How to Increase WiFi Signal Strength?
One Google search is enough to find dozens of tips and tricks how to increase WiFi signal strength
. Some are nonsensical, some give questionable results, and some are legitimate. Most of them, however, have something to do with either router placement or router configuration.
Where you place your router matters a lot, as any WiFi signal meter app, such as NetSpot, can reveal. You want to give your router some space to breathe. Don’t place it too close to walls or other large obstacles.
Consider the area you want to cover with a WiFi signal and place the router as close to the center of the area as possible for even signal distribution. If your signal is still weak, consider placing the router somewhere higher, such as on a shelf. Use NetSpot or another similar WiFi signal strength meter app to measure whether you’ve picked a good spot.
Once you’re satisfied with the placement of your router, it’s time to fire up the admin user interface and change a few settings. Start with security settings
. Pick a strong password and use WPA2 encryption to protect yourself against hackers
and people looking for free WiFi access.
Then, open NetSpot or other WiFi signal strength app and see which channel other wireless networks in your area use. To avoid interference, you want to configure your router to use the least cluttered channel. Luckily, this is as easy as changing one setting. Use NetSpot or another app to verify the effect of the changed settings on your signal strength.