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DON'T KILL YOUR OWN WIFI!

The BASIC RULE:  WiFi Router Placement is Everything!
Here is a semi-scientific explaination that proves this:
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Read on for some great Tips!

1. Don't put your router on the floor. Get your router off the ground at least 5-7 feet if possible. It's kind of like a light bulb; when you turn it on you want it to shine as far as possible, not straight into the ground.
 
 
2. A lot of folks default to an upstairs office, but that's usually located in a remote corner of the house. Even worse: the basement! That area makes it hard for the wireless signal to reach all areas of your home. Put your router in the center of the home, preferably on the first floor.  Maybe you should look at our MontanaSky WIFI extenders?
 
3. Don't put your router here. You might as well throw half your signal out the window.
 
4. Avoid locations next to or behind your TV because media components like this can seriously affect your wireless performance. Also, stay away from enclosed consoles with heat producing appliances like a DVD player or game console.  Those will also cut down your wireless signal.
 
5. Speaking of devices, steer clear of basic home appliances like cordless phones and microwaves that also can affect performance.

 
6. Don't hide your router. Set it up out in the open, not tucked in a cabinet.
 
7. Got a fish tank? Wireless signals don't pass well through water so keep it away from the fishies  They won't be using it anyway.
 
8. Figure out where in your house you use wireless most often and put the router within a clean line of sight to that room. A central location, off the ground and out in the open, is the ideal location, as seen here. Most signals bounce off walls. But bouncing off walls cuts the signal and your speed of those walls as much as 80%! That's why, for best speeds, your WIFI router should be in plain sight and clear view.  This applies for WIFI boosters too.  MontanaSky's WIFI in every room system can help solve weak WIFI signals and speeds.
 
9. Limit applications that hog your speed. One big hog everyone forgets about is XBox. If you or the kids are always playing games online or doing video chats, this can make your wireless experience slower for everyone else. You can check your speeds using the MontanaSky Speed Test located here.
 

Got weak WIFI in some areas and need a booster? 
We can help with WIFI in every room you want!

10. Regularly reboot your router and check your signal strength on your devices.

Regardless if you rent or own your wireless router, make sure you have the latest equipment and are running the latest system software. Older wireless routers running older software may not be able to handle the speeds that you receive with your Internet service.

You can get free apps for your mobile devices to check where you get the best WIFI signals by just walking around.  Here are a few:

Android WiFi Test App

IOS WiFi Test App

MontanaSky Free Android Mobile Wifi Test Tools Download

MontanaSky WIFI extenders

MontanaSky Speed Test located here.

Follow some of these tips, and you'll definitely have your Wi-Fi optimized for your every day use.

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