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How to Find WiFi Dead Spots in Your Home

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Losing signal in certain areas of your house? Here’s how to fix that WiFi dead spot.
Follow these steps to find dead spots on your home network:
1. Before you begin, ensure your router is centrally located in your home.

2. Download a signal mapper such as NetSpot or HeatMapper to identify areas of poor or weak signal.

3. Optimize your home.

What causes dead spots on a WiFi network?

WiFi dead spots can be caused by physical barriers in your house, like walls or refrigerators, along with the distance between your router and the area you want to get signal. Even the material of these blockades impact signal strength of WiFi. For example, dry wall can reduce speed up to 50% while a concrete barrier can put a complete halt on signal trying to pass through.

Try the below tweaks to troubleshoot common WiFi dead spot issues:

Make sure your router is centrally located in your home, placed as high as possible. WiFi signal is strongest when it is in direct line-of-sight to the devices it is servicing. Move any obstructions between the router and devices and avoid placing in a cabinet with closed doors.

Experiment with the Position of Router Antennas

Antenna position can have an effect on how signal is bounced around in your home. No two houses are the same, so it will take some experimentation to position them optimally.

Try Another Broadcast Channel

Sometimes, default broadcast bands can become saturated in areas where many signals are present. This is especially true in apartments or houses close in proximity to each other, where there are multiple home networks overlapping.

In the router settings, experiment with switching the broadcast channel of the router to bands with less competition. You can do this typing in the IP address located on your router, or a custom one you set, use your username and password to log into the router settings page. Then open the wireless settings to test out different channels.

Make Sure You Have the Latest Router Version

Has it been a few years since you received your router? Your device may not be utilizing the latest home network technologies. Ensure equipment is updated with the latest protocols to maximize your experience.

Range Extenders and Signal Boosters

Some homes are simply too large or obstructed for ample coverage by a single device. If the area you are looking to extend WiFi to is large, multi-floor or surrounded by signal blockers, such as cement obstructions, consider adding a Panoramic WiFi signal booster to extend the coverage of your WiFi footprint.



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