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

[Read more: How to connect your favourite gadgets to wi-fi]

Woman on sofa with router in the background

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

Complete Wi-Fi is a new offering from BT that helps you get wi-fi coverage throughout your home – even in previous blackspots.

Available exclusively to BT Plus customers, it uses Wi-Fi Discs, which you position in your home to extend your hub’s signal. Unlike broadband extenders, it creates a single, smart network, so as you move through your house, your device will automatically connect to the hub or disc with the strongest signal, so you can enjoy a flawless connection.

You can manage your wi-fi network from the palm of your hand using the My BT app, which shows you where to put each disc and helps ensure you are getting the best signal.

We guarantee a strong wi-fi signal in every room of your home

Complete Wi-Fi is available exclusively to BT Plus customers for just £5 a month. Join and we’ll send you our new generation Smart Hub, along with one Wi-Fi Disc. 

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*Compared to routers from other major broadband provides in the UK ** For BT customers

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