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Tip of the Week: Router Placement for Best Wi-Fi Signal

Tip of the Week: Router Placement for Best Wi-Fi Signal

For any organization that depends on its wireless network, your router is a critical piece of hardware that does more than you may realize. From broadcasting wireless Internet signals to protecting your network from harm, knowing exactly what to do with your router is good knowledge to have. Today, we’ll go through some of the things you should know about your router that will allow you to improve your organization's Wi-Fi significantly.

The Router’s Function

The router has one main function: to take the hard-wired Internet connection that comes in from the modem and broadcast it wirelessly. This seems simple enough, but there are some variables you need to consider to give your hardware the chance to work optimally. Here are a few:

Optimize Your Router Placement

Efficient coverage in a building hinges on strategic router placement. Placing your router at one end or the other creates unnecessary obstacles. Since router signals radiate outward, situating it at either end can necessitate penetrating more walls to reach devices on the opposite side. Additionally, half of the signal is wasted in areas with no usage. Centralizing your router ensures a uniform distribution throughout the space you need to broadcast the signal.

Reduce Signal Obstacles

The path to your devices should be obstacle-free for optimal signal strength. Avoid confining your router to enclosed spaces, despite your want to keep them out of sightlines, as this can weaken the signal. Additionally, be mindful of other electronic devices, as they can emit interference that disrupts Wi-Fi signals. Keeping your router clear of such devices helps maintain signal integrity.

Alter Antenna Positioning

Customizing the positioning of your router's antennas can enhance signal reach. Vertical antenna alignment is ideal for coverage limited to the router's floor. However, for multi-floor coverage, angling the antennas slightly, approximately 30 degrees, can improve signal propagation. Adjusting antenna positions according to your coverage needs maximizes Wi-Fi efficiency.

Your business depends on a robust wireless signal, and following these steps can help make that a reality. Return to our blog soon for more great tips and tricks. 

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