How to Boost The Wireless Signal to Your Streaming Devices

Many people get frustrated when they purchase a new streaming device and try to stream some content from their wireless router, but the signal is too weak. This can lead to buffering or loss of signal. It can become quite annoying. Some of the smaller streaming devices do not have a powerful enough antenna to pick up a signal from the other side of the house. How can you boost the wireless signal? There are several ways you can remedy this problem. Here are some options.

How to Boost The Wireless Signal

Move Your Wireless Router

One of the easiest ways is to relocate your wireless router to a central part of the house. This is the most cost effective solution. It will ultimately depend on if you can move it without rewiring the house. Most cable or internet providers generally wire up one of your wall jacks or run a cable to where it is most convenient for them. This ultimately becomes the place where your signal is being transmitted, but this may not be the ideal place to reach all of the devices in your home. If you can move the cable or wall jack and extend it to a central location, you may be able to maintain full wireless coverage throughout your house. Sometimes it is as simple as finding the cable company’s splitter and screwing in the cable to another wall jack.

Use a Different Channel

All wireless routers broadcast their signal using a specific channel by default. Many of your neighbors may be broadcasting on the same channel as you. This can cause interference and a degraded signal. You can use your phone, tablet or computer with network scanning tools to see what channels are free in your area. If you find an open or low used channel, then login in to your wireless router setting and switch it to the new channel and reboot the router.

How to Boost The Wireless Signal to Your Streaming Devices

Wireless Scan Tools

Wireless Repeater/Extender

This is a cheap way of extending the coverage to the dead spots in your home. The basic idea is you place one of the wireless repeaters somewhere in your house to extend or repeat your coverage. These extenders are easy to setup. You just pair them with your existing router. Once you program the extender with your routers credentials it will begin repeating the signal to that part of the house. Generally one repeater will suffice. If you have a gigantic area to cover with many obstructions then more many be needed.

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, AP mode Supported(TL-WA855RE)

  • Ideal for extending WiFi to devices
  • Extend WiFi up to 300Mbps
  • Convenient wall-plug design
  • Works with any standard router or gateway
  • Fast Ethernet Port to connect a wired device
  • External antennas for better performance

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Purchase a New Wireless Router

If you have an old router, it may be time to upgrade and many of the wireless routers that your internet service providers rent to you are not that great. You are better off purchasing your own. Many older routers just don’t produce a powerful enough signal. Many contain internal antennas that do not transmit very strong signals. Some of today’s routers have very powerful external antennas that can cover further distances. They also offer faster data speeds which is perfect for streaming high quality video content.

TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router

TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Fast Ethernet Router (TL-WR841HP)

  • High-powered amplifier and two high-gain 5dBi antennas for maximum range
  • Signal penetrates walls and other obstacles to eliminate dead zones
  • Stronger Wi-Fi over longer distances helps prevent dropped connections
  • 300Mbps Wi-Fi speed ideal for HD video streaming and online gaming
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11b/g products

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Power Line Network Adapter Kit

TP-Link AV1000 1-Port Gigabit Powerline Adapter, Up to 1000Mbps (TL-PA7010 KIT)

Another option is to use a power line network adapter kit. This uses the existing power lines in your home to network your devices. It’s a convenient option if wireless signals are ineffective or restricted in your house. They work by plugging one adapter into a power socket next to your router or switch and the other adapter next to a power socket to the device you want to connect to your network. You can also use the adapter in conjunction with a switch to expand your connections to other devices. It is a simple and cost effective solution. The speeds are very good that allow for HD streaming and nice file transfer speeds. Just one tip, do not plug the power line adapter into a power strip. This will degrade the speed. It must be plugged directly into the wall power socket.

See our how to article on how to use Powerline Adapters to network your home.

TP-Link AV1000 1-Port Gigabit Powerline Adapter

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Wire The Home For Internet

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This would be your last option. If you are still not getting the best results, you can always wire the house with CAT 6 cable. This will take some time, but in the end, it will be the fastest and most secure connection. Click on our how to guide below.

See our how to article on wiring the home for Internet and streaming.
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Conclusion

Using some of these simple techniques can alleviate many loss of signal issues. More homes are becoming reliant on internet wireless coverage. Try incorporating one of these solutions to fix your wireless woes.

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About Johan
I started the site to educate the public on the alternative ways you can watch television besides subscribing to cable. I have been in the audio visual business for over 20 years. I also have an extensive computer networking background. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and CompTIA Network+ Certified Technician. I hope you will find my articles and reviews helpful in conscious uncabling.

2 Comments

  1. Hi can I use a Bluetooth adapter on my range extender and my Kodi Box to improve my signal? Or use a ether net cable to my Kodi box from my range extender?

    • No, unfortunately Bluetooth adapters don’t work that way. An Ethernet cable from your range extender should work. Make sure the model you have is capable of it. Remember, if you already have poor communication from the wireless router to your range extender, then your speeds using a Ethernet cable will not be that good. You could also try using a power line network adapter kit. This allows you to use your existing power lines and sockets to network your devices. Here is an example: http://amzn.to/2paHSZQ. I hope this helped and good luck.

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