If your WiFi router is slow, try placing it in one of the most recommended locations to see if you can get a free speed boost.
Placing your router in the optimal location for your home can make a world of difference.
According to the experts at All Connect, there are three top spots to try your router.
We’ve summarized them below and highlighted any exceptions.
ON THE COAT
The first place All Connect recommends is: “On a mantelpiece in a central living or family room.”
It’s great to have your router as centrally located in the house as possible.
If you use most of your devices in the living room, the WiFi router can increase the speed there.
Just make sure there are no signal-blocking objects like metal objects, wireless speakers, or baby monitors on the mantel.
Also, the next recommended place is to keep the router central.
All Connect says to place your device: “On a small coffee table strategically placed in a central hallway or living space.”
The higher the router the better as the WiFi signals are transmitted downwards. Therefore, do not place your router on the floor.
The only exception to the floor rule is if you live in a house with two floors or more.
If that’s the case, you may find that placing it on the floor upstairs sends signals down and to devices upstairs.
All Connect recommends placing the router: “On the second floor landing if you don’t have a basement.”
Keep in mind that underfloor heating or reinforced concrete in walls can affect your WiFi signal.
You need to ensure that the signals can penetrate any material you place the router next to.