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Easy ways to boost your WiFi signal strength

Avoid interference and absorption

Most wireless home networks will operate at 2.4 GHz. Ideally you should avoid brick walls and concrete floors between the transmitter (e.g. your router) and the receiver (e.g. your laptop). Wooden floors and drywalls are no problem. Although it's unlikely to be an issue, water efficiently absorbs 2.4 GHz electromagnetic signals so you should avoid big water tanks and aquariums. Microwave ovens are built to shield radiation, so they will also block your Wi-Fi signal. Finally, the signal strength can be decreased behind radiators for two reasons: the metal exterior partly reflects the signal and the water inside the radiator partly absorbs the signal.

Adjust the antenna angle

Most routers have a dipole antenna (or a couple of them). The field of a dipole antenna is the strongest in the plane perpendicular to the direction that the antenna is pointing in. In practice this means that if your laptop is on the same floor as your router, the antenna(e) should be pointed upwards. If your laptop is on a floor above or below the router, you should adjust the angle such that it's pointing 90 degrees away from where your laptop is.