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How to improve your Wi-Fi signal at home
Every day more of the country gets better, faster wi-fi coverage. But that doesn’t stop your signal at home dropping off or grinding to a halt every now and then. Here are the latest tips from our top experts on how to get the most from your home service.
Wi-Fi waves are a lot shorter than the ones used for radio and mobile phone data, so your router can probably manage about 150 feet, while a radio mast can probably manage several miles.
Wi-Fi waves don’t get on with walls and metal objects, so put your router somewhere in the middle of your house and in the open. Hiding it in the corner of the kitchen, in the cupboard under the stairs or similar will just block the signal.
Lots of routers transmit downwards or horizontally rather than upwards, so you’ll want to make sure it’s not on the floor because they tend to be made of materials that don’t really get on with the waves.
Other electronic devices can totally affect your signal too, so keep your router away from televisions, DVD players and microwaves.
When using free Wi-Fi outside your home the biggest challenge isn’t speed but making sure your data is safe from prying eyes.
Do you use free Wi-fi hotspots while on the go? Find out more on how you can stay safe no matter where you connect: