Microsoft Windows gives you a notification whenever your wireless network
has a weak signal. This is a sign that you should improve your wireless
network. When you get this notification, it means that the wireless
connection is not as reliable or high-speed as it's supposed to be. In
fact, the wireless connection signal may be completely lost in certain
areas of the house. If you would like to improve your wireless network
signal, you should carry out a few of these tips. These tips will extend
the wireless range. They will also improve the overall performance as
well as reliability of the wireless network.
Re-position the wireless router (or wireless access point) to the centre
of the house.
Place the router away from walls.
Place the router off the floor.
Place the router away from metal objects.
Instead of using a standard antenna which you get with the router, use a
hi-gain one. If the standard router is placed by an outer wall, part of
the wireless signals will be directed outside the house. This will also
waste the power of the router. Hi-gain antennas send the wireless signals
in a single specific direction which you are able to aim on the path
where you need them a large amount.
Replace your laptop or computer's wireless network adapter with a USB
network adaptor. It uses an external antenna that improves the range of
the signals. (Laptops which have built-in wireless normally contain
outstanding antennas. They do not usually require to be upgraded.)
Add a wireless repeater to extend the signal range.
Change the wireless router's channel to increase the strength of its
signal. You can do that through the configuration page of the router. The
computer will detect the new channel itself.
Reduce wireless interference by avoiding wireless electronics which use
the 2.4GHz frequency. You should use cordless phones which use the 900MHz
or 5.8GHz frequencies.
Update your firmware updates for your router through the manufacturer's
website. Update your network adapter driver through the Windows Update
feature of Windows 7 and Vista or visit the website
www.update.microsoft.com for Windows XP.
Upgrade 802.11b devices to 802.11g or buy a new 802.11 g equipment. It
is five times faster than an 802.11b device.