Sometimes, it might seem you’ve got lead-lined walls, preventing you from getting a good Wi-Fi signal even in the next room. Or maybe your router is on the first floor, while you languish in the dark ages on the fourth (you rich person, you).
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Literally. You could spend hours with all sorts of DIY fixes that you find on the Internet, but it’s probably easier to go with these.
1. Place your wireless router in a central location
The first thing everybody should do is optimise existing Wi-Fi coverage before adding any boosters. It’s simple logic – the router has a radial range, so try to maximise that on your premises, not your neighbour’s. That means putting the wireless router as close to the geographic centre of your home or office as possible.
Even if your main Internet access point is somewhere else, you don’t have to install another one to achieve this. Just run a LAN cable from the modem provided by your Internet service provider to a wireless router.
2. Invest in a good Wi-Fi extender
Okay, you’ve got your Wireless router in optimum position, but some rooms or locations still aren’t getting a good strong signal, simply because they’re too far away
Or maybe you just need to turn the corner of a particularly thick wall. Just pick up a wireless extender, and it’ll happily carry your signal forward.
3. Get a high-speed powerline adapter
However, despite your best efforts with the first two steps, some parts of your house are still like the Bermuda Triangle when it comes to network connectivity, sucking your wireless signal into the Negative Zone. Or you might just be looking for a more stable Internet connection for serious work or gaming.
That’s where a pair of powerline adaptors might come in handy if you don’t want to run LAN cables all the way over. These also plug into power sockets like Wi-Fi extenders, but instead of boosting wireless signals, they use electrical lines to carry your Internet connection. The connected electrical sockets need to be within the same electrical circuit or single phase power supply though.
You’ll need at least a pair for them to work, because one connects to your modem to transfer Internet connectivity to the power lines, while up to seven others act as receivers to become access points.
Prolink peace of mind
As an added bonus of using Prolink products, their routers, powerline adaptors, and wireless extenders all come with product lifetime warranties, meaning they’ll be covered in the event of malfunction all the way up to one year past it’s life cycle. They’re all made in Taiwan and quality tested in Singapore as well, so you can be sure of their reliability.