Placing the router is a more important task than it may seem at first glance. I know that many of you who read us regularly are aware of this reality, but not everyone really knows to what extent it can make a difference, And that is why I want to share with you this article where we will discover how to position the router in an optimal way to have a good Internet connection.
Before we start, why is it so important to think carefully about where we are going to place the router? Well, very simple, because the router rrepresents the starting point of our Internet connection. If we use a Wi-Fi connection, the waves from that connection will come from the router, and will have a limited range by their nature. However, that range can be reduced by distance, as well as interference and obstacles in your path.
The previous paragraph allows us to fully understand why it is so important where we are going to place the router, because the range, stability and performance will depend on it of our Wi-Fi connection. Well, with this clear, how can I place the router in an optimal place? Let’s find out.
Before placing the router, think about your needs and your home
This is key, and it is very easy to understand. You may need place the router in a specific room because you are going to connect two PCs by cable, and this forces you to opt for a placement that is not entirely optimal. As well you may have a house too big, or with several floors, and that it is very difficult for you to find the ideal place.
Each home is a world, so you must consider, first of all, what devices do you want to connect yes or yes by cable, and think about which areas you want to cover with the Wi-Fi connection. Once you have everything clear, it will be time to start looking for the most balanced location and that best results offer based on all of the above.
If you get to the point of having dead zones in places that you cannot reach by moving the router, don’t worry, you can opt for a PLC device with Wi-Fi repeater to overcome any obstacle.
Where should I put the router? Can you make such a big difference?
Ideally, you should look for a place as central as possible, always starting from the particularities that we have mentioned in the previous section, and that you place it in a slightly elevated position (on a table, for example) and free of obstacles. Wi-Fi waves are donut-shaped, and move generating a slight drooping effect, so placing the router in a low position is, directly, a bad idea.
Obstacles significantly reduce signal strength. It is true that its impact depends on the material, but something as simple as a drywall wall can reduce the strength of the Wi-Fi signal by 50%. On the other hand, interference from certain electrical appliances can also negatively affect your connection. That is why it is so important to place the router in a place free from obstacles and interference.
Regarding the difference that the placement of the router can make, yes, it can be very big. I have resolved cases of friends and family who complained that I did not have Wi-Fi in the bedroom and did not know why. In the end, it was all because they had the router in the kitchen, in the hall, right next to the front door, or in a corner of the living room, a long way from other rooms, and obviously a long way from their bedrooms.
Place the router properly can make the difference between having a dead zone or not, between having the Internet where we want it or not, and it can also affect performance and user experience. Do you have doubts? The comments are yours.
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