How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Speed and Range

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions for improving the Wi-Fi in your home or office.

These items are easy to do and don't require any extra equipment.


Summary

  1. Elevate your Modem – Get your modem off the floor or out from under the table.
  2. Avoid Obstructions – Imagine the Wi-Fi signal taking a straight line from the modem to your TV or other device. Does it go through a kitchen appliance, metal pipes, or other obstruction? If so, try to move either the modem or device for the shortest, most direct path, that avoids these objects.
  3. Rotate and Reposition – Sometimes just rotating the modem or moving it a couple feet one way or another can improve performance because it will avoid a heating duct in the wall, etc. Test various positions using your phone and Fast.com to measure speed in the room where you want to improve Wi-Fi.

More ideas for extending Wi-Fi range:

If you have a really large home and the signal doesn't reach certain areas, then look into a range extender or wireless access point. For device recommendations, check out this NY Times Article on Wi-Fi ExtendersBe sure to put the the extender in the middle between your modem and the area with poor service. It will act as a repeater and boost the wireless signal to reach your desired location.