Why doesn’t WiFi work in two rooms of my apartment?
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My laptop will work everywhere in the apartment but two rooms, my dining room & bedroom. They are directly above/below each other. Any ideas why WiFi doesn’t work here?

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  • Anonymous

    wifi is short distance so more obstacle less signal

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  • FIDELIS

    Hello, most times this issue can be solved by finding the best central location for your router.  This is mostly accomplished by moving the router around until you could find a spot that covers both areas.  Sometimes this is not practical because then you would have to move your computer to that area if you are connected with ethernet cables or also because you would have to run cables across the house. 

    Another thing that can help is to use directional antennas in your router as compared to omnidirectional antenas.  When you use directional antennas, you can point them let us say to above and below floor to direct signals that way.  The disadvantage of this is that you migh loose signal everywhere else not covered by directional antenna.  If you use onmidirectional antennas in router, they send the signal eveywhere. 

    Another way to lessen this problem is if you are using cordless phones, to try to get a phone that runs in the 5.8 GHz band or use a wired phone.  Also, you could try locating the router in a location that does not have too much interference or run on the same 2.4 GHz band.  For example in the kitchen, there are many sources of interference.  One of the biggest culprits is microwave ovens.  Also sometimes changing the channel to a less congested one helps.

    You can also update your router to one that can run on a dual band (2.4 and 5.8GHZ).  Also, there are router which are mostly class N, that provide range.  Most newer class N router have both of the specs mentioned before. 

    If all of the above fails to provide your apartment with wireless, you can get an extender or connect another router to the existing one to extend the network. 

  • FIDELIS

    Hello, most times this issue can be solved by finding the best central location for your router.  This is mostly accomplished by moving the router around until you could find a spot that covers both areas.  Sometimes this is not practical because then you would have to move your computer to that area if you are connected with ethernet cables or also because you would have to run cables across the house. 

    Another thing that can help is to use directional antennas in your router as compared to omnidirectional antenas.  When you use directional antennas, you can point them let us say to above and below floor to direct signals that way.  The disadvantage of this is that you migh loose signal everywhere else not covered by directional antenna.  If you use onmidirectional antennas in router, they send the signal eveywhere. 

    Another way to lessen this problem is if you are using cordless phones, to try to get a phone that runs in the 5.8 GHz band or use a wired phone.  Also, you could try locating the router in a location that does not have too much interference or run on the same 2.4 GHz band.  For example in the kitchen, there are many sources of interference.  One of the biggest culprits is microwave ovens. 

    You can also update your router to one that can run on a dual band (2.4 and 5.8GHZ).  Also, there are router which are mostly class N, that provide range.  Most newer class N router have both of the specs mentioned before. 

    If all of the above fails to provide your apartment with wireless, you can get an extender or connect another router to the existing one to extend the network. 

  • Chris Hoffman

    There are a number of things that can interfere with Wi-Fi signals — microwave ovens and some cordless phones are two common ones. If you have large metal objects or metal walls/floors, those can also interfere.

    It could also be that those rooms are just too far away from your router, or a number of other routers in the area may be interfering with your router’s signal there.