Doesn't Wifi arrive? Guide to getting wifi to the whole house

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What about wifi when a house is large and we have more than one floor or the walls are thick? How to solve these issues?

Here's a little guide to fixing them, from lowest to most effective.

It is the big problem of many houses Wifi does not arrive well!

Wifi has become the most required service wherever we go, there's even who needs it before we have running water!

With the increased use of connected devices we need more and more bandwidth and in more parts of the house, but of course,

What happens when a house is large, we have more than one floor or the walls are thick?

How to solve these issues?

Here's a little guide to fixing them, from lowest to most effective.

Mejor posición para tu router en casa

1- Check that the position of the router is optimal

Many installer technicians place routers as close as possible to the home phone connection or the main computer, but this is not always the best option to cover the maximum area of the house. A first step to try is to place the router in a more central place of the house, both vertically, in the case of several floors and horizontally.

If we put it for example in a living room that is at one end of your house, the signal will have to cross many walls and distance until you reach the farthest rooms, while if you put it in the center of the house the signal will be distributed more evenly.

It is also important to place the router in a relatively high position.

And finally we have to take into account how we surround the router. It won't do much good to place the router in the middle of the house if it's inside a closet or on a false roof. The walls also limit the signal.

Canales de wifi saturados. Se muestra con wifi analyzer

2- Find the least saturated channels

Did you know that the Wi-Fi signal has a channel? With all Wi-Fi devices surrounding our lives, communications can be pretty crowded.

To ensure that devices have as little conflict as possible, channels are used to separate devices from each other and to achieve a better signal connection. Of course, the more devices you have, the more channels will be filled and, as a result, your Wi-Fi quality will be affected.

As such, it's a good idea to check the Wi-Fi channels to see what's going on.

If you want to change the Wi-Fi channel, you can do it through the router but each model does it its way, so you will have to read in the manual how to change it, it is not very complicated. It will involve logging in through the browser and changing the settings.

There are free apps like Wifi Analyzer, which analyze the status of the channels around you and tell you which channel you're on and which one is recommended right now.

Los repetidores Wifi se quedan a medias. No llegan al 100%

3- Wifi signal repeaters

If you have already tried the above options you may have chosen to put repeaters either Wifi or PLC.

Signal repeaters work when bandwidth demands are not very high or when spaces and wall width are reduced.

WiFi repeaters and PLCs are two very different types of technology that are designed to achieve the same goal: to provide an Internet connection at a longer distance.

A WiFi repeater is essentially like a small center that can be physically placed between the router and the PC to take the Router's WiFi signal and extend it to a longer distance.

A PLC adapter is two plugs, connected to the home's power grid. Power line adapters can be connected wirelessly or wired to the router and send the signal through the electrical wiring of the house, which in some cases allows you to remove the wall restriction.

The problem with these 2 options is that with neither of the 2 you are carrying 100% of the signal contracted with the operator and that with both you may have interference problems of different types.

With the options of signal repeaters and PLC you can get between 20% and 40% of the signal, depending on your needs/demand these options are insufficient.

Finally you have the wifi mesh option that consists of connecting several repeaters to each other, but this variation is still an option that does not offer 100% and costs significantly more.

4- Consider a wired installation

In the end the most reliable and highest performance is always cableing, in fact this is how the internet is transmitted all over the world, even across the oceans: with long interoceanic cables. Today this remains the most reliable and applies to our small-scale homes, also for the future.

In some cases, the ethernet cable at 1 GBPS speed has been used to wire the house but ethernet cabling is not always a feasible solution if the corresponding pipelines do not exist in the installation, which is usually the most common, so almost no one has it since the alternative is to make an expensive installation. I would have to create new pipelines or hide the cable, which is quite thick.

Red troncal de Fibra Plástica

5- The best quality/price solution: plastic fiber optics

And we come to what for us is without a doubt the best solution available on the market: Plastic Fiber Optics. The Plastic Fiber Optics or POF was used in automotive and aeronautical electronics and is a flexible and very resistant material that can be inserted through electrical channels/TV/phone that makes installation easy and fast.

Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) guarantees up to 1 Gbps and is an economical solution that can offer high speed from 1Gbps to 50m away, immune to interference and with a simple installation due to the plastic material that can be installed together with electrical cables sharing the same pipelines.

This way we can bring an internet socket to each room as if we had the router right there. In fact, it has been proven by Movistar specialists that simply installing 1 access point with Plastic Fiber Optics in a room could cover the wifi signal at home much more effectively than with the other methods mentioned above.

If you're interested in learning more about Plastic Fiber Optics, check out our installation guide or Actelser products.

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