Wi-Fi Router Positioning Mistakes: 6 Places to Skip

You often experience subpar Wi-Fi signal strength and sluggish internet speeds without realizing that an improperly placed router can be the cause of that!

The way you position your router can sometimes hinder the efficient diffusion of Wi-Fi waves, and depending on the nature of those obstacles, the waves might become weakened or dispersed.

Let’s explore the areas that you must avoid when trying to position your router. This will guarantee optimal Wi-Fi signal quality and a much better internet browsing experience.

I-Avoid Thick Walls And Windows:

– First things first, don’t place your router near or against thick concrete walls

– Concrete walls can weaken and impede Wi-Fi waves due to their obstructive properties

– Water pipes within those walls can make things even worse and disrupt the Wi-Fi signal

– Similarly, windows and glass obstacles can reflect or sometimes block a significant portion of the signal

– Also, do not place the router by the window, thinking it enhances the reception of exterior signals

II-Avoid Corners As Wi-Fi Router Placement:

– Placing the Wi-Fi router within the corners of your living spaces may stem from considerations such as keeping it out of reach or fitting it alongside furniture

– Similarly, a common impulse is to situate the router directly at the point where the internet connection enters the premises, whether that’s through a DSL cable port or an ONT (optical fiber) termination

– This location may be convenient for connecting additional wires such as RJ45 Ethernet cables it is important to note that routers emit signals in all directions

– This means that positioning the router in a corner will certainly result in signal obstruction or loss, thereby diminishing its efficacy

– Placing the router in the basement also poses a connectivity challenge as thick floors separate it from the ground level

– If you’ve been alerted to these size limitations, it’s prudent to manage expectations regarding signal quality in these areas

III-Elevation, Not Floor Placement:

– People tend to place their Wi-Fi routers directly on the floor on in proximity to low pieces of furniture

– The best place to put your router entails providing it with appropriate elevation using stable supports

– Note that routers emit signals downward and necessitate a higher positioning to ensure effective signal dispersion

– Do install the router on shelves or securely affix it to the wall in strategically beneficial locations

If you adopt this approach, you effectively minimize potential obstructions and create an environment conducive to the proper propagation of Wi-Fi waves

IV-Avoid Placing It Next To Another Electrical Appliance:

– Like other locations that we’ve mentioned, electrical appliances such as televisions, video game consoles, and computers are another place in which you must not place your Wi-Fi router

– Why should these devices be avoided, you might ask? Because they interfere with the signal sent by the router

– Note that one type of electronic device you really should avoid is the microwave

– In fact, it emits a strong signal in the 2.4 GHz frequency band which is generally that of your own router

V-Do Not Place In Furniture:

– Indeed, the router doesn’t always look good in the home, but it is strongly recommended not to hide it in a piece of furniture

– If you lock a Wi-Fi router inside a piece of furniture and then lock the doors, the signal can be halved and this will create obstacles to its propagation

– As a result, the broadcast signal can’t get out properly and will be too weak to achieve a satisfactory connection, especially when the cabinet or door is made of metal

– Metal has the particularity of absorbing radio waves and a Wi-Fi signal and that leads to poor Wi-Fi signal and internet browsing

VI-Avoid Placing Your Router Next To A Water Source:

– Here is an additional that is no less important than the previous ones, do avoid water sources such as pipes, refrigerators, radiators, aquariums, and the like

– Water interferes with signal transmission, either by breaking or scattering the signal and preventing access to your devices

– Don’t be surprised if we told you that large leafy plants at home can also lead to signal disruption. The more the leaves are watered, or the wetter and dewier the leaves, the greater the real obstacle.

SOLUTION: Where is it advisable to install a Wi-Fi router at home?

– Unfortunately, when we install our electrical appliances at home, we rarely look at the manual, however, there are some very important tips (and the same is true when you set up a Wi-Fi router).

– When we encounter connection problems, we (wrongly) think that the problem lies with the device… Then we waste our time calling technical support to fix the problem when we can often have the solution in our hands just by determining the wrong situation (which in this case is linked to the device’s incorrect location).

– In short, if you place the Wi-Fi router in the right place, there are no connection problems, so browsing is fast and fluid.

– So as not to have to read a lot of pages, the best possible place is in the middle of the house at a table of medium height.

– This will shield it from all known obstructions (walls, corners, various obstacles) and from electromagnetic interference caused by the devices mentioned above, as well as the ground effect…

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Published by
Jack Newman