We like to think that having Internet service where we live means we'll be able to access it no matter where we are inside. If only this were true! Say you're converting one of the upstairs bedrooms into an office. You've got your furniture aesthetically arranged. Your favorite artwork is on the walls to inspire you. Your computer, monitors and speakers are all set up. You're proud of the space you've created and are ready to get some work done. You go to connect to the Internet, and there's either no connection or it's so slow for a page to load you think you're going to scream. So much for taking care of business.
A couple things are at play here, which may or may not be in your control. As Kevin Purdy explains over at lifehacker.com, where you place the router—in a more central location as opposed to the corner of the house; in a more elevated position rather than nearer to the floor—is more within your control. The types of materials that stand between it and your devices—obstructing materials like concrete partitions, metal structures from your HVAC system, or even the chicken wire that used to come standard in older plaster walls—are not. Such materials act like a lead blanket to prevent signal transmission. See one of our previous blog posts for ways to hack the signal strength of the router you already have (i.e., where you can place it and what common household items you can use to better direct its signal).
Another block to better Wi-Fi, as Aaron Mamiit discusses at techtimes.com, is the radio frequency signals emitted from electronics like microwaves or cordless phones, which water down your connection. Because many of these appliances operate near the same frequency the router does, giving your router an appropriate distance from them should improve the connection.
Beyond this, though, a Manhattan Wireless Range Extender will solve the problem. Having determined that the signal doesn't reach where you are, here are the three steps to Wi-Fi freedom. Plug the range extender into the wall; pair it with your router using the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button or through your Wi-Fi settings manually; the Range Extender rebroadcasts the Wi-Fi signal out to the dead spots in your house. It's that simple. To be clear, the Range Extender won't increase the speed of your Wi-Fi; it just brings the Internet speed you have to where it isn't already in your home. Additionally, the best practice for placing a range extender is in an area where the router's signal is still fairly decent.
The three models we offer relay your Wi-Fi at the 150 Mbps (n, g & b) standard, the 300 Mbps N (and backward) standard or at the simultaneously broadcasted N and 433 Mbps AC standard speeds. Our 150-Mbps model is fast and works best in smaller environments. The 300 Mbps model doubles speed capacity and offers better throughput. Both the 150 and 300 Mbps models function at the 2.4 GHz frequency, which should be fine for expanding your Wi-Fi coverage. The AC750 is the most impressive and offers broadcast and reception of data at both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, making your Internet connection much more "solid." It's the choice for anyone with a wireless AC router. We purposefully tailored all three options to the various environments and situations you may encounter in your home. Find the one that's right for you.
Don't abandon your perfect home office for lack of Internet. A wireless Range Extender by Manhattan lets you embrace your space and get work done.