4 Ways to extend your Wi-Fi range
Experiencing slow internet speed can be excruciation, especially during the pandemic when most people work from home. Thus, it is crucial to have a fast and stable internet connection. But before we complain about our internet provider or connection, the best thing you can do is double-check your actual download and upload speeds.
Go to our Speed Test page and click the "Start" button. Use the tool to test your internet speeds several times to get your internet speed information. But, of course, if you have a fast and stable internet speed, you don't need to do anything about that.
In contrast, if your internet speed is way lower than what you have signed up for your monthly plan, you may suffer from low internet speeds, and one of the most common cause could be poor or weak Wi-Fi signals.
Factors that affect your Wi-Fi range
Wi-Fi Signal Range
Without any doubt, there are various Wi-Fi routers on the market. So naturally, the more powerful Wi-Fi router is the more range they have. But keep in mind that the router's brand and price are not the factors that affect the internet speed. As mentioned previously in this article, many factors can affect the Wi-Fi signal.
However, there are a few ways to fix the problem of weak Wi-Fi signals. Here are the four ways to extend your Wi-Fi signal:
"Please reboot your devices.” This is the most common thing that people hear from any IT team. Just one simple action (switch the device on and off) can sometimes help you improve the Wi-Fi speed.
If you have no idea how to reboot your device, please see instructions here. And remember rebooting your device can sometimes fix network issues as well. Next time when you experience slow internet speeds, unplug the router and modem first.
2. The right location for your router
As we mentioned earlier in the article, certain obstacles can block Wi-Fi signals and cause a slower internet speeds. So, placing the router in a room with large materials like glass, drywall, shelf, or stone, is a property, not a good idea because it has potential to weaken the signal. Since the router sends out the signal in all directions, it is best to place your router in the house’s central location to optimize the signal.
3. Switch the router frequencies
The newest router allows you to switch between 2.4 GHz to 5GHZ. The main difference between these two is: 2.4 GHZ gives you longer and broader coverage which means the signal can "travel" further than 5GHZ. In contrast, 5GHZ provides faster speeds but with less range coverage.
If you live in a small area, then switching to 5GHZ may provide a better internet speed. But keep in mind that some older devices may not support the 5GHZ connection.
4. Change your Internet package/plan
If none of the above methods work, you can consider changing the internet package. CanNet provides affordable internet packages for everyone. For 75Mbps, high-speed internet we only charge $29.98/month.