How to Deal with Dead Wifi Zone At Home

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With most Singaporeans living in small apartments, it’s not common for them to lose a WiFi signal from their router, since it’s usually just metres away.

However, weak WiFi signal, which to some people is as bad as constipation, will still bother some people due to either interferences or bad router placement. These areas, known as a wireless dead zone, might receive 4G signal as usual but for some reason just couldn’t find the WiFi signal.

Now, what if you have a wireless dead zone area in an area that you use your smartphone very regularly, like in the kitchen? Are you just going to resign to your fate?

Well, fret not. There’re actually ways to eliminate dead zones, and you don’t even need to buy anything extra.

Firstly, you have to know what causes the wireless dead zone: it’s highly unlikely that the walls or doors could have blocked the signal, or that you’re too far from the router—in an apartment, these won’t have been an issue. Instead, one of the key problems is an interference.

Think of it this way: the WiFi signal floats into your dead zone, but is somewhat being sucked into a black hole within the wireless dead zone. They’re all invisible, so all you have been doing is to curse and swear at the doors, walls and even the router, when they’re completely innocent.

Instead, you have to find the source of that “black hole”. It’s not easy, but once you’ve found it, your wireless dead zone might just become your favourite spot in the house.

Position of Antenna
Before you start, you’ll have to look at your router’s antenna: is it pointing upwards, or is it pointing to another direction? Make sure it’s pointing upwards, because if you point it somewhere, the coverage on the pointed area will be better; and that means you’ve essentially contributed to a wireless dead zone on the other side.

Locating the “black hole”
Check the router’s position. If your dead zone is to the left of your route, and there is the usual culprit like metal cabinet, wireless phone or microwave oven between the dead zone and the router, chances are, these innocent objects might have become the black holes you’ve been searching for. Change the position of these objects instead of hacking down your wall.

Interferences from your neighbour
If all of these fail, then it could be that your wireless dead zone is caused by interferences from your neighbour’s WiFi signal. For all you know, their router could be just next to your dead zone, and interfering badly with your signal. If that’s the case, follow the instructions here to change your channel.

What if doing all of these still doesn’t work? Well, if you can survive with a wireless dead zone, then you’ll just have to make do with it. If not, you might have to buy a WiFi booster. Still not bad an investment since the Internet is our life, eh?

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