1. It’s in the walls

Structural walls are denser, and when reinforced with metal, can wither your WiFi signal. By any chance, is your router shut inside your bomb shelter? It’s time to get it out!


2. Plethora of wireless devices

Wireless/older Bluetooth devices also transmit signals, causing interferences. Possible culprits: FitBit, wireless headset/keyboard/mic, baby monitor, cordless phone, sous-vide machine etc. Turn the devices off when they are not in use.


3. The microwave nuked it

Due to wear-and-tear, the seals and shields on an older microwave are less effective. This allows the mocrowaves to “Leak” out and interfere with your WiFi signal. Place your router away from your microwave.


4. Reflect on it

Mirrors and their metal backings can cause WiFi signals to be reflected back. The reflected signal is almost as strong and this causes interference. Place your router away from mirrors.


5. It might be your neighbours

If your neighbours have installed repeaters, extenders and mesh WiFi to strengthen their connection, their WiFi signal could be messing with yours. Try to change the frequency of your router, move it to another room, or use a wired connection.


6. Poor router placement

Your router could be at a far corner of your home, shut inside a metal cabinet, on the floor (elevated is better), near the microwave, behind the TV or a fish tank (signal interference). Place your router at an open and central space at home.


7. Your home is just too big

Some spaces might not have coverage, or receive only weak signals, especially if they are very far from your router. Move your router closer to where you usually require WiFi at home or upgrade to Smart WiFi.


You can do a speed test via Speedtest by Ookla app before and after applying these WiFi tips to confirm that WiFi speeds have improved.

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