How to Find the Best Location for Your Wireless Router

A wireless router uses WI-FI technology to send and receive signals that allows your computers to communicate with one another and go online without having to run wires and cables. It gives you the freedom and convenience of mobility. Learn where to find the right spot that would allow you the best or widest coverage.

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Work from any room with a wireless connection.
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Know the nature and characteristics of the wireless router technology. Wi-Fi is currently the fastest wireless technology which can transmit through walls and floors at speeds of up to 11 Mbps. Its actual range and speed can vary depending on the size and number of the physical barriers within the network or any interference to the radio transmission.

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Position the wireless router away from other radio equipment that operates at a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) such as cordless phones, remote control receivers for R/C hobbyist, wireless cameras and microwave ovens which are also considered to be electromagnetic devices.

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Know that multiple floors and walls will reduce the signal strength of Wi-Fi equipment.

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Know that metal framing, ultraviolet-resistant window film and even metallic paint also reduce radio signal strength.

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Rotate your wireless router to obtain the highest possible free space and adjust the antennas on the router and on the adapters to obtain the best radio signal strength.

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Place your wireless router on a spot that is higher than the computers.

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Place the router so that radio signals to the computers will not be obstructed by large masonry structures such as walls and fireplaces.

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Position the wireless equipment away from other electromagnetic devices, such as televisions, radios, cordless telephones and microwave ovens

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Keep the wireless router away from large metallic objects, such as computer cases, display monitors and appliances.

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Position the base station, gateway, or router in a central location within the area to be used for wireless communications.

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Place the wireless a router in a direct line of sight to the wireless adapters for best performance.