Looking to set up internet for your new home? Your Wi-Fi router should be placed as close to the center of your home as possible. That could be a living room or an office, depending on your new home's layout, but it's definitely not the basement or an out-of-the-way closet. Nobody—or at least, you shouldn't—put Wi-Fi in the corner.
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Overall, you need your router to be centrally located so that Wi-Fi may cover as much of your house as feasible. However, a few factors influence where you can and should position your wireless router, such as whether or not you have access to a network connection and whether or not you have appliances that may limit the strength of your Wi-Fi signal.
Let's go over what you should do and what you should avoid when it comes to choosing a location for your router.
Sure, we've previously stated it, but placing your router in the middle of where you use the internet gives you the best chance of distributing Wi-Fi signals across your home and avoiding the terrible dead spots.
A "central placement" does not always imply that your router should be installed in the exact center of your home. That is, your router should be located towards the center of the parts in your home if you're using the internet.
If you need internet access in your living room and home office, for example, placing your router in the middle of the two rooms should suffice. If you have a two-story home and only require Wi-Fi on the first floor, make sure it's there.
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Wi-Fi signals can be weakened by walls, ceilings, furniture, and other large objects. You want to position your router so that Wi-Fi signals can travel the shortest distance to their destinations.
Place your router in a well-lit area, preferably on a higher level (because Wi-Fi signals travel outwards and slightly downwards). Make sure there are no obstacles between the router and the regions where you need the fastest and most reliable internet.
Sure Wi-Fi signals may pass through walls, doors, and other common household items, but Wi-Fi is only as powerful as its signal, and you want it to have the best chance of reaching all corners of your home. You don't want to be unable to watch YouTube videos in bed due to a dead spot in your bedroom.
Microwaves, baby monitors, cordless phones, and Bluetooth speakers, for example, might interfere with Wi-Fi transmissions because they use similar radio frequencies. If you place any of these items too close to your router, you risk getting some signals mixed up.
In fact, keeping your router away from other electronics, in general, is a smart idea—they're just full of wires and other stuff that can interfere with your Wi-Fi.
Other Wi-Fi networks could also be causing signal interference. If you live in close proximity to your neighbors, their Wi-Fi network may interfere with yours (and vice versa). Change your Wi-Fi band channel to one that your neighbor isn't utilizing to solve this problem. If as all possible, avoid placing your router directly against any shared walls.
The placement of your modem is less important than the location of your router. The modem is normally located near the main network jack. Most individuals keep their modem and router close to one another for convenience, but this isn't necessary.
If you need more Wi-Fi range, you can acquire your own router and move it away from the modem if you have a 2-in-1 modem and router or a gateway. To avoid mistakenly creating two competing Wi-Fi networks, simply set the gateway to bridge mode using device settings.
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