Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Wi-Fi Signal Strength

When the Internet stops, our whole world stops which is why in today’s world – a strong Wi-Fi signal is key to a happy home! That said many things could have an impact on your Wi-Fi signal strength. From interference caused by other devices to the radio frequency range available, even building materials can play a role in killing your wireless signal. In fact, your Wi-Fi connection might drop unexpectedly for no obvious reason. Things including insufficient Wi-Fi network range and power, Wi-Fi radio interference and network overload can all have an impact on your Wi-Fi performance. The performance of a wireless network connection depends greatly on radio signal strength. In fact, on the path between the access point and connected device, the signal strength in each direction determines the data rate available on that link.

If all of this sounds like Greek to you, do not worry you are not alone. It is a fact that most people think by simply having paid for fast Internet and installing the router provided by their ISP, their network should be fast. But what your Internet provider never tells you is the solution they provided is a one-size-fits-all. A solution that does not account for the square footage of your home, the materials used to build your home, channel congestion, or the amount of devices all vying for bandwidth on your home’s wireless network just to name a few. With this in mind, we offer some insight on understanding what impacts Wi-Fi signal strength.

Building materials like concrete, stucco, and metal studs can degrade signal strength…

Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Metal Studs

Metal Studs Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Concrete/Brick Walls

Concrete or Brick Walls Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Kitchen Area

Kitchen Area Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Cordless Phone

Cordless Phones Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Nanny Cam

Nanny Cams Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Microwave

Microwave Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Wireless Audio

Wireless Audio System Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

A basic Wi-Fi wireless home network can be assembled fairly quickly. However, the performance of a Wi-Fi network can decline for a number of reasons. Many homeowners aren’t aware of the options available to maintain a network and make it better over time. In fact, most people do not account for or even consider how the square footage, building materials, and other common sources of Wi-Fi signal strength interference have an impact on their wireless system when building their home network. It happens to many people because we assume our Internet service provider’s job is to make sure the network is working.

In many cases, when the signal is not strong enough throughout a home many people end up paying for more speed, which will not help if things like square footage, building materials, and the amount of devices connecting to the network have not been considered. It may be strong near the router but when you get to your second floor, your Wi-Fi signal is either weak, or non-existant. Remember, the router provided by your ISP needs to be the first thing you change, and for every 1,500 feet you must add a WAP if you want your signal to be strong no matter where you are in your home.

How Building Materials Affect Wi-Fi Signal 

Most common building materials reduce Wi-Fi signal strength: 

3dB loss = 1/2 of original strength 

6dB loss = 1/4 of original strength 

10dB loss = 1/9 of original strength

How Building Materials Affect Wi-Fi Signal

Testing Your Internet Speed

Comparing It With What You Are Paying For

Regardless of the company providing your Internet service, it is important to know if you are getting what you pay for. To see if you are getting what you pay for simply perform the test from your smartphone in every room of your home.

How To Perform The Test:

  • No matter where you are testing from the way to perform the test is the same
    • Simply click on start test and wait for your results

Where To Test:

How Wi-Fi Channels Work

How Wi-Fi Channels Work

Wi-Fi network equipment including client devices and routers communicate over specific wireless channels. Similar to the channels on your TV, each Wi-Fi channel is designated by a number that represents a specific radio communication frequency. If you are spending money for high-speed Internet and not getting what you expected or your Wi-Fi network was working fine when suddenly you started to experience slow Wi-Fi data rates, not only is it your wireless router but also the channel you are using. By selecting the proper Wi-Fi channel you can significantly improve your Wi-Fi coverage as well as performance. That said, properly configuring a Wi-Fi network is more than plugging in the router and hoping for fast, reliable Wi-Fi.

In the 2.4 GHz band, 1, 6, and 11 are the only non-overlapping channels. Selecting one or more of these channels is an important part of setting up your network correctly. Many wireless routers today will automatically select the channel for you upon initial setup, where depending on your wireless environment, it could lead to slow Wi-Fi speeds and interference. As an example, many home networks in the United States utilize routers that by default, run on channel 6 (2.4 GHz). And, when neighboring Wi-Fi home networks run over the same channel, they generate radio interference. This can cause significant network performance slowdowns for everyone running on that channel.

2.4 vs 5 GHz Performance vs Reliability 

2.4 GHz 5 GHz
Operating Distance Travels farther Less range
Speed Slower Much Faster
Interference Very high Low
Barriers Less signal loss More signal loss

Time to Upgrade

You may be thinking, why spend money on something your ISP gives you for free? Or you may be the type who thinks it does not matter if your router is outdated. Unfortunately, this leads to a situation where the important but ignored ISP provided router ends up being the source of your degraded Internet connection. Leading to a bad user experience for everyone at home. This happens because most homeowners are accustomed to using networking hardware provided by their Internet service provider or consumer brands found at a local retailer. But, the problem with this type of equipment is the fact that they are built for a one-size-fits-all approach. As a result, it compromises the speed, performance, and reliability of your wireless network. REMEMBERWi-Fi and Internet speed are two different things. While your ISP (Internet Service Provider) determines your maximum Internet speed (the speed you pay for), your wireless router is what has the most significant impact on your Wi-Fi speed. If you are tired of having a slow unreliable wireless connection at home, it may be time for an upgrade!

Araknis Networks Finally, a network that actually works.

Araknis Networks®

Finally, a network that actually works!

The best home network is one you never notice. Movies and music are best enjoyed uninterrupted, which is why Araknis makes sure their products deliver a fast and reliable connection with every use. A smart network makes for a smart home. With Araknis, you’ll enjoy all the advantages of a business-grade network, right in your home. Araknis products provide the speed and dependability your family needs to effortlessly browse the web, stream music, play videos, and more.

WIRELESS ACCESS POINTS (WAPS)

Araknis designs its wireless access points to be fast, reliable, and hassle-free, because the best network is one you never notice. And with four distinct series, plus an outdoor option, it’s easy for us to design a home network that fits your specific needs. Keep your Wi-Fi signal strong with Araknis Networks®. A fast and reliable WAP ensures optimum performance with your wireless devices, and allows you and your family to enjoy uninterrupted Internet browsing, video, and music streaming. You can even schedule or restrict Wi-Fi access as you see fit.

ROUTERS

Araknis Networks® understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity, which is why they focus on one thing: making your net work. When it comes to networking, every second counts. An embedded firewall supports Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), Denial of Service (DoS) prevention, WAN Request Blocking, and OpenVPN. Its layers of network security make it harder for hackers to attack, so your private data stays safe. And with multiple content filtering levels, you can ensure your household has a safe browsing experience

SWITCHES

Araknis understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity. Whether it’s media streaming, surveillance, teleworking, or file sharing – they have professional-grade switches that provide fast, reliable network connections for all your devices. In addition to high-speed reliability, Shultz Audio Video can troubleshoot any issues quickly and remotely, ensuring optimal performance at all times. Discover Araknis – the network that works for you, not against you.

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