is there a way to make my house wifi stronger?

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  1. DarkRioru
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    through like an app or something? I just need my wifi stronger because I can't wait 5 minutes for a youtube video to load... please help
     
  2. lukands

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    Wifi strength and Internet speed are 2 different things.

    Edit....do you know which is actually the problem?
     
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    What is your current download and upload speed? That is a very important thing to take in consideration. If the speed is slow, it's not the WIFI but the ISP giving shit internet to blame.
     
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    There are a lot of factors/variables that determines WiFi signal strength. Let's list some!
    • Access Point broadcast strength/frequency
    • Client NIC broadcast strength/frequency
    • Building density/layout
    • Interference on the wavelength (cordless phones, microwaves, other WiFi networks, etc)
    • Which standard of WiFi you're using (a/b/g/n/ac)
    • Distance from client to AP
    • etc
    Now you can configure some routers/APs to put more power into their broadcast signal, but this comes at the risk of overheating. You cannot increase the strength of most NICs (WiFi cards/etc) however, so that will be one of your bottlenecks. You can always move closer to the router/AP, but then you might as well use ethernet cables (assuming you're using a PC/laptop). You can always improve speed/connectivity by using a higher WiFi standard, but that means buying new stuff. WiFi signals can penetrate walls to a certain extent (iirc, lower frequencies have higher penetration, but it also depends what's in your walls like lead or steel that can interfere) but more often than not it will just bounce of walls to get from A to B, so keeping your doors open may be an idea. Also if you set your WiFi to a higher frequency (5Ghz instead of 2.4Ghz) then there won't be as much interference from cordless interfaces.

    The other way to boost the signal is either to use a WiFi repeater half way between you and the router/AP, or just run a cable to a nearby location (e.g. in your room) and buy another router/AP to share WiFi in your room.

    If you want to improve internet speed as @luklands pointed out, that is also determined by several things. Let's list some!
    • Speed from your ISP to your local phone/cable line (base speed)
    • Speed your router/modem is able to handle (effective speed)
    • Speed of your network between your router/AP to your device (actual speed)
    • Speed your device is able to handle (buffer/render speed)
    Now the more tech-minded may notice I'm skipping things, but the point is finding the bottleneck that's keeping your speed down.
     
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  5. GuyInDogSuit

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    @Originality hit it on the nail. I couldn't have explained it better. The first thing you want to do is investigate ISP issues. Check with your provider to verify what your speeds are, and run a speedtest. Ookla's test at Speedtest.net is a good start. Check what standards your router and your wireless card/dongle are using. AC is currently the fastest, with speeds generally ranging from 433 Mbits/s to 3.39 Gbits, though 433 to 867 Mbits/s are the more common ranges and should be more than enough for your needs. If you are renting your modem from your ISP, the speeds it supports almost always cover their entire speed range, but you can ask them to verify this. You can try different channels on your router to see if that enhances the signal any, but it's really dependent on where it's located. Some households require a range extender/repeater, though this may not be the case. If you're really baffled, you can call your ISP to have someone come out and check your set up to pinpoint any possible issues, but if it's a problem on your end, they will likely charge you for it, so do that as a last resort. Upgrade your equipment if needed and eliminate any sources of interference first.
     
  6. nero99

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    i think the question to ask is who provides your internet?