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How To Maximize WiFi Coverage

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How To Maximize WiFi Coverage
How To Maximize WiFi Coverage

Are you tired of dead zones and weak signals disrupting your online activities at home? Fear not! With the right setup and strategic placement, you can ensure seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your entire house. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to distribute Wi-Fi effectively, so you can enjoy uninterrupted connectivity for all your devices.

 

1. Assess Your Current Setup:

Before diving into improvements, it's essential to understand your current Wi-Fi situation. Conduct a thorough assessment to identify dead zones and areas with weak signals. You can use various tools and apps to map out signal strength across different parts of your home.

 

2. Make Sure You have the Right Data Plan

We recommend 500Mbps or better plan.

 

3. Upgrade Your Router:

Investing in a high-quality router is the cornerstone of a reliable Wi-Fi network.

 

4. The 4 Utilities.

·       Electric

·       Gas

·       Water

·       Internet

Typically, utilities come into one of the corners of your house closest to the street.  Bravo AV or the houses original builders will create a Head-end location somewhere int the basement use for distribution of:

·       Phone

·       Network

·       TV distribution

Sometimes, especially for older houses, there will be no ethernet wiring run and we will have to run CAT 6 wire and/or fiber throughout the house.  To learn more about wire types see our article Bravo Av’s Cable Approach.

 

5. Types of Wireless networks

There are three ways to distribute Wi-Fi throughout your house.

1.     Extenders, boosters or repeaters.  We do not recommend this solution.

2.     Mesh Network

3.     Star or Hub and spoke network.


Mesh

Mesh networks are fine for smaller houses and less demanding requirements.  A major benefit to this type of network is that it does not require that the WAPs be wired.

 

Star

Star topology networks are the best for bigger houses and more demanding environments.  This requires an ethernet wire to be run from the head-end location to the WAP location.

Pros:

Low Latency: Wired connections offer lower latency and higher speeds compared to wireless connections, making them ideal for gaming and streaming.

Control: With a central router, you have full control over network settings and security protocols.

Reliability: Wired connections are less susceptible to interference and signal degradation compared to wireless connections.

 

6. Strategic Placement:

One needs to place the WAPs around the house strategically so that the whole house and outdoors will have good Wi-Fi coverage.  See appendix for diagram.

 

7. Optimize Wi-Fi Settings:

Bravo AV will fine-tune your WAPs for optimal performance. Adjusting channels, bandwidth, and security settings can enhance Wi-Fi stability and speed.

 

Conclusion:

By hiring Bravo AV and following these steps and leveraging the right technology, you can transform your home into a Wi-Fi paradise. Say goodbye to dead zones and hello to seamless connectivity for all your devices. Whether you're streaming movies, gaming online, or working remotely, a robust Wi-Fi network ensures you stay connected wherever you are in your home.

 

What to know more?

Check out Bravo AV’s other articles about computer networks.

1.     Networking Overview

2.     Routers - The top Functions

3.     Routers - High speed Processors & RAM

4.     Routers - Dual WAN Failover

5.     ISP

6.     ISP Data Plans

7.     What Is Wi-Fi

8.     Wi-Fi distribution

9.     Heat Mapping

 

Why Bravo AV

 

We are a one-stop shop. We have relationships with carpenters, painters, electricians, etc., to provide anything you need to create your perfect project.

 

Continue learning with our Comprehensive Guides on Network and Wi-Fi Solutions:



Contact 

Bravo AV 80 Morristown Rd.

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Tel. (908) 953-0555


Tom Curnin, the owner of Bravo AV, is a CEDIA Professional Designer, a certified THX Level 1 home theater professional, and a member of the Home Acoustic Alliance trained to Level II. You can contact Tom directly at (908) 953-0555 or through email at Tom@BravoAV.com.


Last updated July 13, 2024

 

 

 

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