Best Way to Increase Your Wifi Router Range

WiFi is one of the important part of our life these days and its really painful if we don’t get sufficient amount of range to access internet even in our own houses or offices. Just because there are some walls stucked in the path of wifi signals, there is very much possibilities of their signal distortion so we can conclude that Wifi is never as good or reliable as wired internet connection. In the earlier days, before DECT and mobile phones, people used wires running to their landline phones. Oh by the way! Cat6A Cables delivers 10 gigabits per second over 100 metres of Ethernet cable, which would solve your speed problem for a long time.

If this also doesn’t work, then the best solution for you is HomePlug.

HomePlug

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HomePlug send your broadband traffic signals within your house through the main electricity cables. This system is overseen by the HomePlug Alliance, which is very similar to the Wi-Fi Alliance that overlooks Wi-Fi. The first HomePlugs were used in 2001, and the most current versions are HomePlug AV (2005) and AV2 (2012). The latest AV2 HomePlugs give MIMO (multiple input multiple output) operation instead of SISO (single input single output) operation. This provides much better output.

HomePlug AV comes with 128-bit encryption, in case your mains signals go astray to next door’s wiring. HomePlug usually comes as a paired device. One is the sender that.you connect to the router via an Ethernet cable and RJ-45 socket. And you connect the receiver to you local device. The pair might be hard-wired that comes with a unique password to talk to one another. If the devices come with common default passwords, you should change them by following the instructions in the manual given. This will be a very simply task.

Some HomePlugs come with WiFi as well. The receiver will come with a WiFi transmitter as well as one or more RJ-45 ports for wired connections. The disadvantage here being that it creates its own WiFi network. The Devolo dLan 1200+ overcomes this by using the Wi-Fi Move Technology that lets you use your current router’s SSID and password to create one single network. Some systems have a Wi-Fi Extender mode instead.

HomePlug Speed

 

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As with WiFi routers the HomePlug devices’ actual speed is very different from the specified speed. For example, a 802.11n Wi-Fi router mentions its maximum speed to be 600Mbps, but you might only get 40-50 Mbps. It also depends on the distance from the router, walls and floors, interference from other networks, and number of devices sharing your bandwidth.

Similarly, a HomePlug AV system mentions their maximum speed to be 200Mbps, but you’re likely to get 30-60 Mbps, maybe even less. It depends on the distance between the recover and sender, quality of wiring and the amount of noise present in the surroundings. Noise is created by other electrical appliances from fridges to smartphone chargers. If you are facing problems with your HomePlug connection, try turning off other devices.

Some HomePlug devices work better when they are plugged directly into a wall socket than when they are plugged into a multi-way adaptor. Most HomePlug devices have a pass-through connection so that you don’t actually lose a socket.

Router Changes

 

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Before you purchase a HomePlug, make sure your router is working to its best capability. Do not place it in a corner of your house or on the floor. Place it as high as possible and away from big appliances such as TV.

You will also get better performance if you try using a different channel from any strong Wifi network nearby. There are many of ways of finding out which channels your neighbours are using. In Microsoft Windows, open a command prompt and type (or paste in): netsh wlan show all

Many apps or PC programs can give you a list of all the WiFi networks nearby and which channel they are using. For example, the paid-for inSSIDer (Windows, Mac and Android), and free ones such as Acrylic WiFi Home (Windows), WiFi Scanner (Mac, though there’s a scanner built in now) and Amped Wireless (Windows, Android). There’s also a free version of Netspot (Windows, Mac), which lets you create a heatmap of your Wi-Fi signal, if you upload a floorplan.

The ultimate solution to router problems is just to use a better router.

Google Mesh


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You can set up a consumer mesh network using existing comms equipment, if you know how. The issue here is that it’s tricky to do and, unless your house is very big, you really don’t need one.

The places that will benefit from mesh network are stadiums, hotels, clubs, restaurant etc. A few companies have simplified the mesh network for home use. Such companies are Eero, Luma and Google. They all use the same approach: you can either buy a single device or a three-pack to set up a mesh. All three companies have designed their products so that they look nothing like routers, which is where they differ from Open Mesh, the company that supplies mesh networks for large areas.

In US, Eero sells a router for $199 and a three-pack for $499. Luma’s three-pack is of $399. Google announced prices of $129 for one and $299 for a three-pack.

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