Moving your router won't make your Internet connection faster, but it should make it more reliable and stable – which can be important when it comes to streaming, video calling or online gaming.
Below are six simple steps to help improve your wireless Internet signal:
1 - Find a central location
Wireless broadband routers transmit from all directions in a circle. This means the more centrally you can place it, the better your overall coverage will be. Putting your router near a window means that you're broadcasting outside as well as inside, and sending some of your strongest broadband connection – quite literally – out the window.
2 - Avoid the kitchen
Aside from the risk of spilling something sticky onto your router, it's not advised to place it anywhere in your kitchen. As routers use radio signals to operate, electronic appliances and large metal surfaces can absorb and disrupt your signal – microwaves in particular use the same 2.4Ghz channel as Wi-Fi routers, so will actively compete with your wireless signal when used.
3 - Avoid walls
Thick walls make it harder for your home or business internet to be passed from room to room, as walls absorb wireless signal and will reduce the quality of your broadband. Try to place it near open doorways (somewhere with a lot of footfall like your front room or main office area for example), as this will allow your broadband signal unobstructed passage to the rest of your home or premises.
4 - Don't put it on the floor
Try and position it on a shelf or table. Wi-Fi signals go down as well as up, so if you put it on the floor, a proportion of the signal will go through the floorboards.
5 - Avoid mirrors, windows and fish tanks
It sounds strange, but water can absorb the Wi-Fi signal, reducing the distance it can travel. Placing it near a mirror will also cause the wireless radio waves to reflect, which can have a negative impact on performance by scattering and distorting the signal. It's not just mirrors, either. Be wary of stainless steel countertops, filing cabinets, or any other flat, reflective surfaces.
6 - Avoid electronic items
Be aware of the effect of common electronic items within the home or office when setting up your broadband. Cordless phones, baby monitors, televisions, alarms and other devices that use radio signals to communicate are especially problematic, as these devices will crowd the channel and compete with your broadband connection.