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7 Timeless Tips To Increase The Range Of Your Router

7 Timeless Tips To Increase The Range Of Your Router

Are you one of those people who experience seemingly random disconnections while browsing the Internet, streaming music, movies or playing games online? Know that it may be because of poor signal strength from your router. This article will discuss some easy ways to increase the range of your wifi router.

1. Position Your Router On A Higher Place

It’s a fact that you wifi signal can’t pass through metals. Metal filing cabinets and pipes are possible barriers that can limit your wifi connection. The more barriers you have in between your computer and the router, the higher chances you have of interference. So, if you want to enjoy a strong signal throughout your home, try placing your router somewhere higher. Doing this helps to reduce interference and provide a clearer path for signals to reach out to devices.

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2. Change Your Router Antennas

When you first sign up for wifi service, your internet service provider gives you a default router with omnidirectional antennas, which isn’t of high quality. Most of the routers come removable antennas that you can replace with directional antennas aka high-gain antennas.

When you replace the default router antennas to the high-gain antennas, it will transmit signals in one particular direction, providing you with a better signal range and strength in that direction. You can boost the router range up to 25% to 40% if you place your access points according to the direction of the high-gain antennas.

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3. Increase The Transmit Power Of The Router

There are some routers that give you the option of increasing the transmit power. If you have such router, then set it to the maximum in order to get the highest possible range.

4. Update Your Router’s Firmware

The router’s firmware is like the brain of the device. Basically, it is the core software that enables the rest of the device to operate. Similar to other modern technologies, router manufacturers are continually striving to update their products and pushing out new tweaks in order to increase the performance/speed of the router and to fix security flaws. The majority of the latest routers will allow you to update the firmware from within the admin portal. If you don’t exactly know what to do, you can consult the user manual or contact your internet service provider for assistance.

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5. Opt For An Ideal Channel

When it comes to wireless routers, they broadcast on several different channels or frequencies. All the channels lie in the range of 2.5 GHz, but, depending on your surroundings, there are some factors that actually decide how the channel performs. Ask your service provider and select a channel or frequency that gives you the optimal, maximum range.

6. Install A Wireless Repeater

Have you heard about repeaters before? It’s an electronic hardware used to take signals from your router, boost its strength and then re-transmits it. For instance, if you have a router with a range of 100 feet, place the repeater (100ft) at 75 feet to make the total range 175 feet. Nowadays, wireless repeaters become so affordable and inexpensive, you can even use it for the home.

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7. Swap The Router Out Over Time

It’s a fact that the electronic components wear out with the passage of time and so is the case with your router. If your router is old, then it’s worn down components lose performance, which leads to slow processing of data and less power to transmit signals. So, replace your old router with the new one and you’ll definitely see the difference based on the higher quality of coverage you receive.

Remember you may have to try out a couple of these tips to find out which one best helps you increase the range of your router.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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