There are basic elements that affect the connection to Internet, especially when it comes to Wifi. This network helps to cover a house or apartment, but it also has its weaknesses, so it is essential to know how to locate the modem to take advantage of it.
Making good use of the signal decoder is, to a large extent, the responsibility of the user, who, perhaps because it does not affect the decoration of the home or for comfort, places it in a place where the signal loses strength and therefore the connection is is affected.
To understand this point it is key to understand that Wi-Fi works through radio waves, so the closer you are to the modem, the better the connection will be and the fewer obstacles the waves have, the stronger that signal will be.
To this we must add that being an antenna, it must be located at a considerable height, that is, 1 or 1.5 meters high. Here is the first tip. Do not put the decoder on the floor or under a table. But don’t go to the extreme of putting it at ceiling level either, because you’re going to find a direct obstruction.
The next point is to put it in a strategic place. If the idea is to cover the house or apartment, it is best to put it in a central place such as the living room, dining room or study, if the internet is going to be specifically for work or study.
But hand in hand with that, we must take into account that the modem cannot have major interruptions. Then it will not be appropriate to put it in corners, against the wall, next to a column, stored in a piece of furniture, etc. It must have enough space for the waves to move.
In addition, it is important not to put objects on the sides that damage the signal. In this case, mirrors or glass are direct enemies, because they cause the waves to bounce. Likewise, electronic devices such as televisions, radios or microwave ovens cause the signal to collide with the one generated by these devices.
All of the latter will not cause the connection to drop, but it will make the signal weaker and therefore slower, so when we move away from the decoder there will be problems for smooth navigation.
In case of living in a three-story house, the best location will be the second floor, because there will be a balance in the distribution of the waves in more areas of the house. If you put it on the first floor, the third floor will have problems and the same goes the other way around. Although, for this type of case, it is always advisable to opt for a repeater to guarantee a better connection throughout the house.
Other points to consider
With all this clarified panorama, it is worth mentioning other aspects that are important to consider to improve the internet signal in homes.
One is that if you have a router with one or several antennas, it is best to place them vertically. Many may believe that the solution to slow navigation will be to point the antenna directly at the device you want to use, and no. The best is to put them vertical because their signal is transmitted horizontally, so there will be a wider coverage.
Another point, which is very difficult to solve, is the neighbors’ Wi-Fi. Just as the signal from our internet collides with that of devices at home, so does that of nearby homes. It is a factor that is difficult to solve, but it is worth highlighting.