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how to strengthen wifi signal

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how to strengthen wifi signal

the wifi signal about 30 feet away from the router and separated by two to three walls is very slow and sometimes loses connection.

i have lower end internet at 5mbps down and 1mbps(or .5) up. my router is some d-link device that i got at bestbuy some years ago.

is this a router issue?

how can i make the internet more usable at the other end of the apartment?
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Try changing channels?
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Upgrade your router.
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Look into getting a mesh router. Since you are in an apartment, there are plenty of other routers around you that is most likely causing interference as well.
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Wifi repeater worked for me. Wifi was weak on the third level. Router was at ground level. A repeater in the 2nd floor worked wonders.
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Location is important. If the signal has to travel around corners it could a problem. Have the router out in the open if it is not already.

I have mine by a window and it works two floors up and 50+ feet away around my house.

I have a very old and cheap router (TP-Link N450).
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What worked for me was to turn off automatic wifi channel selection on my router and to manually select the least used channel in my building.
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I would try installing a pair of powerline adapters to move the router to the middle location in your apartment.

Is your router support 5GHz band ?
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Upgrade your service to at least 50mbps, i actually don't think there will be a price increase. heck you might be able to get 100mbps for the same price. Rogers or Bell will give you a new modem/router and you can probably use the router that comes built in. Might solve your issue if you don't want to buy a new router.
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There might be some concrete behind the walls that is causing the interference and/or your neighbours' wifi signal.

I would suggest to move your router to a more central location and out in the open.

For an apartment, you shouldn't need to upgrade your router unless it's dying since apartments and condos are pretty small to begin with. I would leave this suggestion as a last resort.
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r1lee wrote: Upgrade your service to at least 50mbps, i actually don't think there will be a price increase. heck you might be able to get 100mbps for the same price. Rogers or Bell will give you a new modem/router and you can probably use the router that comes built in. Might solve your issue if you don't want to buy a new router.
How would upgrading internet affect wifi at all?
If OP's connection sucks now, they'll suck even worse but faster with an upgrade.
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ausername wrote: the wifi signal about 30 feet away from the router and separated by two to three walls is very slow and sometimes loses connection.

i have lower end internet at 5mbps down and 1mbps(or .5) up. my router is some d-link device that i got at bestbuy some years ago.

is this a router issue?

how can i make the internet more usable at the other end of the apartment?
What is the model number. I can check the RF power of that model !
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death_hawk wrote: How would upgrading internet affect wifi at all?
If OP's connection sucks now, they'll suck even worse but faster with an upgrade.
if you read my message again, i clearly state that he/she mind as well upgrade the internet as I'm sure there will be no cost difference. With the upgraded internet, most modems come with the built in router, the OP can use that to see if its any better then the Dlink unit they are currently using, therefore don't have to pay anything.


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How long has this been going on for? as this internet connection is like a century old. Was it not giving issues before?
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r1lee wrote: With the upgraded internet, most modems come with the built in router, the OP can use that to see if its any better then the Dlink unit they are currently using, therefore don't have to pay anything.
Yeah... modem router combos aren't exactly known for good routers.
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r1lee wrote: if you read my message again, i clearly state that he/she mind as well upgrade the internet as I'm sure there will be no cost difference. With the upgraded internet, most modems come with the built in router, the OP can use that to see if its any better then the Dlink unit they are currently using, therefore don't have to pay anything.


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How long has this been going on for? as this internet connection is like a century old. Was it not giving issues before?
Hi r1lee, the poor wifi signal has only been identified since the family got new smart phones. before then, internet was not needed in the far end room.
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EdT586 wrote: What is the model number. I can check the RF power of that model !
Hello EdT586. apologies for late reply.
the model number is D-Link DIR 605L
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ausername wrote: the wifi signal about 30 feet away from the router and separated by two to three walls is very slow and sometimes loses connection.

i have lower end internet at 5mbps down and 1mbps(or .5) up. my router is some d-link device that i got at bestbuy some years ago.

is this a router issue?

how can i make the internet more usable at the other end of the apartment?
Mount the router as high and as centrally as you can. The signal from most wi-fi routers is a doughnut shape so there may be some deadspots. You can put an app on your phone (I use Wi-Fi Analyzer) and move around to determine best locations and channels. Also check the channels your neighbours' wi-fi are using and get away from those.

Last resort is to throw hardware at the problem before trying these no cost (or very low cost) solutions.
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Try the 2.4ghz, it has better range than 5ghz but slower speed. For 5mbps max speed shouldn't have issues speed wise.
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if it has an antenna then move that around and see if that helps. That and different channels can help. If there is a large metal or pipes for water in the walls then you wont be happy no matter what you do.

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