Improve your wi-fi signal at home: Is your router in the right place?

Fed up of a weak wi-fi signal? It could be as simple as a poorly positioned router. Follow our seven tips and watch our video to finding the perfect spot…

Wi-fi is a fantastic invention, you can access the internet almost anywhere and on lots of different devices.  Sit in bed and watch The Crown on Netflix, play Xbox Live from your sofa or stream internet radio in the kitchen.

But there will be occasions when you struggle to get a decent wi-fi signal. There are many reasons for this – if your house is large, the wi-fi signal may struggle to reach far corners, for example – but the problem could be that your router is in the wrong position.

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Start by turning your router off for a few minutes, then on again. If that doesn’t work, then follow these tips to find the perfect place for your router.  

 

Where to put your wi-fi router

Tip 1: Find a central location: Place it in the middle of your home rather than at one end. Solid surfaces slow down wi-fi speeds and this reduces the number of walls it has to go through.

Tip 2: Make sure it’s away from thick walls: The thicker the wall, the harder it is for the wi-fi signal to pass through.

Tip 3: Don’t put it on the floor: Try and position it on a shelf or table. Wi-fi signals go down as well as up, so if you put it on the floor, a proportion of the signal will go through the floorboards.

Tip 4: Ensure it’s visible: The more you can see your router, the better the signal. If you put it in a cupboard, wi-fi speed and distance the signal can travel will reduce.

Tip 5: Avoid windows:  Place the router near a window and some of the signal will be sent outside.

Tip 6: Keep it away from your TV: Metal objects can reflect your signal, dispersing it.

Tip 7: Steer clear of fish tanks: It sounds strange, but water can absorb the wi-fi signal, reducing the distance it can travel

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Boost your wi-fi signal with BT Complete Wi-Fi 

Complete Wi-Fi delivers wall-to-wall coverage around your home and is backed by a guarantee you won’t get from any other broadband provider – the guarantee of a strong wi-fi signal in every room.

Clever new Wi-Fi Discs extend your Smart Hub’s signal to every corner of the home - whatever the size and shape it is. So getting online from has never been easier.

Unlike wi-fi extenders you can buy on the high street, Complete Wi-Fi technology creates a single, smart network in your home by connecting Wi-Fi Discs with your Smart Hub.  Your devices will automatically connect to the hub or disc with the strongest signal, guaranteeing a flawless wi-fi connection.

Not only will you get wall-to-wall coverage, you’ll also get faster wi-fi speeds so you should be able to stream HD content anywhere in your home.  A 4+ bedroom home could see an increase in wi-fi speeds of up to 25% around the home with just 1 Wi-Fi Disc.

Our app is clever stuff. It helps you manage your wi-fi network to make sure you’re getting the strongest signal around your home.  It’ll even work out where to put your Wi-Fi Disc, and check the strength of your wi-fi signal in every room.

It’s available for new Superfast and Ultrafast Fibre customers for £10 a month. If you’ve got BT Plus, you can get Complete Wi-Fi now for just £5 a month, just sign up via My BT. Sign up and we’ll send you our new generation Smart Hub and one Wi-Fi Disc.

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*Compared to routers from other major broadband provides in the UK ** For BT customers ***With Complete Wi-Fi we’ll automatically send you our new generation Smart Hub and one Wi-Fi Disc to extend your wi-fi signal around your home. This is enough for most homes to get a signal everywhere.  But if this doesn’t give you signal in every room, we’ll send up to two more Wi-Fi Discs free of charge. If you still don’t have signal in every room, you can get £20 back.

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