Poor Wi-FI coverage on your home network?
A common problem that our customers have experienced at some stage is the performance of their Wi-Fi on their home network. Whether it’s family members feeling frustrated at not being able to access their social media accounts or not being able to work effectively in the quietest room in the house when working from home or even seeing the circle of doom when trying to stream a television programme or film via a streaming service, poor Wi-Fi coverage is becoming a more common complaint that we hear increasingly more regularly. In this post, we explore the reasons that can cause this and what can be done to resolve it.
Firstly, it’s probably best to explain a little bit about how Wi-Fi actually works within your home network. A wireless signal is a radio wave transmission sent from a wireless router and received by another device, be it a mobile phone, laptop computer or television. The radio waves pass through the air and as a result have obstacles in the way between the sending and receiving devices.
These radio waves have to travel through walls and floors as well as compete for airtime within the home from other devices such as baby monitors, Bluetooth devices and even microwave ovens. Modern day building materials such as bricks and wood are ok at letting these radio frequencies pass through, however, the more walls or floors there are, the increase in deterioration in signal strength from the original source.
Furthermore, walls made of stone or stud walls containing foil-based plasterboard serve as barriers for the radio signals as do large rolled steel joists. It’s worth noting then, that even modern new builds might actually suffer from the same issues as a very old property when it comes to Wi-Fi coverage on a home network.
The building materials are one factor to consider but so is the technology already in the home. Most Internet service providers will provide a wireless router when a customer signs up and these devices are usually a one size fits all product for every customer in the country. This is an easy service model for them to maintain since they can ensure their support teams can service the same set up regardless of address. From our experience every home is built differently and will have a varying amount of different devices inside the home. “One size” will never “fit all.”
Moreover, these devices are usually lower grade devices compared to buying a router from established manufacturers such as Netgear or TP Link. Yet we are now also seeing enterprise grade level equipment being installed in homes since they are now more affordable for residential households. At Luxe Smart Homes, we deploy this level of equipment as standard since we are very happy with the performance versus the cost to our customers.
One last consideration for poor Wi-Fi performance on a home network can be that the wireless router might be set up incorrectly or not as efficiently as it could be. There are many settings within the router that can be tweaked in order to not compete with other radio wave channels. The equipment that we install even has the ability to decide which radio frequency to send to each device depending upon the consumption from the device and the location to the nearest Wi-Fi point.
So that’s the problem and why it happens but what can be done to resolve it? The product we install to overcome these issues is the Ubiquiti Amplifi mesh network system. This product consists of a main wireless router and two antennae that need to be strategically located around the home. These three devices then connect to each other and distribute a consistent and balanced wireless network. Moreover, the hardware also manages the wireless network distribution upon the use of the devices on the network and their location. This results in a faster signal to the devices that need it most and a slower signal for a device, which is more passive.
By utilizing this solution there is no need to run data cabling which is why this is the best solution for customers who don’t want any disruption in their property. We attend site, install the equipment and leave without the need for holes to be drilled, walls to be filled in and redecoration.
If the network size needs to be increased then this is easily achieved by purchasing more antennae and adding them on to the mesh network. We feature this product in our “whole home Wi-Fi upgrade” package and our customers are very happy with the speed of the installation and the performance of the wireless network once we have left.
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