The most common reasons are that your internet wireless router is not located in a central place in your home or office or there’s something blocking the signal.
If you’re unable to move the router to better place, ideally somewhere in the middle of the property then you may need to boost the signal.
Think about wifi as a big invisible ball. The wireless router sends out its signal in all directions – up through the roof, down through the floor and out to the walls.
To get a good signal you need to be inside that ball and the closer you are to the edges, the weaker your signal becomes.
Different routers push out different signal strengths – anywhere from 10 to 25 metres, which is a big ball.
Things like concrete walls and stainless-steel kitchens, microwave ovens and cordless phones can also have a negative effect on signal.
If you have a large house that’s two or more stories high, then parts of your house will be outside that wifi ball.
The simplest way to remedy all these causes is to install signal boosters – we call them Access Points or Repeaters and there are a number of types.
They simply plug into the power supply, pick up the weakening signal and amplify it. You can have as many of these devices as you need. You can even plug a cable from one directly into your desktop PC.
One clever alternative is the Powerline Adapter. It uses your home’s electrical wiring network as an internet network.
They’re usually installed in pairs and both need to be on the same copper network.
If your house has had an extension which is on a separate wiring plan, then it won’t work – but there’s always a work around – just ask us.
If you’re experiencing problems with your wifi at home, get in contact with us today.