Up until a few years ago, wired network connections were the norm. While wired connections do provide a little more bandwidth, the hassle of laying out cables and maintaining them is becoming a problem for various reasons. Especially in the case of offices, the cost of re-laying and re-installing cables during a relocation of office premises is enormous.

The most cost effective solution is a wireless router. With router prices dropping drastically over the years, it has become practical for even home owners to install a wireless network. The convenience of being able to work from within any part of the house or office is a luxury that all users will appreciate. While there are some limitations to this technology, the problems encountered are with poor signals, which can be fixed easily using a few remedial measures.

The position of the router has to be thought out when installing the device. Try to locate it as centrally as possible to ensure maximum range. The other thing to keep in mind is that obstructions like walls and such are hindrances for signal broadcast. So if you can’t keep it in the center of your house or office, position it in an optimal place where you will get the maximum range.

If the positioning still does not solve your problems of signal reception, you can always set up one or more repeaters. Repeaters boost the existing signal coming from the router. Therefore you can set it up close to a weak area and ensure that “dead spots” are covered.

Finally, you can upgrade your firmware to take advantage of any new features released by the manufacturer. However, while you do this you should make sure that the router is connected to a UPS to avoid any errors caused by power outages.