Here's why: You might be surprised by how much your internet speed can be impacted by where your router sits. For example, if you’ve placed your router on a bookshelf, tucked behind books and other objects, this could cause interference in transmitting the signal.
The distance between the router and your device has a major impact on your WiFi connection speed and performance.
Physical obstructions can also slow down your WiFi. Try to avoid having your router close to any of these barriers:
- Brick or concrete walls or floors
- Thick, heavy doors or windows
- Large containers of water (such as fish tanks)
- Large metal appliances (especially refrigerators)
If moving the equipment isn't an option and there are doors between you and your router, try opening doors between rooms to get as clear a path as possible.
Finally, heat sources can cause problems as well. Make sure your modem is in a place that has good air circulation, and is away from radiators or windows that get full sun exposure. Excessive heat can cause it to work poorly or malfunction.