Most people prefer to put their router out of sight. We’re guilty of this too, so don’t worry! No judgement here.
However, a lot of people do put their router in the meter cupboard, which is about the worst place for a router you can choose. So, what is the best router placement in home? In this article, we will explain you every thing related to placement and how you can get the most of your router.
So you can be sure that your WiFi signal is not (or as little as possible) obstructed by your own home.
Let’s begin with: What makes a WiFi signal possible?
Do you want to understand how it is possible that certain places in the house interfere with the signal? Then read on! We’ll explain what effects and create a WiFi signal: Electromagnetic Radiation.
That sounds scary, but it’s not. It’s one of the building blocks of our lives. Not only biologically – because our eyes can form an image of the world by using electromagnetic radiation but also technologically – The antenna of your car, calling from your mobile phone and the WiFi signal to your laptop or mobile phone: it is all possible by electromagnetic radiation.
Electromagnetic radiation is therefore essential to our modern lives. So it is important that we utilize electromagnetic waves to the best of our ability. We can do this, for example, by observing plasma. Plasma occurs at the top of the atmosphere and forms a barrier for the electromagnetic waves. Plasma makes these waves bounce back. By manipulating this, you can widen the range of the waves.
How does this knowledge help me?
A group of researchers has studied the interesting reaction between plasma and electromagnetic waves. Through the project they also tried to use these waves for practical purposes, such as improving your WiFi.
You have to use one of the Maxwell equations. Simply, there are two basic principles to maximize the use of your signal. The first is that signals move most easily through free space. Therefore ideally, you should be able to see your router from your laptop or mobile phone, without any walls in between.
The second is that WiFi signals can cancel each other out. This is known as “dark spots”. These occur because the signals overlap and therefore cancel each other out. By moving your router a little, this problem can be fixed.
Now to the crux of the story: one of the scientists developed an app called WIFI Solver. With this app you can make a blueprint of your apartment. Then it calculates which is the best place for your router in your apartment. Genius, right?!
7 Tips on: What is the Best Router Placement in Home
The basic principle is simple and consists of covering a maximum of space while avoiding anything that absorbs or disturbs the signal. In practical application, this includes several elements. Depending on your case, the following tips may not all apply reasonably, so don’t hesitate to try and see what works for you. Let’s move to our suggestions.
1. In the center of the house.
It makes sense because the router transmits its Wi-Fi in all directions, so it’s best to put it in the middle of your house. If it’s positioned lower down, in a corner, a good part of the signal is transmitted where no one will use it.
2. Place your router on height
Routers tend to send their signal downwards (think of the light bulbs on the ceiling!). Mounting your router on a shelf is a smart idea, especially if you have the floor above where you want to have a good connection. If there is no furniture, you can also hang it on the wall.
3. Not between several walls, but rather near the doors.
Load-bearing brick or concrete walls have a tendency to absorb the signal, which is why placing a router in a wall-enclosed cubicle is not a good idea. The problem is much less critical with wooden walls and even closed doors. The floor and ceiling are fairly good signal conductors.
4. Not near a window (unless it faces the garden).
Unlike concrete, glass lets the waves pass very well. Try not to let too much WiFi escape to the street, but you might want to broadcast it to your garden.
5. Away from metal objects.
Metal in particular is one of the materials that absorbs waves the most. Therefore, It is not recommended to place your router with most of the the electronic appliances such as microwave, refrigerators and other household in your home.
Router’s most potent enemy is the microwave oven, which, when turned on, emits a strong signal in the 2.4 GHz band, which is also used by WiFi4; hence produce loads of interference. If you router operates on 5Ghz band, then you should not have this problem.
6. Away from water and “people” .
Water also absorbs radio waves which applies to aquariums, but also to the human body, which happens to be two-thirds water. If the router is in the living room and there are people in that room, it can disrupt the signal for the family member who wants to broadcast a film in his or her room.
7. Move antennas around.
If there are two or more antennas on your router model, you should point them in different directions, preferably at an angle and perpendicular to each other. If there is only one antenna, point it where you want to get the most signal (horizontally if you want to cover the most area, and vertically if you have floors). And if there is no antenna, make sure the router is installed as it is supposed to be: do not place a vertical router on its side.
WHAT IF IT STILL DOESN’T WORK?
If the above measures are not enough, you may have to invest in hardware. First of all, if the router is old – for example, if it is still using WiFi 4 (802.11n) – you can replace it with a newer, WiFi 5 (802.11ac) compatible model. Otherwise, you can purchase wireless extender or repeater to improve the range of your signal.
A repeater is a small device that receives the signal from the router and “repeats” it identically, thus extending the range of the router. It is a relatively basic and inexpensive solution that does not require the purchase of a new router and is well suited for mid-sized homes. However, it may not be convenient, as each repeater will appear as an additional WiFi in your smartphones and computers.
If your house is enormous, you might want to use a mesh or multi-room system. They usually come in packs of two or three access points, each one emitting its own signal. Mesh system is expensive than a repeater but has several advantages. The strength of the signal does not drop from one point to another, as this can be the case with multiple repeaters.
Mesh system is also more reliable against failures and often easier to set up, and it counts as a single Wi-Fi point for devices that want to connect to it.
And if despite all this your house is still haunted by a ghost eater of Wi-Fi, think of other means of access to the Internet, such as the wired connection by Ethernet cable or the CPL ( current line carrier ) boxes. These come in pairs and plug into electrical outlets, one near the router to receive the Internet, and another to allow connections. The 4G enclosures, operating with a SIM card, are another alternative to consider.