How do I fix Wi-Fi dead zones?

Wi-Fi is all surrounding and unseen internet giver. Wi-Fi can be a lifesaver when it works. But it can be very inconvenient when you lose signal. So, what is Wi-Fi? 

Wi-Fi is basically a radio wave and when the radio waves get disrupted or hindered, wireless “dead zones” are created.

The Causes of Wi-Fi dead zones

Dead zones are caused by interferences to your Wi-Fi radio. The potential causes of this kind of interference include:

  • The distance in the area between your wireless router and your laptop or devices can definitely be a problem
  • The places you reside especially such as very old buildings may not have been built with Wi-Fi in mind.
  • Other interferences such as big filing cabinets, large metal objects like shelves and desks and metal walls can interfere with the Wi-Fi signal.
  • Living closely to other wireless networks can also affect Wi-Fi reception.

Find the problem areas

To begin this process, you will first want to analyse your Wi-Fi network. This can be done with virtually any Android, iOS, Windows, or OS X device. Simply download an app from your device’s respective application store that analyses Wi-Fi connections.

After you get your Wi-Fi analysing app downloaded, walk around your house and see how the signal fluctuates as you move between different rooms.

Reposition Your Router and Change Channels

Placing your router in a central location, or nearest to the room you most often use your devices is generally the best place to put it. This may require a bit of trial and error to determine the absolute best location, but it will be worth it to remove weak connections.

Another solution worth trying is to adjust the channel your router is using. Your analyser software will indicate which channel to use.

Wi-Fi Range Extender

If none of the above options solves the problem, then it may be time to invest in better Wi-Fi equipment.

One option is to purchase a Wi-Fi repeater, bridge, or extender. These gadgets grab the signal your router is sending off and repeat it throughout your home. Strategically placing these devices throughout your house can produce fantastic results.

To wrap up

No one likes Wi-Fi dead spots. However, there are many ways to get rid of them. Between repositioning your router, tweaking your network settings, and upgrading your equipment, you have many options to eliminate bad connections.

ABACON IT works directly with our customers to solve everyday issues like this. Contact us if you need our help.

For more information contact the author, Ryan Danvers of ABACON IT on 072 601 2858.