Saturday, January 15, 2011

4 Tips to Improve Wireless Coverage

4 Tips to Improve Wireless Coverage

Sometimes we find difficulty in connecting to a wireless network. The problems might be caused by following factors:

  • Interference by other electronic devices that using 2.4 GHz radio frequency
  • Wireless signal is blocked by thick wall, metal door, ceiling and other obstacles
  • Exceed the effective coverage range of wireless router and access point

Here are some tips you can use to resolve coverage problem in your wireless network:

Repositioning Wireless Device

Its better to reposition wireless router or access point at a clearer area and minimize the blocking from thick wall and other obstacles. Usually the effective wireless range would be 100 feet (30 meters), however be aware that each wall and ceiling could reduce the coverage from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters) or total blocking depending on the thickness.

Reducing Interference

Don’t place the wireless device near to cordless phones, microwave ovens, bluetooth cell phone and other devices that using 2.4 GHz radio frequency if possible. This is because it will create interference and affect the wireless signal strength.

Indoor Wireless Antenna

Its always better to have an additional Indoor wireless Antenna. Remove the default antenna of wireless device and hook in this new antenna. It would extend the wireless coverage of your wireless network.

Wireless Repeater (Wireless Range Extender)

Using wireless repeater is another way to expand wireless coverage. Its very easy to setup a Wireless Repeater. Simply connect the repeater to the wireless router or access point and do some basic configuration, it will then start to operate.