The internet today is one of the most precious commodities found in our home. In fact, most of the houses in America already have access to the internet and cyberspace. Even family members and home visitors are constantly looking for internet connection within the house during their stay.
One of the famous internet connectivity in the house is the use of Wifi connection. This is a type of technology that uses radio waves to create an internet connection in a particular place. However, using the Wifi has its own limit in terms of the area coverage which means there is only a particular area or hotspot where the connectivity is strong.
This is something that will work for almost everyone. It’s like one of the most effective resort available. A wireless repeater is a small plug-in device that catches your existing WiFi signal and spreads it further. So, what you need to do is place the router in, say, the living room, and the repeater in the room till where you get the signal. This will ensure that no dead zones remain. The best part is that repeaters are very easy to set up and the name and password of the WiFi are the same as the primary router and you can seamlessly move from one room to another without worrying about connectivity.
Wireless Bridging is another option available for wifi owners. What you can do is try to use the Wireless Bridging feature where it creates a bridge between two routers. So yeah, you will need to shell out extra money for a new router. But once the setup is done, you can put the two routers in two different locations of your home and use the WiFi in peace. However, you need to make sure that both the routers support the Wireless Bridging protocol and that you have technical help ready in case you are not that router-savvy. The drawback to this otherwise fool-proof solution is that the concept of Wireless Bridging has not yet made its way into India on a large scale. I realized this when I tried to set up this feature in my house and my broadband support guys had no clue what I was talking about. Still, if you wanna go for it, then Netgear routers are the best for the purpose. If you prefer D-Link, then only the D-Link DSL 2750U model supports this feature.
I know I will receive a lot of flak. You are asking me how to ensure that your whole house gets the WiFi network and all I suggest is position your router well? I get it. But many times, just changing the room in which you have the router can make all the difference. I know a lot of people who have spent a fortune buying a new router and then realizing that it doesn’t make one bit of a difference. As is obvious, generally speaking, the router has to be placed somewhere in the middle of your house. Specifically speaking, if you have a long corridor and rooms lined up along the corridor, then investing in a stand for the router in the middle of the corridor makes sense. Also, you should try to place in such a way that the least number of walls come in between your router and the other rooms.
Check that the firmware of your router is the latest one. You can do this through a simple Google search. Type in your model number and search for the latest firmware version. Then log in to your router and check the version that you have. In case it needs updating, do it using the firmware update option that’s there on most router pages.
This is probably the last option that you can do. But before making that investment in a new router, here’s what you need to know. You need to check the wireless standard that your present router uses. This will be printed on the box or you can do a simple Google search too. There are different wireless standards offering different speeds. Without getting into the technical specifications, let me just say this. If your router is using the 802.11/802.11a/802.11b/802.11g wireless standard, then you might get some reprieve by changing your router too, say, one that uses 802.11n or 802.11ac, which provide higher speed and reliability. There is no point in changing your router if it uses the latter as they are the best wireless standards.
We all have the need to have a strong internet connection in our home. Moreover, the need to extend the coverage of our wifi connection is equally important as it provides us convenience when doing online activities. It is ideal when you do not have to go to a specific location to have a strong wifi connection in any part of our house.