To coin the phrase of our realtor friends, “Location, location, location” also applies to Wi-Fi—specifically the placement of wireless access points (or antennas). In general, Wi-Fi works best higher up and centrally-located.
In many homes that we enter, the router ‘tries’ to provide Wi-Fi to the house even though it is usually located in the basement or in an office located on one side of the house. The signal is weak, so then customers purchase plug-in repeaters or boosters to try to improve their signal strength. And while their signal strength is much higher, they still don’t understand why their download speeds are even slower!
From our experience, it is best to disable the radio in the router and have strategically-placed wireless access points (or antennas). In a smaller home, usually one in the 2nd floor center of the house provides excellent coverage. For larger homes, two may be required as well as in lower floors. These wireless access points are actually not wireless—they are hardwired back to the router location using a Cat5e/Cat6 network cable or an unused coax cable. So (unlike plug-in boosters) when you connect your tablet or laptop to one of our wireless access points (which is directly connected to the router), you are essentially directly-connected to the router for maximum speed! Oh, and they are made to look great in your home too!