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Tips on how to properly place a Wi-Fi router in your home

09.09.2023

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So you've bought a new, modern Wi-Fi router with great specifications. But given the capriciousness of Wi-Fi technology, it's not enough to provide the best coverage for your entire house or flat. It's also important to place your router correctly.

So here are some tips on how to do this in the best possible way:

  • For even signal coverage throughout the room, place the router in the centre of your home — i.e. in the place that is most accessible to each of the rooms (usually the corridor).
  • It is better to install the Wi-Fi router at a height. The optimal height is 1.5-2 m — it is there, under the ceiling, other electrics will not interfere with signal propagation. Since your router's antennas radiate the signal downwards, you should position the router with the antennas facing upwards for better transmission and reception.
  • For the router to work properly, the temperature in the place of installation should be between +5°C and +40°C.

And in addition, a few tips that can help you improve your Wi-Fi coverage:

  • Use a Wi-Fi repeater. This device will help spread the Wi-Fi signal to hard-to-reach places.
  • Use a Wi-Fi Mesh. This home Wi-Fi system consists of multiple nodes working together to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout the room. A seamless mesh network is especially useful if you need to cover a large area with a signal (for example, when it comes to a private home and surrounding property).
  • Increase the Wi-Fi signal strength on your router. But be aware that this may reduce the battery life of your devices.

Where a Wi-Fi router doesn't belong

It's also worth pointing out where you shouldn't place your Wi-Fi router:

  1. Near metal objects. Metal can interfere with Wi-Fi signal propagation and thus degrade the quality of coverage.
  2. Near other electrical appliances. Routers are better placed away from TVs, microwaves, modems and other routers. If you have two Wi-Fi routers, it is recommended that they work at different frequencies (for example, one at 2.4 GHz and the other at 5 GHz) for correct operation of both devices.
  3. Near the wall. This is especially true for walls made of concrete, which absorbs the signal well, and because of this the last passes through the walls worse.
  4. In the corner of the room. In this case, the signal coverage will be limited.
  5. Near a mirror. This object obstructs the wireless signal and scatters it, causing the signal to weaken and in some cases disappear altogether.
  6. Near heating devices. Wi-Fi routers are prone to heating and even overheating, as a result of which they can work unstably. Therefore, it is better not to install them near radiators or in poorly ventilated places.
  7. On the balcony. Sensitive microchips in the router's electronics react negatively to cold, because metal shrinks at minus temperatures. That's why the device definitely has no place on the balcony in winter. As well as in summer, when under the sunlight the router can get very hot and therefore work incorrectly.
  8. In conditions of high humidity. Placing the device in the bathroom threatens the gradual oxidation of its microchips and can even lead to a short circuit.
  9. In a wardrobe. We advise you to avoid putting the router in a wardrobe or a metal cabinet, because in the first case the cooling of the equipment may be insufficient, which will negatively affect the efficiency and safety of its work, and in the second case the iron walls may jam the Wi-Fi signal.

With our advice, try different placement options for your router to find the location that provides the best Wi-Fi coverage for your personal needs.

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