Perfect home wifi
If your internet is slow or unreliable, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the network is down or that there’s a problem with your connection speed. Often, it’s simply a case of improving the wifi reception in your home. We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to show you how to get the best out of your wifi.
Find the ideal location
Don’t place your wifi router on the floor or in an enclosed space such as a cupboard. Ideally, your router should be slightly elevated, e.g. placed on a sideboard or mounted on the wall. We use FRITZ!Box routers, which have a groove on the underside so that you can attach them to the wall using screws or nails. Also make sure that there are no cordless phones or wireless loudspeakers in the immediate vicinity – ideally, these should be at least one metre away from the router. If your device has a moveable antenna, sometimes it’s just a simple matter of adjusting it.
Eliminate wifi interference
Any items made of metal, concrete or water that are situated between the wifi router and the receiver can impair the performance, as can other nearby transmitters (such as loudspeakers, microwaves or baby monitors). Even large plants can be a source of interference. A clear line of sight between the wifi router and the end device is a good indicator of a perfect connection.
Boost the wifi signal with a repeater
Your wifi signal will often struggle if it has to pass through several rooms, walls or even floors. The construction materials used in newer buildings can even exaggerate this weakening effect. If you are experiencing this problem, it can make sense to use one or more wifi boosters (often referred to as wifi repeaters). We recommend FRITZ!Box boosters, which are compatible with the wifi routers that we use. In combination with the intelligent Mesh function, now implemented in almost all newer wifi routers and repeaters, your signal should be able to overcome almost any obstacle.
Adjust the frequency
Your FRITZ!Box automatically selects the best frequency for optimum wifi reception. You can also select a channel manually to minimise interference from other wifi networks. To help you, the FRITZ!Box displays your personal ‘wifi environment’. Details of how to change the frequency, the channel and the name of the wifi network can be found in the step-by-step guide on the AVM website (AVM manufactures the FRITZ!Box).
Check your speed and wifi coverage
There are various helpful tools you can use to check your internet speed before and after taking these measures to optimise performance – including our own speed test. Other helpful links can be found at the bottom of this page.
The FRITZ!App WLAN for Android and iOS provides an easy way to test the signal strength at different locations around your home. This helps you to identify sources of interference and reposition the FRITZ!Box or the wifi devices as required. Also ensure that your wifi network has a customised name and that you have the latest software version installed.
Video tips from FRITZ!
In the video below, the professionals at FRITZ! cover all the above information and provide further tips on how to get the most from your wifi. (Video in German)