problem

The Wifi signal is too weak because of limited Wifi range.

Cause

Maybe you have too many devices connected to the router at the same time. This can happen if you have more than one laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc connected to the same router. Sometimes you might have many Wifi routers in the same area, all of them using the same standard 2.4Ghz frequency and causing problems due to congestion.

Solution

Here are some ways to fix Wifi range issues:

What Limits Wifi Range of A Wireless Router?

Where you place the Wifi router can make a huge difference. If it is surrounded by brick and concrete, then its range will decrease. The number of solid brick walls between you and the router can make a lot of difference in Wifi range.

Many things in your house can impact the Wifi signal. A household cordless phone, baby monitor, microwave oven, and some walkie talkie toys can also disrupt the 2.4 GHz frequency.

Using A Dual-band Router

A dual-band router operates at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This means that even if you’re living in an area where there are many active Wifi routers using the 2.4 GHz spectrum, you should be able to use the short range 5GHz band. Dual-band Wifi is supported by most modern devices released since 2010.

These dual-band routers have labels like N600, 802.11n, and MIMO (multiple input, multiple output). Dual-band gives you a good connection at close range even if the 2.4GHz spectrum is filled, but it does not solve the problem of Wifi range at a distance where 5GHz does not reach.

Look Into The Wifi Router’s Settings

To access the settings, you’ll need to enter 192.168.1.1 in your browser after connecting to the router through Wifi or ethernet cable. If this doesn’t work then look online or read the manual of the device. Once you’re in the settings, look for settings relating to signal strength and range.

Buy A Wifi Range Extender

You can buy a Wifi range extender from anywhere you want. They usually cost around $25 to $90. It is a simple device that can be plugged into any outlet. These devices are also easy to set up.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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