How to Increase Signal Strength for Wireless Internet

By Techwalla Computers Editor

With advancements in computer technology, it's easier than ever to get the most out of your computer's and wireless Internet. Online gaming, video streaming and access to your favorite music through the Internet are all advancing through technology, making it more important to update your home equipment and provide it with the necessary tools for optimal performance.

Step 1

Replace old omnidirectional router antennas with high-gain directional antennas. Simply unscrew the old ones and replace with the new ones, then point the antennas toward the computer to increase the signal strength. This is an affordable, easy way to gain a better wireless signal without investing a lot of time or money.

Step 2

Add a Wireless-G range expander. Simply place the device in a location within range of the wireless router, plug it in and push the button. The expander automatically configures itself to the wireless network and relays the signal to wireless devices, even those that are hard to reach.

Step 3

Use a wireless USB adapter with external antenna when signal becomes poor. These are great for use with laptops, since signal strength varies from location to location. They also come in handy when connecting to wireless high-speed Internet in hotels.

Step 4

Upgrade the existing router to a new Wireless-N router. Obtaining the newest technology ensures that you will receive the best signal possible so that you can make the most of your wireless Internet.

Step 5

Switch to a 5 GHz band when streaming HD movies and other media over the Internet by using a Dual Band Router. Since other devices, such as phones and microwaves, use the 2.4 GHz band, there will be less interference. Models with QoS engines also prioritize certain online traffic, such as Internet phone calls and gaming, to provide peak performance.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using a Dual Band Router, other products such as Dual Band USB adapters may be required.