How to Improve Signal Strength on a Wireless Network

By Techwalla Internet Editor

The success of a wireless network depends on the signal strength. A strong signal is required so all networking devices can communicate with each other. A weak signal causes low bandwidth preventing communication between hosts and causing network disruption. Read on to learn how to improve signal strength on a wireless network.

Step 1

Pay attention to router placement. It should be away from walls, floor, and glass and metal objects, all of which disturb wireless signals. If possible, place the router in a central location.

Step 2

Use other appliances such as cordless and mobile phones, baby monitors and microwaves functioning at frequencies 900 MHz or 5.8 GHz. Most wireless gadgets operate at 2.4GHz, the frequency that 802.11x also uses, adding noise to the wireless signal. As a result devices in a wireless network are unable to catch the signal. This problem can easily be taken care of by using other devices at frequencies different from 2.4GHz.

Step 3

Change your router's standard antenna to use a high-gain antenna that sends signals in one direction. This way signals can be focused in the required direction. Standard antennae send signals in all the directions, which may not be desirable especially if the router needs to be placed next to a wall.

Step 4

Use a wireless repeater, the device that enhances range of a wireless network.

Step 5

Change the channel on which the router is functioning. Similar to radio stations, routers function on different channels one of which may give better performance than the other.

Step 6

Ensure the network card installed in the hosts is capable of receiving and sending signals to the router. In this respect, using equipment from one manufacturer is better.

Step 7

Check the vendor's site regularly for latest updates, performance enhancing tips and fixes.