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What are Wi-Fi dead spots and how do you get rid of it?

If you have a Wi-Fi connection at home then chances are you have already experienced this: You’re watching your favorite YouTube video on your smartphone then you went to a different location in your home, then all of the sudden your Wi-Fi signal drops and your video stopped playing. Ladies and gentlemen, what you’re experiencing is called the dead spot or slow/dead zones.

What is a Wi-Fi dead spot?

Wi-Fi dead spots are areas in your home or office where the Wi-Fi signal is at its weakest and the internet speed is slow. It mostly happens because of interference caused by thick walls or other barriers. It’s a common issue but still very annoying especially if you have a big place with plenty of walls, multiple floors, or lots of ground to cover.

How to fix a Wi-Fi dead spot?

There are many ways to fix a Wi-Fi dead spot. Some of them can be as simple as repositioning the Wi-Fi router in a strategic location, or a bit technical like changing the channel or by using an extender. But if you want a more advanced solution, then you might want to consider using mesh networks.

What are mesh networks?

For comparison, a traditional router broadcasts Wi-Fi signals from a single source. A mesh network, on the other hand, uses multiple access points or nodes that are connected and work together in a mesh, blanketing your home with a stronger and more stable Wi-Fi signal.

These nodes are basically routers and can be placed in strategic areas where dead spots are observed. A mesh router package sold in stores usually come with three or more units.

What are the benefits?

Mesh networks offer plenty of benefits over your conventional router:

• Great Wi-Fi coverage. You will always get a strong signal wherever you go as long as you’re in the proximity of a node, so no more dead spots.

• Connections are streamlined and maintain a single SSID so you don’t need to reconnect to each node. When you move around the house, the mesh network will also automatically and intelligently connect you to the strongest node in the area, so you won’t experience any interruptions in your connection.

• You can easily replace or add nodes. Let’s say one node malfunctions, you can easily remove and replace it with a new one without affecting the rest in the network. And if ever you have to increase your Wi-Fi coverage, all you need to do is add more nodes. In other words, mesh networks can easily adapt to your network needs.

• The networks are more secure and easy to manage. Most mesh networks use a dedicated software or app to help you manage your connection from your computer or your phone. You will be able to easily check if each node is working properly or see how many people are in your network. The software these routers are also upgradeable so you’ll get newer features and better security in the future.

Now that you know how mesh networks work, you now have a better an idea how you can get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your home or in the office. All you need to do now is find the right Wi-Fi mesh system that works for you.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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3 Responses

  1. tantrums says:

    I use Open Mesh. Works great!

  2. It is true each user of internet can come across wi-fi connectivity problem and at times it becomes so hard and annoying to find such dead spots. Setting up node or if not functioning well replacing it with new one can enable you to get rid of such errors. If you still face problems, you can add more nodes and this will definitely solve such problems once and for all.

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