Stop Clearing Away Your Wi-Fi Signal
Note to neat freaks: If you keep covering your access point up, you are actively making your home Wi-Fi a lot worse than it needs to be.
We know, we know—routers and other wireless access points tend to be visually boring at best, downright ugly at worst. But if you don’t stop hiding yours, you will keep making your own network performance worse than it needs to be.
Wi-Fi Signals Don’t Like Physical Barriers
How problematic a barrier is, depends largely on the material, which you can read more about here: How Building Materials Affect Wi-Fi Signals.
Therefore, the best position for any router, extender, or other wireless access point, is:
- as centrally as possible in the area it should cover
- high up
- not behind or underneath anything.
Your TV is Murder for Your Wi-Fi Signal
Because network equipment is often co-located with television receivers in the home, a common temptation is to take that ugly router and shove it behind the TV where nobody will notice it so much. The trouble with that is, your TV is a double whammy for your Wi-Fi: a physical barrier of materials that weaken the signals as they try to pass, and possible signal interference from the electronics.
Cabinets for Wireless Equipment Are a Bad Idea
We understand this may not have been your idea—some companies have made it their standard solution to put all networking equipment they deliver inside the same “technical cabinet”. These cabinets are usually made of metal and often located in the basement, hallway, or another less-than-ideal location.
If your only access point is inside a cabinet, get it out of there if at all possible, or replace it with access points that you can move to more appropriate locations.
For anyone looking to improve their home Wi-Fi with new equipment, we recommend Smart Wi-Fi from AirTies—compact access points that mesh together to cover your entire home.