A WiFi dead zone is an area where you cannot get a strong WiFi signal. Maybe it’s the basement of your house or the middle of the forest, but either way, you can’t get WiFi in that area, and it can be a big problem if you need to access something on the Internet while there. Thankfully, there are some ways you can fix this issue to continue working and staying online no matter where you are. Here are seven ways to secure your WiFi connection in a WiFi dead zone.
Place Your Modem in an Elevated Position
A simple solution for eliminating these dead zones is to place your modem in an elevated position—on top of a bookshelf or entertainment center. This will allow it to broadcast a stronger signal throughout your home and eliminate any dead spots you might be experiencing.
Portable Data Hotspot
If you’re traveling or at an airport and need Internet access, it’s easy to find places that offer free WiFi. But if you want to be able to connect on your terms—without signing up for a monthly service plan—you can turn your smartphone into a portable data hotspot.
Use Powerline Adapters (or Cables)
Powerline adapters use your home’s existing electrical wiring as a network connection. They can connect two devices across rooms or floors—and even through walls. If you don’t have access to Ethernet cables, powerline adapters are an easy way to get connected.
Check Your Channel Settings
You’ll want to check your settings when adding a new streaming channel. In OBS, head to Settings > Stream and select your relevant platform. Here, you can ensure that your Bitrate is set high enough for smooth streaming but not so high that it creates unnecessary lag.
Change the Protocol from 802.11b to 802.11g/n
According to Travelwifi: Secure, Flexible and Dependable WiFi Services, 802.11b is an old wireless network standard. So if you’re having issues with your wireless connection, you can change it to a more current protocol. Unfortunately, older networks may also have higher latency and less throughput than newer protocols. If you don’t know what that means, remember that changing from 802.11b to another standard will improve your connection speed and stability.
Use DDWRT Router Firmware (instead of what’s provided by default)
Installing third-party firmware (like DD-WRT) on your router gives you more control over your wireless network. By installing these additional features and settings, you can create an extra layer of security that hackers won’t be able to penetrate. You’ll also have access to advanced features like QoS.
Use Separate Routers for Different Floors
If you have multiple floors in your home, it might be worth investing in multiple routers. This way, people on different floors can connect wirelessly without interfering. Using one router for two or more floors is possible, but that may not always work.
Some situations present dead spots for your wireless network, so these strategies can help beef up your WiFi coverage. If none of these ideas works, upgrading your router or purchasing a portable data hotspot for a better range might be time.