How to Boost a DSL Wireless Signal

By James Wright

Wireless Internet connections allow you to connect to the Internet in a variety of locations with greater convenience, without the need for cables and wires. They allow connections from laptops and desktop computers, as well as wireless devices, such as certain phones and PDAs. However, wireless signals can at times be unstable or unreliable. To avoid such issues, there are steps you can take to optimize your wireless performance and boost the signal over a greater distance.

Step 1

Move your wireless router to a high, unobstructed surface such as a tabletop or desk. Remove all obstacles from around the device, such as furniture, computer towers, hardware or other obstructions. If you have both a modem and a router, you will need to move whichever device transmits your wireless signal.

Step 2

Purchase a wireless repeater (or multiple repeaters for larger areas). Place this device between your wireless computer/device and the wireless router. The repeater receives the incoming wireless signal, then boosts it before sending it out again.

Step 3

Update your wireless router's firmware. Access your router's control panel using your web browser, then look for any option to update the firmware. To access the control panel, type in the address that corresponds to your router's model. For example, if you own a 2WIRE router, type "http://gateway.2wire.net," then press "Enter." Install updates, if any are available.

Step 4

Change your wireless channel to reduce interference. Access the wireless settings from the same control panel as in Step 3, then look for the "Wireless Channel" option. Select a different channel from the drop-down menu, which will appear as a list of numbers followed by "GHz." Save your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Step 3, the command varies according to your router's brand, so consult your user guide if necessary. If any updates are available, there will typically be a notice on the control panel's main page. Firmware updates often contain bug fixes and optimizations that can improve your signal.