It’s a known fact that Wi-Fi signal does not get along well with passing through many walls and doors, which is why some of us have to deal with the inconvenience of having poor Wi-Fi signal if they get too far away from the router.
However, thanks to startup Plume, the old-fashioned Wi-Fi router you have at home can be replaced with little cloud-based pods that will perform much better and offer you much stronger Wi-Fi signals.
There’s no doubt the concept is great, but it also sets you back $234 for a system including six Pods. Plume says this is the perfect amount of pods for a two- to three-bedroom house. At that price, though, the Wi-Fi system might be out of reach for a lot of consumers.
If you cannot afford to pay that kind of money for the Plume Pods, there are other things you can do to get rid of the frustrating slowdowns in your Wi-Fi connection at home. Here are some tricks that can help you improve your router.
- Even though routers are not necessarily pretty, that does not mean you should hide them. In fact, the opposite might help you get a better connection; make sure the router is located in an open space with few obstructions surrounding it.
Ideally, routers should be placed on an elevated space, such as the top of a cabinet, and in the center of the house to get the best reach all around.
- Make sure you are on an uncrowded channel – preferably, one that other networks, such as your neighbor’s – are not using also. You need to get into the router’s Wi-Fi settings to change channels.
- Your network connection can also be weakened by using up the bandwidth with data-heavy activities – like downloading massive files, or streaming HD videos. This can be prevented by encouraging the family members to do these activities when nobody else is actively using the network, such as at night.
- If your family members are not the data-eating party, maybe others are using up the network’s bandwidth, such as neighbors. Keep out unwanted Wi-Fi users by changing passwords every once in a while.
But then again, if your pocket is deep enough and you can afford Plume’s Wi-Fi Pods, go ahead and buy them.
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