Originally Answered: How do I make my internet stronger?
In order to ramp up your wireless connection, take the following courses of action:
1. Swap your router for a more powerful model: The tech team at Broadband Choices recommend most routers made by Linksys, Netgear and Belkin. Additionally, a router that does the new, faster draft N (802.11n) would be both preferable and future proof. On top of these suggestions, PC Pro Magazine favours the D-Link DIR-655 for long range and rural use. Although relatively expensive in relation to standard wireless routers, I found one of these on Amazon Marketplace for £76.
2. Consider purchasing a booster: A good quality booster (such as the Hawking Technologies booster) can increase the output power of a wireless signal by up to 600%. Signal boosters capture stronger signals from the outside wireless network and amplify the signal inside your network, thus improving your wireless coverage. It’s that simple.
3. Position your router wisely: The best position for your wireless router is either high or low, and away for any walls, metal, appliances or copper pipes. Attics and lofts are popular locations for the positioning of wireless routers. For some households, the attic is an inappropriate location for the router due to severe heat or lack of access. In these cases, a high shelf or bookcase would make a canny substitute. Try placing your router in a convenient place first and take it from there.
4. Replace your antenna: If your router is near an outside wall, half of the wireless signals will be sent outside your home, and much of your router's power will be wasted. Some router manufacturers sell external omnidirectional antennas that are significanly stronger than the routers built in antenna. Upgrade to a hi-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals only one direction.
5. Add a Wireless Repeater: Wireless repeaters extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any extra wiring. They additionally offer an easy way to increase the effective coverage of your wireless network. A wireless repeater will bounce signals, which may not have had the density to reach the destination device of their own accord, to remote wireless devices.
6. Change Your Wireless Channel: Wireless routers can broadcast across a number of different channels, similar to the way radio stations use a variety of channels. Try altering your wireless router's channel through its configuration page to see if your signal gets stronger. You don't need to change your computer's configuration, because it'll automatically detect the new channel.
7. Group your brands: While routers and network adapters from different manufacturers should work in harmony with each other, you often get better performance if you pick a router and network adapter from the same supplier. Consider choosing all your hardware from the same brand, in some cases performance can be radically improved should you adopt this approach.
8. Upgrade: If you're using an 802.11b wireless network and you're unhappy with the performance, consider replacing your router and network adapters with 802.11g-compatible equipment.