Why Wireless Signals Won’t Work in Some Homes
By: Julie Day
I just bought an old house, and I can’t seem to get a wireless Internet signal to transmit from one room to another. What could be causing this? -Pete
If wireless signals won’t transmit inside your home, chances are your walls contain something that’s blocking the signal. Wireless Internet, cell phone signals, and even over air radio and TV connections won’t pass through metal, including both solid metal and metal mesh.
Signal Blocking Materials
Depending on your home’s floor plan, you may have trouble transmitting signals from room to room, or receiving signals from outside. In homes and apartments, the most common culprits are:
- Other Signal Blocking Obstacles: If the signal is getting disrupted or is weak, there may be wave bouncing obstacles in its path – such as metal ductwork, steel girders, steel reinforced concrete, or water (such as a pool).
How to Increase Wireless Signals
To improve wireless signals in your home, try these tips:
- Alternatively, you can forego wireless, and outfit your home with a hard wired network.
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