If you are trying to use your internet-connected devices outside, you may be wondering if there is a way to boost your wifi signal. You might find that it is impossible to get a good wifi signal outside. If you want to be able to use your laptop, tablet, or other internet devices outside, there are options like using the mobile hotspot on your smartphone to connect to the internet. But, if you are using high-speed internet to transfer a lot of data, or if you are trying to connect and control your audio/video, music system, or smart house, this is not a practical solution.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BOOST YOUR WIFI SIGNAL OUTSIDE?
If you want to be able to connect to your wifi when you are outside there are things you can do to boost your wifi signal.
MOVE YOUR ROUTER
The easiest and first step would be to try moving your wifi router near a door or window closest to the outdoor space where you want to use it. Keep in mind that this might affect the wifi signal inside of your house. It is generally recommended that a router be located in a central location so that the signal will reach all areas of the house. If you move it to one side of the house, you may have issues with your signal being weaker on the other side of your house. Moving your router may help, but it often doesn’t give you enough range for you to use it anywhere that isn’t in close proximity to your house. Also although some windows will allow for WiFi transmission easily, special coated “low-E” windows are like kryptonite for WiFi and will cause large drops in single level before reaching the outdoors.
USE A PORTABLE MOBILE HOTSPOT
Another option is to use a portable mobile wifi hotspot. A mobile hotspot is an independent portable device that allows you to connect to a wifi network from anywhere close to the hotspot. Most smartphones come with a hotspot feature. However, tethering your phone to a hotspot can be problematic. It uses a lot of data and it also drains your smartphone battery quickly. Purchasing a separate portable hotspot can be a solution for connecting to wifi outside. This method may also not work well if you are trying to connect and control your music system or other smart home features on your home network.
PURCHASE A WIFI EXTENDER OR WIRELESS REPEATER
A wifi extender can help you boost the reach of your wifi signal. If you have a weak signal in certain areas of your house or want to extend the reach of your wifi router, using an extender can help. A wifi extender works by connecting to your wifi router, and then sending the signal from your router to the extender. The extender receives the wifi signal then transmits it to the surrounding area.
Keep in mind that the signal from your extender is going to be weaker. This is because your wifi signal is going through two steps. First through your wifi router and then relayed through the extender.
USE AN ETHERNET CORD
Purchasing a 100 ft or more ethernet cord may be a good way to get your wifi to reach outside. You can connect the ethernet cord to your router. Then use the cord to connect directly to your internet devices, or you can connect the ethernet cord to a second router. Configuring the second router may be confusing if you’re not tech-savvy, but a second router will allow you to boost your wifi signal so it reaches outside of your home. For detailed instructions see the instructions on your router to log in, set up your router name, password, and internet connection.
THE BEST WAY TO BOOST YOUR WIFI SIGNAL
If you really want to have the best wifi signal outside, hiring a professional networking installer is the way to go. A lot of people try to do it themselves. Buy a wifi extender or second router only to be disappointed that their signal is still weak. Getting your wifi network configured properly is not as easy as it sounds.
In addition, most routers are not designed to be used outdoors. Walls, trees, and other interference can affect your wifi signal. An installer can evaluate your house, and your outside area to help you determine the best way to set up your wifi network. This may include outdoor-rated WiFi access points to ensure no loss of speed or signal strength in your outdoor living space.