Deadspot is a term referring to specific areas of your home, office, or any place where there is a very weak signal to no signal at all. It can be a frustrating experience to realize that other Wi-Fi users are getting a good signal except you. This makes troubleshooting quite a challenge since your poor signal reception can be caused by tons of different reasons.

You may want to try the following troubleshooting tips to isolate and identify the root cause of the problem — so you won’t have to deal with Wi-Fi deadspots again.

Check the Positioning


Most of the time, poor wireless signal is mainly because your wireless equipment are located in the wrong places. This is something you can do if you are experiencing deadspots in your home network. For cases on public Wi-Fi, it’s difficult to perform this since there’s nothing you can do but to transfer to a different spot. But on your home network, you can change the location of your router or wireless access point by placing them on a higher place (like on top of a shelf) or someplace where there is less wireless interference.

Electronic devices that are placed in between you and the wireless router can affect the signal strength. Examples of such devices include microwave ovens, fridges, and wireless phones. If possible, make sure that these devices are placed far away from the router as possible.

Also, check to see how many floors or dividing walls (especially the brick ones) the signal has to pass through to reach your wireless computer or device. The more floors or walls it needs to travel, the weaker the signal you’ll get. Try moving your machine within the same floor or line of sight of the router, if possible, in order to eradicate the additional interference problems.

Changing the Router or Wi-Fi Adapter’s Antenna


If your wireless computer is a desktop, the wireless adapter installed in it may have an antenna coming out of the back of the machine. If it does, then you can try rotating the antenna to a different direction and check if the signal reception will improve. If your wireless router also has an external antenna, you can also try changing the antenna’s orientation. For some, they were able to get a better signal with the antenna of the router and adapter pointed upright, while for some, pointing the antennas sideways is better when broadcasting in different floors. It actually depends on the situation of your network, it will be a trial and error method until you get the best wireless reception.

If changing the antenna’s orientation did not do the trick, you can consider getting a bigger and more powerful antenna for your router. There are many antenna substitutes that you can purchase, just make sure that you’ll get the one that is compatible with your router. You just need to unscrew the antenna from the back of the router and replace it with the new one. Even better, you can go with those stand-alone antennas with a long extension cord that plugs into your adapter. This will allow you to place the antenna midway or on the exact place where you are experiencing deadspots, so you don’t need to physically move your computer.

Use a USB Adapter

This option is helpful when your wireless router or adapter doesn’t have an external antenna, or if you’re using a laptop to get online. If your computer is a desktop, you can probably get a PCI wireless adapter, however, if you’re using a laptop or if your desktop doesn’t have any available PCI slots left, this is where USB adapters come in.

USB adapters function the same way as PCI or built-in wireless adapters, except they plug in to the USB slots. The advantage of using USB adapters is that they come in “cradles” at the end of the USB extension cables. This means you can position the USB adapter the same way as you can do to an extended cable antenna.

Use a Wi-Fi Range Extender


If you really want a solid and stronger signal even on the farthest area of your house, then you should go for a range extender for your Wi-Fi router. This definitely extends your router’s signal, and transmits signal strength the same way your router does it. You will simply place the range extender on the spot where the signal from the router is starting to deteriorate, so that it can boost it to where your desktop computer is located. This will solve the problem of having to avoid floors, walls, or other wireless devices around your house, although you still have to consider where you will be placing the range extender in order for it to relay the best connection to your devices.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:33:48 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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