6 things that can stop or cut your Wi-Fi signal!

  • Friday 26th February 2016
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Check other devices that are around the access point is the first step for a diagnosis.

Even after hours configuring your modem to use a wireless network, but the signal still is not in accordance with expectations. The problem may be factors external to the device and you may not be aware until now.

Here are a few things that may be disturbing signal flow to your Wi-Fi network:

1. Devices with the same frequency

The wireless modems operate in the 2.4 GHz frequency, but this band is not unique to this type of device. cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, remote control toys and other devices that are wireless, can disrupt Wi-Fi signal when used at the same time and near the modem. To resolve the issue, the ideal is to get these devices removed, preventing a signal interfering with another. Among cordless phones, seek those based on DECT 6.0 technology, operating in 1.9 Ghz frequency, and not interfere with Wi-Fi.

2. Tangled Nets

Many nearby wireless networks, such as business or residential buildings, for example, may also be a risk factor, since the channel chosen for its network is congested. The 2.4 GHz frequency is generally divided into 11 channels, but only three can operate simultaneously without overlapping the other, are the channels 1, 6 and 11. Usually the routers come automatically configured to act on channel 6. There are market programs and applications that check the channels used by Wi-Fi networks in a given area. You can find out the channel and the intensity of each network and see which is the least congested path so you can configure your network.

3. Bluetooth

The Bluetooth devices also operate in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. The latest handsets are built to avoid active Wi-Fi channels, but older don’t have the same configuration. So check keyboards, mice and wireless headphones.

4. Obstacles

Many people say that the more walls in a room, the lower the Wi-Fi signal. This is not a myth. The router signal loses strength as they meets obstacles like walls, people or furniture, since they act as radio waves. The ideal is to find a central point within the company to install the equipment, or install signal hitters that help relay the original router signal.

5. Electrical Issues

If you live or work in an area whose grid is unstable, it is appropriate to place your access point protected by UPS or stabilizer. The power surge instantly affect the Wi-Fi signal. Another issue is the plugs and sockets adapters that are used. Make sure they are of good quality and are consistent with the safety standards of your country.

6. Signal Security

As always we talk about security, keep yourself protected. Use difficult passwords, use encrypted information, could prevent outsiders from finding your network, change passwords periodically. Finally, decrease the possibility of smart people wanting to share your signal, as well as hackers wanting to test their skills in your network. After having gone through these stages, it becomes easier to diagnose what are the possible reasons for bad signal in the Wi-Fi network. Clean the office and rearrange devices, restart the router or even in extreme cases, restore the router to factory settings and reconfigure.

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