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Moving at the speed of ... WiFi

WiFi is one of the most powerful invisible tools ever invented. Many outdoor areas, almost all coffee shops and public buildings will offer free WiFi to connect to when you’re out and about. And of course, your WiFi at home. The bliss of being able to connect your smart phone without using any of your mobile network data allowance.

And then, you’re suddenly in your back garden and your WiFi doesn’t reach! Pretty annoying, we know.

WiFi generally works well in confined areas and has a reach of about 20 metres. Generally the rule is the farther you are from the router, the lower your connectivity levels, the lower the speed. One of the most frustrating factors limiting WiFi performance is in the obstructions between the devices such as your walls at home. So now in addition to the distance between your router and your farthest point in your home you’d like to receive WiFi signal, there’s a few walls standing in the way.

Interference from other technology also plays a part in your WiFi performance. Many everyday appliances that also rely on electromagnetic waves to work, most notably your microwave, are another reason why your WiFi dips when they are on.

It’s the clash of the frequencies that cause this interference and unfortunately WiFi will behave erratically in the meantime or even worse, the Internet will stop altogether.

Newer WiFi equipment and the latest technology such as Access Points and WiFi boosters can help solve some of these issues by offering a better WiFi connectivity throughout your home. Do your research before committing to one though as some may be more compatible with certain standard routers.

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