Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

We’ve all wished our home’s internet connection could reach the basement office or the terrace in the summer so we could stream music. It may be really frustrating if you were unable to use your wireless internet in the places you wanted to because the signal didn’t reach there. 

In addition, the money spent on repeaters and other gadgets to help get a better signal can become astronomical, depending on your geographical location, and the strength of your internet devices. This is where Wi-Fi antennas come in, and if they’re installed correctly, they can help you achieve the whole home or RV internet without the addition of other devices. 

How do they work, specifically?

Using radio waves, wireless devices are able to transmit data to one another. Wi-Fi internet antennas transmit digital data by electromagnetic waves. Antennas can transform electromagnetic energy into electrical currents and back again, allowing them to transmit Wi-Fi signals. They’re basically doing the same job as your router, but on a bigger scale, and sometimes wirelessly.

As previously mentioned, radio waves are used for communication between Wi-Fi devices. Like the speed at which other waves travel through space and time, the speed at which data is sent and received over a certain period of time may be measured in frequencies. The most common method of measurement for this frequency is the number of Hertz (Hz) per second.

There is a wide variety of frequencies that Wi-Fi antennas can transmit data on. Depending on the specific Wi-Fi technology in use, they may operate at very low or extremely high frequencies. Distances of 12.5 mm and 6 cm, respectively, correspond to the two most prevalent Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). Click here to read more on Hertz frequencies. Compared to waves of higher frequency but shorter wavelength, those with lower frequency but longer wavelength may travel farther. Longer-wavelength low-frequency Wi-Fi antennae have an easier time penetrating building materials like floors and walls.

As their wavelengths are longer, they are able to transmit data across longer distances than shorter-frequency waves. The only possible downside is a reduced data transmission speed. Achieving shorter wavelengths allows for high-speed data transfer. In contrast, the range of a sent signal is diminished because shorter waves are less able to penetrate obstacles made of matter.

Every Wi-Fi antenna is custom-made to fit the specific transmission frequency and wavelength. The frequency ranges for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi antennas are incompatible with one other. In practice, however, only a small fraction of Wi-Fi antennas are dual-band. Depending on the antenna, they may operate on either frequency independently or concurrently.

Where can I start in improving the signal strength in my house?

You will need to relocate the modem to a more practical position before you can enhance your network connection. This increases the likelihood that the router’s signal will travel throughout your house. You may click here to read helpful tips on the placement of your antenna and router.  Interference with the router’s signal might cause service to be spotty or nonexistent in certain parts of your house.

If you’re unable to move the equipment and are still experiencing dead spots or regions of inadequate signal strength in some parts of your house, you may want to consider other alternatives. If your router’s antennas are detachable, for instance, you may install more antennas to cover a wider region. Nevertheless, you cannot install extra antennae on your router if its antennas are not removable.

A router eliminates the necessity for using antennas that can pick up signals from every direction. If you wish to strengthen the Wi-Fi signal in a certain direction, you’ll need to swap out the main antenna with a targeted micro panel antenna. In order to avoid buying multiple antennas you can’t use, double check the type your router uses. 

How can I get a signal while I’m not at home?

Walls, doors, and furnishings all play a role in shielding the inside of a structure from Wi-Fi signals and reducing their strength so that they cannot escape. You may boost your Wi-Fi’s signal strength in the great outdoors by installing an omnidirectional Wi-Fi antenna which broadcasts the same signal in any direction. These gadgets may connect directly to the gateway or an external ground station, such as a Wi-Fi repeater (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_repeater) with a POE port.

It is recommended that a low-gain antenna be used for outdoor usage. As their larger spherical signal pattern shows, they will be emitting their Wi-Fi signal closer to the ground than their forerunners did. It’s possible that a high-output antenna may overstretch the signal, resulting in a better reception in the distance but a weaker one in your backyard. This is due to the fact that a signal may travel further when broadcast from an antenna with greater strength.