“Oh, dad, Wi-Fi’s gone.”
You’ll hear your kid pester you to no end as he reaches his room, seeing a no Internet prompt on his game tablet. Not long after, his elder sister utters a similar yet more frantic tone in the garden failing to upload her #OOTD pic with her iPhone: “Can’t post my Instagram story, geesh! Dad, what happened to the Wi-Fi?”
And by the bathroom, your wife is yelling at a blank Netflix page, “Hey! Riverdale was cut. Aren’t we on fiber? What happened?
You’re at a loss, and feeling like your dying inside. You spent a fortune on that dream home, pricey gadgets, and of course that fiber connection you thought would satisfy that immense digital craving.
But no, it’s not enough and all your efforts fell short. What’s wrong?
In this day and age, having continuous, uninterrupted connection to the Internet is not anymore a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity, especially in our default digital lifestyle. Binge-watching is already the norm, e-games are the craze, media streaming is standard, Internet messaging or video calls is how we communicate, social media is how we live.
Certainly unthinkable if your Wi-Fi signal is slow and intermittent, and sadly your maze-like abode is a culprit, causing that reviled occurrence called a dead spot, or areas in your home where your connection goes blank since the signal is unreachable. And it does not help that a lot of users are using the same connection, and maybe five of them watching Stranger Things simultaneously at far corners of the home, and your househelp flaunting her new hairdo via livestream at the laundry area.
And even if you have the fastest bandwidth, these Wi-Fi dead spots remain and these are definitely an issue you need to address.
What is a Wi-Fi dead spot?
The wider the space a Wi-Fi router covers, with more obstacles and barriers adding to the mix, we see signals diminishing. In these areas where there are such interferences or range issues, we call it a Wi-Fi dead spot.
And even if you have a connection of a number of gigabytes per second at your disposal, these dead spots still exist, whether you like it or not. So, what to do?
Diagnose the problem. Determine the status of your signal strength, and you can know that using available apps you can download from application stores that analyzes Wi-Fi connections. Aside from signal strength, such apps also offer frequency information about competing networks (since dead spots also occur because of overlapping networks). Walk around and see where the signal is stronger and weaker then determine which areas need stronger signals and which don’t so you can know where the ideal place of your router should be.
Place the router in a more accessible, centralized location. Oh, please remove that router from the cabinet, or that remote kitchen shelf for that matter. That’s not any other appliance you can keep anywhere.
Because dead spots are due to how your house is constructed—having concrete or brick walls, several stories, or numerous rooms—it is important to have your router placed in a most accessible, central location near the rooms or areas where you most often use your devices. There should be a few thick walls surrounding it, especially those brick ones, and with less metal objects in close proximity.
Adjusting the channel your router is using. As we earlier stressed, overlapping networks cause Wi-Fi dead spots. This happens when several active users on different networks use the same Wi-Fi channel. When this happens, speeds decrease and in turn, becomes a dead spot. Using a channel with no overlapping networks or share one with providers with low signal strength are options you can choose.
To change this, you need to alter your router settings and select the Wi-Fi channel. Similar to finding the right place where your router should be situated, you need to do some trial and error in discovering the appropriate channel.
Invest in a mesh network. If these can’t solve the problem, why not invest in a mesh network—one surefire solution to end your woes from Wi-Fi dead spots. In a mesh network, a group of routers wirelessly communicate with each other to create a single, controlling Wi-Fi network that gives blanket connectivity to your entire home.
As such, you are able to utilize several Wi-Fi resources all over your sprawling residence and get reliable and fast connectivity wherever you are at home. This expands your network by broadcasting Wi-Fi from multiple Wi-Fi points and you don’t have to worry about having your livestream of your newborn’s first bath cut just because the bathroom could be a dead spot.
And, lest you’d be immune from endless outbursts from your digital addicts failing to get their fix even for just a minute of sluggish or erratic Internet access at home, you should consider these and act now!
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