Wi-Fi Router Placement: Steer Clear of These 6 Spots

Poor Wi-Fi placement may ruin your work day or your gaming experience. Know the 6 not to go to places for your router to enjoy the best and fastest signal.

For maximum performance and coverage, you should know where the Wi-Fi router is essential. A robust and dependable internet connection across your house or workplace may be achieved by avoiding these 6 typical areas.

You have to make sure that your router is placed away from locations that are close to mechanical or electromechanical obstructions that scatter the Wi-Fi waves.

I-Avoid Thick Walls and Windows

– Placing the router near concrete walls may hinder the signal.

– Water pipes that run through thick walls will obstruct the Wi-Fi waves.

– You need to place your router away from windows or any glass obstacles, as the latter reflects the signal.

– Surprising right? I know we all used to think that putting the router near a window is the best placement for optimal signal.

II-Avoid Corners

– Let’s admit it, most of us tend to place the router in a corner of the house to keep it away from children or because it is closer to the network socket.

– Sometimes we tend to place the router at the first point where the network arrives, regardless it is a DSL cable or optical fiber. Thinking that this will allow us to connect additional wires such as Ethernet cables.

– Such placement might offer you a practical internet source, but unfortunately, this is not the best location for the router.

– It is because routers are designed to transmit signals in all directions, yet if placed in a corner that part of the waves will remain blocked and unused.

– You should also avoid placing the router in the basement, as it will cause some connectivity issues due to the thick flooring.

– If your router is placed in a corner or the basement, you will never have a fast and stable internet connection.

III-Keep Your Wi-Fi Router Off the Floor

– Don’t place the router on the floor, as furniture and walls might become an obstacle.

– Make sure to place the router in a high place as signals spread downwards.

– A convenient location would be on a shelf to allow more exposure.

IV-Isolate from Electrical Appliances

– Don’t place your Wi-Fi router near other electrical appliances if you want an optimal signal.

– You should know that any electrical device such as a TV, or microwave might destabilize the network signals.

– Avoid placing the router in the kitchen, especially not near the microwave, due to the strong frequency it emits.

V-Avoid Inside Locked Furniture

– Let’s admit it router looks ugly, and it might ruin the aesthetic of the entire room, but you should not put it inside locked furniture.

– The signal after closing the furniture’s door will be decreased to half of its potential, especially if that piece of furniture is made of metal because it can absorb the Wi-Fi waves.

VI-Keep Your Router Dry

– You should not place the router near sources of water, whether indirect like radiators or indirect like aquariums, to avoid electrical shorts and possible damage to your router.

– Water can absorb or reflect wireless signals, which will decrease the network coverage across your space.

Ideal Placement for Your Router.

– You should first locate the central area in your home which will distribute Wi-Fi signals across your home evenly.

– Second, you should consider elevating the router on a shelf.

– Stay clear from all sorts of physical obstacles like furniture and walls.

– Consider moving away from any electrical appliances to minimize signal interference.

– Lastly, make sure to adjust the Wi-Fi antenna to an angle that optimizes the connectivity.

Following these instructions will grant you enhanced signal strength, wider coverage, and a smooth work-from-home day.

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