Get the best out of your wi-fi access point and router by choosing the right place in your home.
The best place may not always be convenient for you, so it may need some extra cabling between your ISP’s modem and your wi-fi router. But even the best router on the market will not perform well if you place it in the wrong spot. Consider these tips to get the best coverage and stable wi-fi connections:
Place your wi-fi access point or router in a central location in the middle of your home rather than at one end. Solid surfaces slow down wi-fi speeds and a central location reduces the number of walls it has to go through. The thicker the wall, the harder it is for the wi-fi signal to pass through. Hiding away the router in a corner may not be a good choice.
Don’t put it on the floor. Try and position it on a shelf, cupboard or table. Do not put it in a cupboard or closet, which will reduce the wi-fi signal speed and distance. 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. Compare the signal performance with a light bulb. Mounting the light on the ceiling shines better.
Keep your wi-fi access point or router away from material that can reflect the signal and dispersing it: metal objects like a TV, mirrors and glassware. Water can absorb the wi-fi signal, so it reduces the travel distance of the signal. Also micro-waves may interfere with the wi-fi signal.
Finally, test your wi-fi signal before you settle with the location of your access point or router. Connect as many devices as possible from the different and the most used locations in your home. Use streaming services to see if your signal is stable. If you have portable devices, like tablets and smartphones, walk around your home to detect the ‘weak’ spots. The position of the antenna(s) or the position of the router itself (if no external antenna is available) will also influence the performance.
Works well with Windows XP and 7 clients and iOS and Blackberry. Connectivity issues may occur with some Android versions. USB device control is not very flexible. Supports three simultaneous networks, including a guest network.
The D-Link DIR-600 Wireless N Gigabit Home Router is good value for money and works fine with PCs and MacBooks. This basic router can be added to your cable modem to provide better wireless performance.
The D-Link DIR-600 Ethernet Broadband Router device offers:
an Internet sharing through Network Address Translation (NAT),
a Firewall, with optional DMZ,
a DHCP Server for automatic IP Address alocation,
a Print Server over IP for a parallel attached printer,
a 10/100 Base-T switch for up to four LAN connections,
Support for WPA™ and WPA2™ for wireless security,
Configuration management through a web interface. The default address of the router is http://192.168.0.1 (factory setting)
The Netgear WPN802v2 is a powerful Wireless Access Point based on RangeMax Technology, supporting Centrino®, 802.11b, 802.11g and SuperG (108 Mbit/s). Works well in combination with the Thomson SpeedTouch 510 and Philips ADSL modem/router PSTN Blue/Brown and the Belgacom b-box/b-box2.
The default adress of the Access Point is http://192.168.0.231 (factory setting).
Works fine with Windows XP, Vista Home Premium and Windows 7.
Supports the WPA wireless clients authentication and encryption methods.
The ideal companion to extend your indoor wi-fi reach.