Hello! The vast majority of users use Wi-Fi network to connect to the Internet at home. Indeed, we are talking about the fact that these wireless networks are very versatile. Therefore, we will be able to connect with computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets or any device that incorporates a Wi-Fi card. However, in many occasions the coverage we have at home is not optimal. Consequently, we will be able to connect with computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets or any device that incorporates a Wi-Fi card. However, in many occasions the coverage we have at home is not optimal. Consequently, the signal does not reach where we want to connect. Therefore, today we are going to see the 5 obstacles that most affect the Wi-Fi network.
What are the obstacles to avoid at home?
There are many obstacles in the home that have almost no effect on Wi-Fi wireless networks. However, there are others that do, and they affect it a great deal. Consequently, these are the elements that should be avoided at all costs.
Very thick doors are one of the main enemies of wireless WiFi networks. Logically, if we have doors at home that are too thick, we cannot remove them. However, we can keep them open so that the wireless signal can pass more easily to other rooms. It is very important in these cases to place the WiFi router or WiFi access point as centered in the house as possible. In this way we will be able to provide coverage to all addresses more or less homogeneously. Otherwise, we cannot reach the other side of the house and we will need to use WiFi repeaters, PLC with WiFi or use a WiFi mesh.
If you have very thick doors in your house, then the best thing to do is to leave them open. On the other hand, if you have the router in one of the corners of the house, then the signal will probably not reach the other side. Consequently, you would have to buy additional equipment. Such doors can attenuate the signal by up to 15dB. In other words, it greatly attenuates the wireless WiFi signal.
Another enemy of Wi-Fi is metals. For example, if we have metal doors in our house, we have the same problems as in the case of thick doors. This type of doors can attenuate the signal over 11dB, so it attenuates the wireless signal quite a lot. In these cases, the only thing you can do is to leave the doors open, and follow the same recommendations as in the previous case.
Nowadays, it is quite rare to have metal doors at home. However, it is possible that we do have some fire doors in our home that are usually metal and with special reinforcement of the same. In these cases, we must consider that it will attenuate the wireless Wi-Fi signal quite a lot.
Concrete or cement walls
Concrete and cement is another enemy of Wi-Fi. Generally, houses are built with these materials, so the signal can be attenuated up to 12dB if we try to pass through rooms that have walls of this type. For this reason, it is significant to place the Wi-Fi router in a central location and away from nearby obstacles. This way we can have a fairly homogeneous coverage at home.
In a house with plasterboard walls we will notice that the wireless Wi-Fi coverage will be clearly better than in concrete, cement or brick walls. In a house with plasterboard walls we will notice that the wireless Wi-Fi coverage will be clearly better than in concrete, cement or brick walls. Indeed, it takes much less time to install this type of wall than to build a brick wall.
Glass and mirrors
Window or door glass, as well as mirrors that we may have around the house and even in the bathroom, are also one of the enemies of Wi-Fi wireless networks. This type of material greatly attenuates the wireless signal. For this reason, there is usually not much Wi-Fi coverage in bathrooms. In addition, we must also consider that we have the bathroom walls and the corresponding tiling on the walls. So, this is attached to the general painting.
You will notice the attenuation by the glass if you have a garden and the Wi-Fi router is located in the living room. As a result, you will quickly notice that the signal received by the Wi-Fi client is clearly lower, and that as soon as you move into the living room the coverage is maximum.
Windows with glass and metal frames
Large windows with glass and metal frames are an awful combination for Wi-Fi wireless network coverage. Generally, these elements give access to the garden or patio of the house. If so, you will probably have to install an outdoor Wi-Fi access point. There are now high-end Wi-Fi Mesh systems available that have outdoor Mesh nodes. Their goal is to have the best possible performance.
Very well, in this way we have seen the 5 obstacles that most affect the Wi-Fi network. Therefore, you have more ways to avoid these obstacles and improve your connection. Bye!