Suggestion 2: Don’t stuff your router in a cupboard

Routers may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them behind the TV cabinet. If you want the best signal, you’ll need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. If your router’s optimal location is a space without a table or flat surface, check to see if you can wall mount iteither using its pre-installed mounting holes or a third-party mounting bracket. Point the antennas perpendicularly (if you can), and elevate the router if you can (one reader found that his attic was the perfect spot). Lastly, make sure it’s in the center of your house, so you have the best coverage possible throughout your home.

Wi-Fi Signals Don’t Like Physical Barriers

How problematic a barrier is, depends largely on the material, which you can read more about here: How Building Materials Affect Wi-Fi Signals.

Therefore, the best position for any router, extender, or other wireless access point, is:

  • as centrally as possible in the area it should cover

  • high up

  • not behind or underneath anything.

Cabinets for Wireless Equipment Are a Bad Idea

We understand this may not have been your idea—some companies have made it their standard solution to put all networking equipment they deliver inside the same “technical cabinet”. Such cabinets will usually be made of metal and are often located in the basement, hallway, or another less-than-ideal location.

If your only access point is inside a cabinet, get it out of there if at all possible, or replace it with access points that you can move to more appropriate locations.

For anyone looking to improve their home Wi-Fi with new equipment, we recommend Smart Wi-Fi from AirTies—compact access points that mesh together to cover your entire home.


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