7 Ways to Beef Up Your Wi-Fi Coverage

We have simple advice to improve your wireless devices' connections.


How many Wi-Fi connected devices are in your house? I did a mental survey of my house and came up with 12, including iPods, tablets, media streamers, etc. I’ve probably forgotten a few. All of those devices are fed by a single wireless router, and some days that’s a real challenge. How can you get better reception for all of your connected devices?

  • Place your wireless router in the center of the house so all of your devices have relatively equal access to it.
  • Use a wired connection for your most mediaheavy devices. My router is in my living room with the majority of my A/V gear, so I use an Ethernet connection for the smart TV and cloud-based media server.
  • Keep the router off the floor and away from metal surfaces.
  • If you have to place your router against an outside wall, try replacing the omnidirectional antenna with a high-gain directional antenna so you’re not sending half your signal outside.
  • Add a wireless repeater halfway between your router and your furthest device.
  • Upgrade to a high-bandwidth router designed for media.
  • Use powerline adapters instead of wireless for some devices. A powerline adapter uses your home’s existing electrical wiring for the network. You simply connect an Ethernet cable from your router to a powerline adapter that’s plugged into an outlet, then use another adapter near the device you want to network and run an Ethernet cable from that to the device.

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This article was originally published on December 30, 2011 and was updated on June 4, 2015.


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