Get wide-reaching Wi-Fi
May 2, 2005
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What's the most important thing to consider for getting the best range out of my wireless network?
There are actually three: location, location, location. In many cases, you can get the coverage you need by simply relocating your equipment.
Most routers and access points come with omnidirectional antennas that radiate in a round doughnut pattern. Placing your router in the center of your desired coverage area with the antennas pointed straight up will typically give you the best results. Metal objects block the signal, so keep the equipment away from steel shelving and cabinets. A cordless phone can also reduce your range because it and other 2.4GHz devices interfere with 802.11b and 802.11g networks. If you do have a cordless phone, it's a good idea keep the base station away from your wireless gear.
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