If you have a wireless Internet signal in your home, you can connect more than one device to the same Internet connection without running Ethernet cables to each device. Since the wireless network is sent through the air, the strength of the wireless signal affects how often you can connect to the Internet. If your wireless signal strength isn’t strong enough to keep you connected to the Internet, there are a few easy steps you can take to find the problem and boost your signal strength.
Reset all devices. Most problems with the Internet, like a weak wireless signal, can often be fixed by turning off and on all the devices in the network. Find the power cords for your modem and wireless router and unplug them. If your modem and router are built into one device, you only need to unplug the power cord. Unplug them for 30 seconds, then plug them back in and start your computer again. When your computer is done restarting, check the strength of your wireless signal to see if it has gotten better. If it hasn’t, you’ll need to do more troubleshooting.
Move either your computer or your router closer to your wireless router. Wireless routers don’t have a range that goes on forever. Your computer may only be getting a weak signal from your wireless network because it is too far away from the router. Usually, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will install your modem in a certain spot in your house. Since the modem won’t work in other spots, you may not be able to move the modem or modem/router combination. If this is the case, you might have to move the computer to a place where the wireless router’s signal can reach it. If the signal strength is still weak, there may be a problem with your router.
Contact the company that made your router’s technical support department. When a router doesn’t work, it’s often not because it’s broken or faulty, but because of something much simpler, like the router needing a firmware update or having the wrong setting in its internal setup. If the company that makes your router can’t improve your wireless signal strength, it might be time to buy a new one.
You should buy a new router. Prices for wireless routers depend in part on how far their wireless signals reach (in other words, the more expensive the router you buy, the larger a wireless signal the router will broadcast). Each wireless router comes with a rough estimate of how many square feet of space its wireless network can cover. As a general rule, you should know how big your house is and buy a router that can handle that size. So long as the router is working well, you will have a strong wireless signal throughout your whole home.