It is without a doubt that the Internet and Wi-Fi are an essential part of our daily lives, like electricity and water. It supports everyday communication, businesses, and controls even the most basic devices, for instance, a coffee maker. And yes, just to put it out there, smart coffee makers do exist! It is a lifesaver for those who are chronic latecomers into work.
Often times we face troubles with connectivity and speed with our internet services, and the problem is usually at our ends but many of us do not realize that. It could be that the structure of the home or office is such that signals cannot penetrate through the walls, or it could also be that the internet device or router is placed at a lower level and needs to be placed somewhere more elevated in order to receive better signals. There could be numerous reasons for internet troubles at our end, however, there are ways to extend the Wi-Fi Coverage around the area in order to avoid such problems.
Here are a few of the best ways that can help improve the internet speed and connection, all the while covering a larger area.
Wi-Fi extenders, which are also referred to as boosters, work by rebroadcasting the signals to cover a greater area. They are usually connected to the main internet device, which is the modem, provided by your Internet Service Provider, and can be wireless or even wired depending on the model. These can be placed near the modem or even further away in a completely different corner of the house. Nonetheless, an extender’s job is to quite literally extend Wi-Fi signals further, without much disruptions in connectivity.
One of the best on the market right now is the Google Nest Wi-Fi Point. The Nest Wi-Fi Point is an external device that when paired with the Google Nest Router, together they can cover an area of up to 3800 square feet and connect up to 200 devices at a time. In addition, they provide seamless, uninterrupted internet connectivity. On its own, the Nest Wi-Fi Point can cover an area of 1600 square feet. The device not only serves as a booster but is also a speaker with built-in Google Assistant – your very own home voice assistant.
Use a Mesh Kit
If we go further into what kind of extenders are good, it is usually advisable to invest in a Mesh Kit. They may be pricey but unless you have a very tight budget, you should consider getting those.
Mesh Kits use two or more routers in order to extend the Wi-Fi coverage in the area, creating a sort of super connection. The main router is connected to the modem, while the other routers can easily be placed in different parts of the home, and immediately pick up on the signals in order to provide complete connectivity throughout.
Switch to a Frequency of 2.4GHz
Internet frequencies obviously have an impact on the internet speed, but there are some technical details that customers are usually not aware of.
5GHz is preferred over 2.4GHz because it provides a faster speed of course, but what people do not know is that it does so at shorter distances. Emphasis should be on ‘shorter distances’ because that can prove to be troublesome for many. This frequency rate, and we mean 5GHz, cannot penetrate through walls, desks, and even people. The science behind that is: the higher the frequency, the shorter the wavelength. And it’s just the way it is, unfortunately.
2.4GHz on the other hand is great for transmitting signals over longer distances but at slower speeds. With a frequency of 5GHz, you must inevitably install routers in order to provide internet coverage over a larger area. It may not be necessary with a 2.4GHz frequency but it really depends on the usage. Nonetheless, opting for a frequency of 2.4GHz would be wiser.