1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Wifi signal

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bravebat1, 21 Jan 2018.

  1. Bravebat1

    Joined:
    7 Jun 2011
    Messages:
    517
    Thanks Received:
    144
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    hi all,

    My wifi hub is located in a small cupboard dirctly under the stairs. If i was to cut a vent in the cuboard door would this improve the wifi signal in other parts of the house?

    Thanks,

    Bb1
     
  2. Iamchamps

    Joined:
    24 Sep 2016
    Messages:
    551
    Thanks Received:
    91
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If your cupboard door is made out of metal then yea maybe a little bit. Otherwise no you are wasting your time. Invest in a WiFi booster or extender you can buy cheap on amazon for £20 or so.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. big-all

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2004
    Messages:
    17,345
    Thanks Received:
    1,273
    Location:
    Surrey
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    i doubt it very much unless its full off metal over most off the surface
    does the signal strengthen if you leave the door open ??
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. RichA

    Joined:
    3 Aug 2005
    Messages:
    433
    Thanks Received:
    19
    Location:
    Surrey Hills
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Or move the hub to a more central place.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  5. Bravebat1

    Joined:
    7 Jun 2011
    Messages:
    517
    Thanks Received:
    144
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for the reply guys.

    Yes the signal improves with the door open.

    Relocation isn’t an option. The house has just been renovated and Mrs Bravebat won’t allow it.
     
  6. mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    5,404
    Thanks Received:
    251
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Also get the android app "wifi analyzer" and have a look at how many of your neighbours are using the same channel as you.
    You will be surprised, change the channel (in the router at 192.168.0.1) to something a little further away - it may make a lot of difference.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  7. big-all

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2004
    Messages:
    17,345
    Thanks Received:
    1,273
    Location:
    Surrey
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    i have my router in the front room and as an experiment moved it about 350mm onto a bracket shelf i attached to the front door this put the router in line off site off the back garden 60 foot away and virtually double the signal strength
    so may be worth moving in all direction within the cable length to give the best average
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  8. mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    5,404
    Thanks Received:
    251
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Make it so that Mrs Bravebat's signal is the worst, then find a solution that gives her a super signal - that will be acceptable :)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Bravebat1

    Joined:
    7 Jun 2011
    Messages:
    517
    Thanks Received:
    144
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Good idea!!
     
  10. By virtue that opening the door improves the signal, that tells you that it's location isn't very sensible. Just why is Mrs BB making you put it in the cupboard.

    There are small discrete boosters that you can plug into the wall socket to improve the weak signal, and there are powerline adapters that you could plug a network cable into.

    But at the end of the day, what is the point of having WiFi, and not being able to use it properly.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    5,404
    Thanks Received:
    251
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Another suggestion is to put Mrs Bravebat in the cupboard, although what will more likely happen is that you get shut in there :)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  12. Halfwayowl

    Joined:
    17 Jan 2018
    Messages:
    24
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    At least Bravebat1 will get a good signal in the cupboard.....
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. ban-all-sheds

    Joined:
    27 Aug 2003
    Messages:
    66,245
    Thanks Received:
    2,754
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    See also https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.p...te-owners-bad-powerline-network-adapters.html

    https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/TalkTalk-TV/powerline-adapters/td-p/1736914

    Seriously, these devices are dreadful, they ought to be banned, nobody should be using them.
     
  14. motorbiking

    Joined:
    31 May 2016
    Messages:
    2,773
    Thanks Received:
    335
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If its in a cupboard try a foil reflector to make it more directional youtube is full of examples.
     
  15. Nozzle

    Joined:
    23 Dec 2012
    Messages:
    1,698
    Thanks Received:
    193
    Location:
    Suffolk
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Youtube is definitely full of something....

    Nozzle
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page