Technology now makes it easier than ever to check your inbox or social media website from wherever you are…in theory. Wireless internet is great, and hotspots in cities around the globe let you connect while on the go, but sometimes, reception is spotty. Read on for some tips to boost your signal so you can stay in touch throughout a busy day.
Adjust your Position
It sounds simple, but even the position of your mobile device can make a difference in the strength of your wireless signal.
If possible, connect to Wi-Fi in an area that’s free of buildings and trees. You’ve probably seen people anxiously stretching their mobile device skyward as they attempt to get a better signal, and it really can help. Keeping it three or more feet from the ground is ideal.
Also, move away from areas that have a lot of metallic surfaces. Wireless signals get sent from, and received by mobile devices, and if you’re in an environment with a lot of metal surfaces, the signals will bounce off of those textures instead of transmitting smoothly back and forth.
Enhance your Gear
Sometimes, you don’t have to break the bank to get a stronger wireless signal. Clip antennas are readily available, and attach to your mobile device to boost the strength of a wireless signal.
Also, it sounds primitive, but some users get better wireless reception by sticking their mobile device antennae through a hole in a metal container. Giving it a try might cause you to lose some of your “coolness factor,” but at least it’s a way to recycle a Pringles can!
Keep your operating system updated, too. When new versions are released, they often fix issues that other users have identified as a problem. By having the latest software updates, you’re ensuring that your device is as efficient as possible.
Speaking of efficiency, don’t waste your battery. If you know that you’re in an area that doesn’t have a reliable signal, turn off your wireless component completely. Once you do return to an area that has reliable access, your signal could be stronger because you’ve had the forethought to conserve the battery.
Sometimes, if you’ve done all you can to boost your signal strength by manipulating the device itself, the next best course of action is to know where the best hotspots are in your area. If you have an Android or iPad, there are several free Wi-Fi finder apps to try. It’s a good idea to do some prior planning to navigate your way through the apps, though. Many have a downloadable database that you can access without having an Internet connection (crucial if you’re already lacking one!) Some even have filters where you can search for either paid or free wireless spots.
Buy a New Device
If your mobile device is more than a few years old, your struggle to get good Wi-Fi reception might be happening because your device has become obsolete. Even if you’re not the type to run out and buy the latest phone or tablet as soon as its released, it might be worthwhile to upgrade as soon as you can.
A recent article on Forbes.com mentioned that one-third of Americans were eager to get the latest version of the iPhone. The urge to stay technologically current is a worldwide phenomenon though, so no matter where you live, you’re not alone if you’re thinking about an upgrade.
If money is a concern, the good news is that the cost to get a web-enabled smartphone is a lot less than it once was. In fact, an article in the Huffington Post suggested that cheaper devices and plans could help to close the technology gap that sometimes prevents cash-strapped individuals from getting Internet access at all.
Waning wireless signal strength is certainly frustrating, but it’s something that can be dealt with, either by altering your environment or updating your equipment. Try some of the tips above today and look forward to more hassle-free connections wherever you go.
Amy Nielson is an avid blogger. You can follow her on Twitter @NielsonAmy.
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