Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

WiFi Woes: Fixing Troublesome Signals

Sunday, September 4th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

WiFi can be both a blessing and a curse. The move away from Ethernet cables has allowed computers and devices to connect to the internet without the need for troublesome cables, but sometimes the WiFi seems to have a mind of its own. Symptoms of this include a weak connection despite being close to the router, having a weak signal even though people right next to you have a strong one, or strong signals with frequent ‘drops’ in the Internet connection.

In this series, ‘WiFi Woes’, we’ll take a look at three elements that might be inhibiting your connection: Positioning, Adapters, and Routers. All three of them can play a part when it comes to a troublesome signal, and it can take a while to figure out which one is the problem. Today, we’ll be looking at the positioning of both the device and the router.

It may seem strange that the position of our router or device effects the signal, but it’s true! In order to establish a strong connection between one another, both your device and your router have to be able to send signals to one another. If something is in-between the ‘path’ of the WiFi signal, it can cause big issues for your connection. This is especially noticeable if the device (or everyone else’s devices) has perfect connections in other rooms, but not where you want to use it. So, what can you do?

First, make sure the router is in a position where the signal has to travel through the least amount of walls or floors possible. Every wall between yourself and the router will cause a drop in signal; too many, and the signal will be very weak by the time it gets to you. This is especially true if the walls are particularly old and very thick — they’re basically WiFi blockades at that point. See if you can move the router closer to your device (without annoying anyone else using the router!)

Also look out for common household objects that might interfere with signals. This includes objects with metal in them (televisions, microwaves), windows (where the signal can ‘escape’), mirrors, and even fish tanks. Try to get as much ‘air’ between yourself and the router as possible and minimize the amount of stuff it needs to pass through to get to you.


Routers send WiFi signals in all directions; that includes downwards. If your router is sitting pretty on the floor, it’ll be directing a lot of its signal into the floor; probably good for any passing mice with laptops, but no good for you! If you’re upstairs and the router is on the ground floor, try putting it on a table or shelf to help it spread the signal as far upward as possible.

If you’re finding your router’s signal can’t even make it past the room it’s in, then perhaps positioning isn’t the issue. Next time, we’ll look at how the adapter your computer uses can cause issues, and how to fix them.

Image credits: How to Position your Wi-Fi Router for Maximum Coverage and Signal

~ Simon

Tags: , ,

3 Responses to “WiFi Woes: Fixing Troublesome Signals”

  1. […] article series, we take a look at various problems that affect your home network and how to fix them. Last time, we looked at how the position of the router and your device can have an affect on the W… This time, we’re going to look at ways to help your device pick up the WiFi […]

  2. jack craig says:

    Are there any meters you can purchase (at a reasonable cost) that will give you the strength of your wi-fi signal at any given point?

  3. Lillian karamanian says:

    Look forward to your next article to help me with signal very low when I try to get my hp wireless printer to sink with my mac computer. I have a new router that is right next to the printer & 4feet from my computer. It has worked on some occasions, & then I lose it on the next occasion. One print out from printer that would not set up after sync programming read No Filtering “fail”
    connected “Not Run” Signal Strenght “very low”
    Any help is appreciated. 248-641-9269

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive