How to really improve Wi-Fi signal strength on your smartphone

How to really improve Wi-Fi signal strength on your smartphone
While we won't go as far as comparing Wi-Fi signal strength issues with an actual health epidemic, it is fair to say that it's a recurring problem that millions of people clash with on a daily basis. Whether it's a poorly performing router, or an anemic Wi-Fi antenna in your smartphone, the reasons that contribute to poor connectivity are varied and large in number. It's not surprising, then, that the internet is filled with advice on how to solve this.

Starting with how your home or work router is positioned, through the type of materials used with your walls, down to what's sitting next to the router itself — all can contribute to a poor connection. Physics play their part, and it's physics that we'll be conquering today, instead of relying on any of the many Wi-Fi 'optimzer' apps available online that often make questionable claims. Instead of going through the headache of checking each and every one of them to see if they deliver, we'll instead give you one of the surest ways to ensure that your home or work Wi-Fi signal reaches your smartphone. We've been using the following tweak for many years, and it's one of very few foolproof tweaks that will actually net you better signal strength.

Best of all? It has nothing to do with your smartphone, so it'll work whether you're using a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android device. In fact, every gadget imaginable that connects to your Wi-Fi network will enjoy better signal strength.

The first few steps of the guide below assume that you're using a Windows-based computer.

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17 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

is the quality of tp-link router is good ? i need a several cheap ones for my company please help

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

do a google search and you will find what you need.

3. bucky

Posts: 3783; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

TP-link is budget brand. Go asus or anything with the cisco name on it.

4. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

TP-Link is the best cost-to-quality brand, you can find cheaper and you can find better, but TP-Link is more than enough for small-mid size companies and personal use.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Tp link is very cheap and very poor quality. If you visit their support pages you will find tons of unsatisfied customers not getting any help. As another one said, go for Asus, Linksys....

11. TheDark_Knight

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I've owned ASUS and Linksys, both routers from them were bad. Then I tried a $20 TP link. Best router I've owned and for less than half the cost. Thank you Amazon reviews!

12. TheDark_Knight

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Go to Amazon and check out reviews. That's how I make most of my purchases these days.

14. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Only if the product reviews are not mix with other models.

16. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

love mine

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If you wish to have a company Wifi i recommend to use Unifi solutions. You can have a single SSID even if you have 30 Unifi wifi router.. Its also very cheap to buy compared to others company grade router ( can get them at 50$ each and they beat the crap out of cisco and other high end model for both stability and the distance of the signal )

7. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Yes it is very easy to deploy but do not buy Unifi AC... it is horrible for the AC connection.

6. waddup121 unregistered

Eyyyy good.

9. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So in short, if my router has an option for the 5GHz frequency, just hop onto that & I won't have to worry about finding the "sweet spot" channel?

13. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Depends on the kind of issue you're running into. Is it interference? Or insufficient range? If it's the latter, unless you buy a really nice 5GHz router, it's quite likely that you'd get better range with the 2.4GHz one. Also worth mentioning is that still few devices on the market can connect to 5GHz networks.

10. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I got better signal strength by installing DD-WRT which is a custom firmware for routers and tweaking a few settings.

15. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i thought they were definitely going to mention DD-WRT. i installed it today on my tp-link TL-WR841ND and its great for $15 :D

17. I.like.Pi

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2015

This is a good beginner tutorial and covers the basics. Changing the os on the router is not a novice thing to do (I've done that on my dual band Asus to get additional features). The article should have mentioned some other basic specifics (which it alluded to) around the router placement, antenna orientation, etc... Along with the WiFi analyzer, that can quickly and easily increase (or decrease! If not validated) the performance without having to log into the router. And I wish it had said that if your router is using the default password... CHANGE It!

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