Wifi strength mystery

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  • J_B
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    If you go into the admin for the router you should be able to set the channel the router is using, ideally it may have a scanner to find which one is least congested in your home and auto-select the best one. From personal experience this can occasionally cause problems with some more basic wifi connected devices (eg smart bulbs) reconnecting to the new channel. 

    Or use inSSIDer to find the least congested channels?

  • Si_Clist
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    Thanks but my query relates to Chromebooks ...

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  • Si_Clist
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    Problem "solved".  Moving the router as little as 3ft and rotating it about 60 degrees seems to have done the trick!
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    Si_Clist said:
    Problem "solved".  Moving the router as little as 3ft and rotating it about 60 degrees seems to have done the trick!
    Here's hoping it stays that way.  :)

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  • Heedtheadvice
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    Could not post earlier but a useful tool is a WiFi analyser (similar to a recommendation in an earlier post).
    These give a graphical or tubular display of WiFi signal data so you can fine best positions, see signal channel levels ( and those with least interfering signals from other routers etc.') to select the best channels for use.
    Such an app is https://www.wifianalyzer.info/ available from that link on the Google play store ( there are others).
    Even though you have a much better signal at present it would help you optimise and see other signals that might crop up and cause you problems.

  • matelodave
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    As said above, WiFi Analyser is a useful tool to help you optimise the placement of your routers, see what interference is around you and to select the best channels.

    Shifting stuff around can negate the requirement of additional equipment. My mate was investigating installing a mesh in his "difficult" house until he used the app and moved his router to a more suitable location.

    Another solution is to use a wifi heatmap app to work out where the not spots are and to try an optimise the router location - https://www.comparitech.com/net-admin/wifi-heatmap-software/


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