Wi-Fi modem is usually kept in a central part of the home so it can transmit signals all around the house. But it is really hard to find a strong signal in your basement because they’re made up of thicker walls and thicker cement. It weakens the signal and you might face low internet speed or no internet connection at all when you’re in the basement. But, where there is problem, there is a solution. Today we will tell you how you can boost signal from Wi-Fi router in basement.
Getting Strong Wi-Fi Signals in your Basement
Here are 3 of the best methods that you can use to get strong Wi-Fi signals in your basement.
First suggestion that we will pass on is, try repositioning the WiFi Router. Maybe you’ve a router at first floor. So it can cover the ground floor but the basement area will catch only a weak signal. To fix this problem, you can reposition the router and place it at ground floor. This way Wi-FI can cover from basement to the first floor of your house. But again the problem is, if you have a three story house, you just cant do that. So, lets move to the next technique.
Switch between Channels
The first thing you can do without spending a single penny is, switch between channels. Especially if you live in an apartment complex, there are chances the internet connection will go slow if everyone is using the same channel. Most of the Wi-Fi routers available in the market are packed with 11 channels to transfer Wi-Fi signals.
These routers are already pre-set to use a particular channel or the settings by default makes the router select a channel automatically. You can manually change this by accessing admin interface of your Wi-Fi device. You can enter and login to the admin area by typing your router’s default IP address in URL bar of your mobile or web browser. You can google to find the IP address. After you have done logging into admin panel, check each channel that could boost the signal. However, channel 1,6 or 11 are recommended by experts.
If you’ve devices like computer or laptop in your basement, we recommend you to wire up some Ethernet. It isn’t that costly and will offer you the best speed out of your internet connection. You can use cable clips to bring the wire down your basement. If you prefer streaming, it is the best idea to use ethernet.
If your desktop or laptop is missing an ethernet port, you can easily get an adapter from market and make the internet work like charm in your basement.
Get a Wi-Fi Repeater
Ethernet is fine when you’ve to use the internet just on your desktop or laptop. But in case if you want to use mobile, tab or a TV in your basement, you will have to purchase a Wi-Fi repeater.
Just as the name suggests, a Wi-Fi repeater or booster helps increasing the range of your Wi-Fi connection and fills the weak spots. You can setup a Wi-Fi repeater to a location where it can receive better signals from your original router and transmit the signals to your basement. If a repeater is placed far away from the original router, you might face low speed issues.
A good thing about these repeaters is, there are many models available in market which have ability to duplicate original signals so you don’t have to switch between networks.
No! Never do that! Because thick walls of basement will absorb all the signals and if it still reaches other rooms, the internet speed will be really slow.