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You've had to place your wireless router on the floor, right behind the TV and the home theater receiver, downstairs in the corner living room, because that's where the BT Phone Socket is

The fix might be far simpler than you thought.


For the best possible placement of your router follow the next 5 steps:

Make sure your router:


  1. - Has its antenna pointing in Vertical fashion. The Wi-Fi signal actually beams out from the sides of your antenna, and if they're pointing in a direction other than up, you might get slightly better coverage in one particular area—but most of your signal is shooting straight into the ground and ceiling.
  2. - Is free from Obstructions, so that it's not right next to a thick wall, close to other electronics, angled behind metal objects, or otherwise blocked from a line of coverage.
  3. - Is away from, and working on a different channel from, Interference from neighbors.
  4. - Has a Central position in your house, so its coverage is as even and wide-ranging as possible.
  5. - Is Elevated, because Wi-Fi signal has an easier time traveling down and sideways than up. It's actually okay to elevate your router onto a sideboard dressing table, or shelf, or even stacked on a few books. Wi-Fi signal has little trouble passing through wood and books, as opposed to other issues.

Most home users buy just a few varieties of routers made for the residential market. Most users also never tweak their settings, and most routers default to the same channel. If you see a good number of Wi-Fi names available from your laptop, or you suspect you might have bad luck in your neighbors' placement, it's time to switch channels.

The web-based Meraki Wi-Fi Stumbler is a good bet for analyzing your network to find the least-used channel nearby—when it's up. On Windows, you can also try inSSIDer, and Mac users can work through iStumbler. With an Android phone, you can walk around your house and see which channel is getting traffic, and where, with Wifi Analyzer.


Some people are just unlucky in their net connections, usually because the cable only comes into your house in a bad place, in a low corner, at the opposite end of the house to where you need it. You can try to over come these problems by following our guide above or by creating a boosted WiFi signal using with a bridge or repeater: a second router that picks up the signal from your primary router, then re-broadcasts it to cover another area of your house. You can use an old router of you can purchase a 'WiFi Range Extender' which is simple and easy to install.


Below is Glenridding Sailing Centre, they needed Wifi in the office cabin 50m away from their other cabin that housed the Router at the opposite end of it. We Installed a 20m External Ethernet Cable, it ran from the Router out through the wall, along under the gutter, around under the soffits to the other end of the Cabin. At that point we fitted and External Wifi Adapter to a soffit bracket and directed the Wifi Range Extender towards the other Cabin, The Result- A fantastic Wifi signal well beyond 70m away from the Router itself.

Above are the 2 cabins at Glenridding Sailing Centre, The closest one is where the office is located and that's where the internet was need the most, however the router was located in the furthest cabin at the far end and Wifi was none existent in the Office.

Left & Above: The solution to getting Wifi in the Office cabin, an External Wifi Range Extender fitted to the Fascia boards of the cabin, directing the Wifi Signal towards the Office.