Optimize indoor reception

Once you get a WiFi modem to bring Google WiFi indoors, you must still consider obstacles and barriers in your home that could affect the signal strength. 

Without any obstructions, theoretically, WiFi signals can reach 300-500 feet. But, unless you live in a space with no walls, you are more likely to see decent signals in the 75-150 foot range. Even with that range, WiFi signals can sometimes be less than optimal in some sections of a home.

WiFi networks use a weak radio signal that can be blocked or weakened by any number of construction materials: cinder block, concrete, metal, and even wood and drywall. The more barriers between the WiFi modem and a wireless device, the weaker the signal.

In general, the best location to get coverage throughout the house is as close to the center as possible and on the second floor, if it is a two-story house. So if your WiFi modem is near an outside wall, try moving it closer to the middle of your home. Keep your WiFi modem off the floor and away from walls and large metal objects, like file cabinets.

If you are not getting the expected speeds on a wireless device, you can try a couple of simple tests to see if your signal strength improves, giving you better speeds.

  • Start by moving the WiFi modem around. Moving it to a different part of the room or to a higher location can sometimes make a noticeable difference.

  • While it is running, a microwave oven can disrupt WiFi service. Turn off the microwave oven, if it is on. (No need to unplug it.)

  • Cordless telephones (for a land line) can interfere with the WiFi service, since they operate at the same frequencies as your network (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz). If you suspect that your cordless phone is interfering with your network, you can:

    • Change the location of the WiFi modem and/or the base of the cordless phone.

    • Operate the phone with the antenna lowered, if it has an adjustable antenna.

    • Use a phone that is not using the same frequency of the network you are using (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).