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10 Science-Backed Tricks to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home

10 Science-Backed Tricks to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home

Life without reliable internet access is like a taxi driver without a reliable car. Living in the digital age where information is given and received at a fast pace, reliable internet accessibility is vital in almost any set of circumstances. With this great demand, Wi-Fi has become a very useful technology to transfer and share data farther, faster, and with less hassle. In addition to linking multiple electronic devices to one internet connection, a wireless router is needed to access Wi-Fi in most homes for mobile devices. Whether connected to a cable/DSL modem for broadband internet or VSAT system for satellite internet, every Wi-Fi router provides a limited range of wireless internet access within the home.

Nevertheless, there are 10 different ways to enhance the signal strength of the Wi-Fi router in your home. Each of these booster tricks can be done using materials you probably already have.

If you’re in need of a better Wi-Fi signal, try one or more of the following:

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1. Place your router in an open, centralized location.

Wi-Fi signals are radio waves that can travel throughout your home with ease. However, Wi-Fi signals can’t fully penetrate through walls, doors and other objects inside your home. If you place your router in an open area that is in the middle of all the rooms in your home, then the wireless signal should dissipate more evenly.

2. Place the router in an elevated position.

Generally, from the router antenna, Wi-Fi signals travel lateral and downward. Thus, it would be ideal for you to place your router on top of a shelf, tall chest, or mounted near the ceiling, preferably in an open space.

3. Keep the router away from other electronics.

Wi-Fi signals may experience interference when placed near the TV, computer, or other electronic devices. Try to keep your router away from such devices for better signal strength.

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4. Point the antenna in different directions.

Try pointing the router antenna in various directions to determine which achieves the best signal reception. It is suggested that one router antenna face outward vertically and the other antenna face outward horizontally.

5. Build a simple parabolic antenna to place over your wireless router antenna.

If your router comes with antennas, you can place a small, home-made, curve-shaped metal antenna over one of the router’s antennae. The handcrafted parabolic-shaped antenna concentrates the signal given off by the wireless router; thus, it helps to increase signal strength.

Download the Windsurfer antenna online template or build a simple antenna with a soda/beer can. (You can find a how-to on YouTube for this.)

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6. Change the wireless router configurations using DD-WRT firmware.

All routers are always preset with certain factory settings. You can change some of those configurations on your router, including signal strength and speed, using this software. It is free and downloadable to your computer to improve your router’s performance.

7. Transform an old router into a Wi-Fi repeater.

If you have an old wireless router at home, don’t throw it away. Recycle it by using the DD-WRT firmware to transform it into a Wi-Fi repeater (i.e., a device that extends the Wi-Fi signal from your newer router). Use the software to align both routers to the same internet connection in your home. Then, place the old router in another area of your home and connect it to your computer. There are plenty of online resources to teach you how to do this.

Of course, you can always buy a brand new and costly Wi-Fi repeater device; but why do that when you have an old router that can be reused to do the same thing?

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8. Build a Wi-Fi Booster using a small metal strainer and a Wi-Fi adapter.

Cut a hole inside a strainer that is big enough for the Wi-Fi adapter to fit in. Place the adapter in the hole with its USB-end sticking out of the strainer. Using a USB extender, connect the adapter to your computer. The parabolic shape of the strainer will magnify the Wi-Fi signal strength coming from the adapter, thus extending the signal.

9. Measure your signal strength using Wi-Fi signal map apps.

There are several free mobile apps available to map the Wi-Fi signal from your wireless router throughout the home. This can help you to find an ideal place for the router in your home for better reception.

10. Change wireless channels on your router.

To minimize interference from neighboring Wi-Fi signals outside of your home, simply change the wireless channels within your router using Wi-Fi stumbler/analyzer mobile apps and software. Most of these apps or software are free or low-cost; they can help you find the optimum channel for a better signal reception.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

Projects and Tasks Management

1. Monday dot com

    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

    Check out the software here!

    2. Asana

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      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

      Check out the software here!

      3. Trello

        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

        Check out the software here!

        4. Jira

          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

          Check out the software here!

          5. Evernote Business

            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

            Check out the software here!

            Communication

            6. Slack

              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

              Check out the software here!

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              7. Spike

                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

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                Creation

                8. Office 365

                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                  Check out the software here!

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                  9. Grammarly

                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                    Check out the software here!

                    Team Analytics

                    10. ActivTrak

                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                      Check out the software here!

                      The Bottom Line

                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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