How To Improve WI-FI Connectivity / Range On A Laptop

Posted: Jul 25 2019, 10:02pm CDT | by , in How To

 

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Steps to Improve Wi-Fi Reception on Laptops

A strong Wi-Fi signal is of utmost importance for good connectivity and internet speed, it is quite normal for laptops to suffer from constantly dropping connections and slow network speeds, in most such cases a weak Wi-Fi signal may be the only reason to blame.

A lot of hardware, software and environmental factors can affect the connectivity between Wi-Fi networks and laptops, here are few things that can be done for improved network connection and speed.

(Before you try the below steps, make sure the problem lies with your wi-fi router or laptop’s network adapter and not your ISP, double-check that the connection from the ISP is stable and offer the required bandwidth)

Environmental Factors that affect Wi-Fi Network Connections

Checking the router placement and its distance from your devices.

It is always better to place your wi-fi router in the central position of your home or office, this way it can provide maximum coverage on all different directions. Make sure the wi-fi router is not placed on the floor because the floor is the worst place to position a wi-fi router.

Obstructions between the router and your laptop.

Too many walls, mirrors or metal obstruction between your wi-fi router and laptop will result in weaker signals. Make sure no such obstructions lie between the wi-fi router and your device.

If there are no options, you will need a wi-fi repeater to boost the signals, these devices are easily available in the market. You can also easily convert an old or another router into a wi-fi repeater.

The number of other devices connected to your Wi-Fi Router.

The different number of devices simultaneously connected to a router will also result in reduced performance. It is best to only connect the minimum number of devices to a router for getting high connectivity and speed.

Other home electronic devices that use the same frequency and interfere with your router’s Wi-Fi signals. Please check under the software section to solve this issue.

Hardware Factors that affect Wi-Fi Network Connections

The built-in adaptor in your laptop is outdated or worn out.

When you are using an old laptop, there are chances that your network adaptor is outdated or may not be able to adapt to the latest technologies. This can easily be solved by switching to external USB wi-fi network adapters, these cheap alternatives are easily available and when required they can also be used with other laptops or PCs.

The Wi-Fi router might be outdated or the hardware might not be working properly due to age factor.

The external or internal antenna on your Wi-Fi router might have issues.

Try to remove and replug your router antennas, if this does not improve the wi-fi range you can buy wi-fi router antennas that offer better coverage. Before you make a purchase, you must verify the antenna you are buying is compatible with your existing device.

Over time the efficiency of all electrical devices decreases, even after software or firmware updates they may not adjust with the advanced technologies. In such cases, changing your wi-fi router is your only choice. Carefully choose the right wi-fi router that suits your needs, spending a little extra money on a better router will save from daily frustrations in the future.

The latest, 802.11ac routers are much better as compared with their predecessor 802.11n and 802.11g devices. They can also connect to multiple devices without compromising with the speed and connectivity.

Software Factors that affect Wi-Fi Network Connections

Make sure the firmware, drivers, and software on both your Wi-Fi router and the laptop are up to date.

Most modern-day electronics also use 2.4 GHz frequency, most modern Wi-Fi routers come with 5GHz, or both the 2.5 GHz and 5GHz frequency, you can try switching between the frequencies to solve the interference issue.

However, if your Wi-Fi router only works on 2.5GHz frequency, you can try and use different channels (between 1-11), there are chances this might stop the interference from other electronic devices. Be sure to check the router documentation before you try this step.

By making a change in your network adaptor’s transmission power settings. You can configure your laptop’s wi-fi network adaptor to operate at 100% efficiency, this will improve the range and connectivity between your device and the Wi-Fi router.

While on power-saving mode, the laptop’s operating system automatically reduces the adaptor’s power efficiency, so it is quite normal to experience wi-fi problems while your laptop is plugged off from a power source.

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