When you learn my epic clarification about how cable broadband works then you will have spotted that, like a large number of folks, my telephone, the web router and the TV is all within the nook of the home.
Within the “outdated days” the smiley BT engineer would as a substitute come and stick the telephone socket within the hallway. A large number of folks would have their phone on a different desk proper subsequent to the entrance door. Some folks nonetheless have it like this, whilst others may have their cables entering the home on the subject of the entrance window. Both place isn’t superb for spreading reliably web round your own home. It’s even worse if that magical web router is at the flooring at the back of your TV.
On the different finish of the home your WiFi protection could be susceptible, sluggish or spotty. If there’s supporting brick partitions in how it’ll worsen.
So right here’s our primary web router, whole with a variety of geeky Ethernet cabling within the again. It’s at the back of the TV and I’ve balanced it as prime as I will so we will be able to get WiFi upstairs after I’m sat at the throne “considering”. Hassle is, I simplest get one bar of WiFi whilst I’m providing a sacrifice to the porcelain gods, and it saved dropping by the wayside. I additionally couldn’t get WiFi whilst I’m within the lawn.
No. None of that is tremendous vital. Sure, I may use cellular knowledge thru my community supplier however…
..I’m a geek and I need this to paintings.
So I purchased a WiFi repeater. Not up to £10 off eBay. This one appeared OK, and accepts both a LAN enter or it’ll repeat the present WiFi and spice up it. That labored brilliantly, however I nonetheless wasn’t proud of the velocity. Right here it’s in that magical cubby hollow below the steps, and sure, the cabling is horrific..
Now, if that is you otherwise you’ve were given slightly of a uneven sign, you may in truth have the ability to get a greater sign with no need to get a booster. On Android WiFi Analyzer is a brilliant choice. There’s an identical equipment to be had on iOS however I stay coming again to this actual one on Android on every occasion I’m doing geeky stuff like this.
So, I’ve were given protection however I need to make it as excellent as I will. First up, attach for your wi-fi get entry to level after which transfer to the sign meter. Make sure you have your WiFi identify decided on and stroll round your own home. Search for the “black spots” the place the meter dips into the gray. That is the realm you wish to have to be aware of, so while you discover a susceptible space, alternate to the “Channel Ranking” or the “Channel graph”. It’ll display you which ones WiFi channels are probably the most congested and which (proven by way of stars or a space of the graph which is empty) are the most efficient ones to make use of.
In my example, the app mentioned that channel 12, 13 or 14 was once the most efficient.
Switching WiFi channels is finished for your WiFi router and it’s normally within the complex settings. Some routers are artful and so they’ll transfer to the least used channel robotically. The inexpensive WiFi repeater I purchased doesn’t do this (as a result of… ermm.. I’m tight and didn’t pay a lot for it), so I’ve to log into it, pass into the Complex WiFi settings and make a choice a band of channels.
Above you’ll be able to see that I switched the “RegDomain” to Channel 10-13. I additionally double-checked the principle router, however – as I suspected – that was once artful sufficient to modify WiFi channels itself with an “Auto” environment. You’ll manually transfer it if you wish to have, however there’s in reality no level. The principle router goes to have a sniff round and assume “MAN! I’m now not the use of that channel, all of your neighbours are the use of it too!” It’ll transfer to a clearer channel on its own.
So now, to test the WiFi channels once more, and mine (which is simply known as “TheInternetz”) is now up in a clearer channel and is sweet and robust.
Even though you don’t do all this, the WiFi Analyzer app will mean you can to find out the place your WiFi isn’t so nice so you’ll be able to both transfer your router, position a WiFi repeater in the proper position or reconfigure your WiFi channels to paintings higher.