Is the Wi-Fi coverage not enough to cover the whole house? Let's see how to solve
If we are lucky enough to have a really huge house and we do not know how to cover it all with the Internet signal, in this guide we have collected all the useful methods to bring the Internet to every floor and corner of the house, so you can always navigate at maximum speed even in the rooms upstairs, in the cellar, in the attic and even in the garden.
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How to cover the whole house with Wi-Fi
All the methods proposed below require an additional expense compared to the purchase of a simple modem or router to replace the one already present: in most cases, in fact, changing routers will not bring any real advantage, since the coverage limit is of the physical (i.e. electromagnetic waves that beyond a certain distance, with various obstacles, cannot penetrate).
Some methods are really inexpensive, while others involve a much higher expense.
Use range extenders
The simplest way to bring the Internet to every floor and corner of the house involves using range extender, devices that connect to the existing wireless network and amplify it, thus managing to extend the signal.
These devices can be connected to normal household electrical sockets and, once configured, we can use them as access points to the Internet, using both the 2.4 GHz signal and the 5 GHz signal (where available). For larger houses we can also connect two range extenders to the same router, trying to cover even the longest sides of the house without problems.
The best range extenders we can buy at the moment are:
- Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi Range Extender Pro (17 €)
- TP-Link TL-WA850RE Wireless Repeater (€ 19)
- Netgear EX6120 AC1200 WiFi Repeater (44 €)
- TP-Link Wireless WiFi Repeater, Dual Band Speed AC1750 (59 €)
To learn more we can read our guide How does the wifi repeater or "Range Extender" work and which one to buy.
Use the Wifi Mesh
Wifi Mesh is a modern technology for create a wireless network that can cover larger areas, including villas and multi-storey homes. It uses a data re-addressing system between several "satellite" routers, which thus allow to always obtain the maximum transmission speed even from the farthest point from the main router (to which the primary Mesh module is connected).
This technology is very expensive, but if we can afford a house of this size it will definitely not be a problem. Below are the best Wifi Mesh systems we can buy:
- Nova Tent MW3, AC1200 Mesh Wifi System (99 €)
- TP-Link Deco M5 Wifi Mesh – 3 Unit Pack (233 €)
- Google Mesh Wifi System, Coverage up to 255 m² (308 €)
- Netgear Orbi RBK53 3-unit Mesh Wi-Fi System (€ 539)
To learn more about how this technology works, we can also read our in-depth analysis Mesh WiFi: how to increase wireless coverage.
Use the Wi-Fi Powerlines
In addition to the Wifi Mesh we can also use the Powerline technology to bring the Internet to every floor and corner of the house, using the electrical sockets of the house as wireless access points.
The kits offered on the market have two units: the first (smaller) to be connected to an electrical outlet near the router, connecting it to it via an Ethernet cable; the largest unit (Powerline Wi-Fi) we will have to place it in an electrical socket in the room or in the area of the house without coverage, so as to immediately create a new Wi-Fi network with which to access the Internet.
The best Wi-Fi Powerline kits we can buy right now are:
- TP-Link TL-WPA4220 WiFi Powerline Kit, AV600 (58 €)
- TP-Link TL-WPA7510 WiFi Powerline Kit, AV1000 (74 €)
- Netgear PLW1000-100PES Powerline AV1000 Adapters (76 €)
- TP-Link TL-WPA4220T Powerline WiFi Kit, AV600 three adapters (102 €)
If this technology interests you and we want to understand how it works, we can also read our in-depth analysis Internet on the electrical outlet with the Powerline.
Use multiple routers
The last solution that we recommend you try to bring the Internet to every floor and corner of the house involves the presence of multiple routers around the house, so that each one can generate a dedicated Wi-Fi network and guarantee connection to all the devices in every room, at maximum speed.
Once all the routers have been placed in the various points of the house, we must find a way to connect them to the modem / router, ie the one connected directly to the telephone socket or to the fiber optic cable; the simplest method involves the use of classic Powerline, but we can also connect them via Ethernet cables, to be passed through the electrical wire channels (better solution, but which often requires the help of an electrician).
In this regard we can also read our guide on How to Cut (Crimp) LAN Ethernet Cables in Different Sizes, really useful to start understanding how to arrange the Ethernet cables and thus cover the whole house.
If we live in a mega villa or in a luxury resort, the Internet connection must be "adequate" to such majesty, covering every corner and every floor on which the house develops, so that we can really take advantage of our new one. 1000 Mega FTTH connection!
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