The internet is considered a necessity in any home. While people prioritize speed, WiFi range is important as well. Even if you have a great internet plan, there are times that your connectivity drops when you use the internet in a certain area at home.
Connection drops are the usual symptoms of WiFi dead spots. These are areas where signal strength dips significantly and is commonly caused by thick walls and objects causing interference (ie. furniture).
Here are tips on how to deal with WiFi dead spots:
Factor in the size of your home and possible obstructions. A WiFi router’s range is typically rated up to 100 meters. However, it can be lowered due to the aforementioned factors above. It’s best to take them into consideration before permanently mounting your router and modem. This alone can make a huge difference in terms of connectivity range.
Invest in a good router. While internet service providers include a modem with a built-in WiFi router, it has a limited set of features. On average, these combo modems can accommodate up to 10 devices at a time and you may experience signal drops here and there if you go beyond that.
There are a number of decent routers out there depending on your budget. One of our recommended buys is Xiaomi’s Mi Router 3: At Php 1,190, it is a 4-antenna router that can handle up to 60 devices at speeds of up to 100mbps. In addition, it supports both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band—the latter gives you faster data rates at a shorter range, while the former gives a broader WiFi range.
Add WiFi signal enhancers if needed. If you live in a large house, and a dedicated router doesn’t do the trick, you might need to invest in WiFi repeaters that can boost your router’s signal so that it reaches other areas at home.
You can install as many as you need to ensure that your home is fully connected to the internet. They are not that expensive, as there are a number of options for under a thousand Pesos.
Get a plan that has everything you need. If setting up your internet connection at home is a little intimidating, you might want to consider PLDT’s Whole Home WiFi. For Php 3499 a month, they’ll send the Home Geek Squad to help you set up your home internet—from routers to signal repeaters to cabling—on top of a 50mbps internet connection.
While it may be pricey, PLDT’s Whole Home WiFi save you time and effort in ensuring that your home is fully connected.