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Tips for extending your wireless router’s internet distances and increasing speed

Sometimes there maybe spots in your house which does not get a wireless internet signal from your wireless router. It can be very simple to fix this problem by buying a more powerful wireless router, wireless USB adapter for your desktop or laptop, a wireless repeater/extender, and buying a better antenna for your wireless router.

If your wireless router is very old, and uses Wireless 802.11 B or G wireless, or your router is unreliable, upgrading your wireless router to a 802.11N or 802.11AC wireless router would be a good idea. 802.11N and AC routers are compatible with your older 802.11B/G devices like laptops, and desktops. But, you may need to use WEP encryption if you plan on password protecting your wireless signal which is a good idea to prevent hackers from hacking you.

D-Link DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Wireless Router would be a great wireless router for your wireless needs like gaming, video and music streaming, YouTube,  game consoles, and web browsing.

D-Link says, the DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Wireless Router has “up to 14x faster speed, and 6x farther range* than 802.11G wireless routers”

A 802.11AC wireless router like the ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit 802.11AC  Router has a maximum speed of 1300Mbps, and 50% wider coverage then 802.11 N. AC is also compatible with older 802.11G/B/G/N/A wireless devices. 802.11 AC routers is best if you must have the fastest connection to stream many HD video at once, or if you have very a fast internet connection like Fiber, T3, and Wideband internet.

Sometimes it may not be your wireless router’s problem, but it is your laptop or desktop which needs a better wireless adapter to increase it’s distance and speed. You can use an inexpensive USB wireless adapter like Medialink – Wireless N USB Adapter – 802.11n – 150Mbps – 2.4ghz to make your laptop’s wireless signal go farther to connect with your wireless signal from your router, and use the 802.11N signal which is faster then G, and B if your router also uses a 802.11N signal on your router. Sadly, with tablets, and eReaders, you usually can’t replace the wireless adapter unless you are using a Windows 7 or 8 Pro tablet with USB ports. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has one of the best wireless N adapter which has dual band dual antenna wireless technology which is 40% faster then the iPad 3 wireless signal according to Amazon.com . Plus, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is also hundreds of dollars cheaper then the iPad 3, so it is the best tablet for streaming media when it comes to speed because of its Dual Band Dual Antenna features.

Kindle Fire HD also has Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology and its Wi-Fi is HD-ready for streaming HD video, and high bitrate sound. The Kindle Fire runs on Google Android 4.0 as its operating system, and there are plenty of apps which you can use to test, connect, and troubleshoot your Wi-Fi Signal, and it is also a great entertainment device for listening to music, watching movies, reading eBooks, and doing more tasks with.

A wireless extender like Netgear Universal WN3000RP Wi-Fi Range Extender can extend, and boost the signal of your wireless router’s weak signal, and make it stronger, and increase the distance of your wireless signal around your house.

Some wireless router’s let you replace the Antenna on your wireless router with a better one, but not all wireless  router have replaceable external antennae which you can replace with a third party antennae like Wireless Routers Extend Range Antenna For Linksys DLink which may have a better range, and increase your broadcast signal compared to your original antenna. Replacing your wireless router antenna is the cheapest way to extend your wireless router’s range, and speed without spending more then a few dollars.

You can put your router in an open area like a empty table where there are no metal walls, or objects blocking it.

Changing the broadcast channel of your wireless signal in your wireless router’s control panel setup program to a different number may help, and making sure the broadcast signal is set to full and extended range mode if you have those features on your router could help with extending your wireless range as well.

There are apps, and programs for your laptop, tablets, and smartphone like Wi-Fi Analyzer which helps you pick a less crowded wireless signal, so you can experience a better signal, and reliability by using a less crowded channel which the apps suggests to you to change your Wi-Fi router signal to. You can also use it to find zones in your house which has no signal, or poor signal, so you know where you need to move your Wi-Fi repeater/extender to, or to reposition your router in another place in your room.

Restarting your modem, wireless  router’s and device like computer, laptop, and tablet which is connected to your router may make your signal better. To restart your router, and modem, you just need to unplug it from the wall for a few seconds. Some modems and routers also have a restart, or on/off switch to use to restart it.

Also, make sure your router is not over heating, or getting very hot by putting it in an open area like a empty table where there is nothing blocking the sides of your modem and router. Plugging it in a power outlet which is not also being used by a fridge, fan, or other motor electronics may help as well by reducing electrical interference from motors.

Watch my video on “Optimizing wi-fi wireless network adapter and router in Windows 7 for speed” if you use Mac, and Linux, there maybe similar settings for your wireless adapter for increasing it’s power usage, and the wireless router part should increase your range for all devices like phones, tablets,PC, laptop, and eReader connected to your router.

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