How to Improve WiFi Reception

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If you've ever used a computer and connected to the Internet using a wireless card, then you've been using a WiFi signal. There are certain things that can limit the signal you receive, which makes your computer run slower than it should. You can easily fix this problem and improve your WiFi signal.

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    Change the location of your router so it's in a more centralized location in your home. Move it closer to your main computer or place it in the middle of the home if several computers use the same router to connect to the Internet.

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    Adjust the computer to see where you have the best reception of the WiFi signal. There are some cases where all you need to do is move the computer a few inches in one direction to improve the signal.

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    Remove any large pieces of metal that might be around your wireless router or your computer, including mirrors. Metal objects can block the signal, but this can be avoided by moving them to another room in the house.

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    Move cell phones, microwaves and anything else that operates on a frequency away from your wireless router. If the frequencies compete against each other, it can block your WiFi signal.

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    Play with the antennae on your wireless router to see if they're in the proper position for a strong WiFi signal. In some cases you may need to bend the antennae slightly to see an improved or better signal.

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    Use a repeater such as those from Belkin to improve your WiFi reception almost immediately. It takes only a few minutes to install the software and get your repeater working.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a WiFi catcher on your computer, make sure it's turned on before trying to acquire a signal. These catchers are usually found on laptop computers, but if the catcher is in the off position, you can't connect to the Internet.

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