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4 Ways To Get The Best Wi-Fi Out Of Your Router

Here are some tips to maximize your router's performance if your Wi-Fi signal is weak.

By Leah Becerra | April 9, 2016

Here's a question: How do I get the most out of my router?

If you haven't bought a router yet, you'll want one that matches the speed of the devices in your home and that can cover the distance you want it to.

Assuming you've already done that, here are some router best practices:

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Hook up your router near the middle of your home. These devices broadcast their signal — that's your Wi-Fi — in a big circle with the router in the center.

And in general, the farther you get from the router, the weaker your Wi-Fi is. If you have dead spots, try adding repeaters or getting a router with a stronger signal.

Next, don't put your router next to your microwave — and maybe keep it out of the kitchen entirely. Home appliances can interfere with some routers.

As will close quarters. Avoid shoving them inside boxes or against thick inner walls of the home. Metal, glass, concrete and even water can all absorb Wi-Fi signals before they get to your devices.

One last thing: Make sure your router's firmware is up to date. Just like your other gadgets, routers tend to perform best with the newest software installed.

This video includes images from Sri Kadimisetty / CC BY 3.0.

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