So you’re having trouble with your wireless network.
Do you live in a big building? Maybe you share wireless internet with lots of others? Or perhaps you like to use your laptop or tablet computer out in the back garden. Maybe you’ve got rooms in your house where wireless internet just can’t reach, no matter what you try.
Every environment is different and sometimes changing the settings on your modem or moving it to a new location just isn’t enough to improve your wireless signal.
We know some of our customers experience issues with this and we’ve been busy at work on a solution!
Good news – our Wireless Extender is here!
The iiNet Labs team is very proud to unveil our new Wireless Extender. This nifty device can help you extend the current coverage of your wireless network.
It’s a simple process:
1) Place the Wireless Extender next to your current wireless modem
2) Press the WPS button on your Wireless Extender.
3) Then press the Wireless Protected System (WPS) key on the Wireless modem or Wireless Router. If you do not have WPS on your modem, you can follow the manual setup wizard process in the brochure that comes with your modem.
4) Once the iiNet Wireless Extender is connected to the Wireless modem, you simply move the Wireless Extender to a location between the modem and the dead spots within your home. As soon as the signal LED illuminates on the Wireless Extender you should now experience better coverage within your Wireless network.
There’s more information about the Wireless Extender on our website.
Don’t forget, there are lots of other things you can do to improve wireless network coverage in your home:
Find a good home for your wireless modem
Most people keep their wireless modem tucked out of sight but remember, your wireless modem has to work harder the more walls and furniture it needs to travel through.
Maximise your wireless network’s potential by putting your wireless modem somewhere central in your home so the signal is closer to where it needs to be.
Another handy tip is to put your modem on a high shelf on the ground floor of your home. Radio waves transmit better downwards than upwards and this will give you a stronger signal both upstairs and downstairs.
Make life easier for your modem!
As well as thick walls and floors, there are lots of materials that make life harder for wireless signal to travel. Metal, home electronics and furniture can interfere with wireless signal and leads to a weaker connection.
Time to upgrade that modem?
Older modems often run on an older wireless protocol. If it’s been a while since you last upgraded your modem you might not be getting the high speeds more modern modems can achieve.
Choose a new channel
Did you know that Australia has thirteen different wireless channels to choose from? You might be on a busy channel, which means you’re sharing the same frequency with lots of other people. Try out other channels to find one with the best connection for you. Hopefully with these handy hints your wireless internet will be smooth sailing!
If you’ve got a tip for making the most of your wireless network, pop it in the comments below.