WiFi Signal Strength To Reach Everywhere
Six feet. That was all that it took to change the signal strength in the house I was visiting. It was a two story home, and the people struggled to connect devices in the upstairs bedrooms to the WiFi. When they could connect, the signal was so weak that watching a video was like seeing a slideshow roll by.
It turns out the router was on the floor on the other side of a couch, and for whatever reason (perhaps the couch had a metal frame, or springs inside) it was weakening the signal. We knew this because we were able to use a WiFi strength app to measure how the network changed as we moved the router from place to place. Moving the router six feet to the other side of the couch onto the end table changed everything — we could see that the signal strength upstairs was strong at every point we wanted to connect. We didn’t need to buy a bunch of hardware or new devices. We just needed to know what the signal looked like as we moved things around.
Every company today needs access to the Internet to connect with its customers and vendors. Every home uses the WiFi to access the Internet — and at some point, every place will start having problems. For people who are having issues with their WiFi signal, there are three things they need to do:
- Update their current tools and devices
- Understand the WiFi signal against the location in question
- Test out different configurations
As with any problem, knowledge is power. The more we can understand the network as it is now, the more powerful we can make it.