There’s not much point having WiFi in your home, if the only time you get decent signal is when you’re standing in the same room as your modem. The further you move away from your router, the weaker your signal will be. So if your router is in the front of your home and your bedroom is in the back, you’ll probably struggle to get enough signal when you’re lying in bed checking Facebook. A WiFi router will boost that signal and give you Internet access anywhere in your home.


Here are a handful of factors to consider when you set up your router/booster.



The main trick is putting that router in the right place. It needs to be in a central spot, preferably within sight of wherever you sit and use the Internet most. Remember, WiFi works on radio waves, which spread out from their source. The closer you are to that source – with as few obstacles as possible in the way – the better your signal will be.



Yes, radio waves can travel through walls. But the thicker that wall, the weaker the signal will be once it’s passed through. Brick or concrete walls (and, weirdly enough, water) are the worst in this regard – so try to position your router in such a way that you don’t have thick walls in the way. Floors and ceilings aren’t as bad as walls, so if you live in a block of flats, and the interior walls are made of brick or concrete, there’s every chance that the people upstairs are getting better WiFi from your router than you are, sitting down the passage!



Microwaves and WiFi routers operate on the same part of the electromagnetic spectrum – so every time you use your microwave, your WiFi will slow down. (No, it’s not your imagination. It’s a scientific fact.) Metal objects also interfere with signal, and those – combined with that microwave – mean your kitchen is a nightmare zone for WiFi. Bottom line: avoid placing your router in the kitchen.



Two more things that disrupt WiFi signal: water and mirrors. Water slows it down; mirrors reflect it. You know what that means, right? Your bright idea of storing your WiFi booster in the bathroom isn’t such a bright idea after all.



Now that you know how (and where) to use a WiFi booster, it’s time you went out and bought one! Your RCS Card gives you access to the RCS shopping network of over 21 000 stores, including South Africa’s top electronics outlets.