Everything You Need To Know About Optimising Your Wi-Fi In One Video

Getting crappy Wi-Fi reception on one side of your house? This video details a number of ways to boost your reception, both simple and complex -- in only 5 minutes.

Linus at Techquickie is at it again, this time sharing a bunch of tips for getting better Wi-Fi reception in your home. We've covered many of these tips before, but it's a good, shareable video for your less tech-savvy friends and family. It covers all sorts of issues, from simple router placement (in the center of your home, away from thick and dense walls) to finding the right wireless channel, and more.

If you want more information on any of those tips, we've covered them before in our complete guide to networking and our top 10 tips for better Wi-Fi reception. If you learn a bit better through visuals and audio, though, the video is a great primer to what's out there.

Optimising Your Wi-Fi Network As Fast As Possible [Techquickie]


    Tip 1: Use ethernet
    Tip 2: Refer to Tip 1

      Doesn't work so well for mobile devices...

      My strategy was to put three wireless units in different places in the house, each connected via an ethernet-over-powerline connector. It does mean I'm using all three non-overlapping 2.4Ghz bands, but unfortunately because there are so many nearby 2.4Ghz wifi networks it's pretty unavoidable.

      I've actually been thinking about buying a Wi-Spy (to sort out my own wifi noise issue) and then renting it out (so I can justify the $500 expense).

      Last edited 23/04/14 4:13 pm

        What does a Wi-Spy do that can't be done with any of the Android apps that log local wi-fi use.

          Wi-Spy is a spectrum analyser so rather than detecting networks and the relative strength of networks on channels (which is what the Android apps do) it actually measures general RF on a range of frequencies. An Android app might tell you that your signal dropped precipitously for 20 seconds, but a Wi-Spy can show you that it is because of a blast of broadband noise across a bunch of channels (and combined with a directional antenna, can be used to actually locate the source of RF noise).

    Edit: once again, gizmodo site changes where the post is going when it tells you that you're posting too fast.

    Last edited 30/04/14 3:13 pm

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