How to place your router in your home for good internet access

Full-length mirror and aquarium don’t help

What do you need to get the best possible mobile network quality at home and watch your favourite show without interruption? Signal strength and a good router are the responsibility of your operator, but it’s good to know that the location of your mobile router in your home can also make a difference. Read on for Yettel’s advice on how to find the perfect spot.

With a mobile internet router and the right subscription, you can have wireless (WiFi) internet access in your home without any cabling and drilling. You don't need a professional to set up your router, you just need to plug it into a power source. But there are a few things you need to do to get a stable internet connection and watch online video content in high resolution without interruption.

The ideal spot

The size of your home, the thickness of the walls, as well as furniture and other fittings can all play a role. Since the walls of the building can weaken the propagation of radio waves, the router should be placed near a window, if possible, where signal levels may be stronger than in the centre of the building. It also helps to place the router as high up as possible, ideally on the top floor if there are several floors.
It’s important to note that an indoor router should definitely be kept indoors. Although it’s tempting to place it on the terrace or balcony to reduce obstacles between the base station and the router and get a stronger connection, it should not be exposed to rain or strong sunlight. The recently renewed Yettel OtthonNet tariff plan allows you to take your internet with you anywhere in the country for 10-day periods under certain conditions. You can do this once every 30 days free of charge – so it’s worth considering the option if you’re looking for a temporary place for the router in your holiday home.

Environment matters

It is generally true that the fewer objects (mostly furniture) in the way of the radio wave, the stronger the signal, but the material of the object that the wave is trying to pass through is also important. Large metal surfaces or thick glass can weaken or deflect the signal. So it’s not ideal to place your router behind the sofa or between the wardrobe and the wall, and it’s also a good idea to move it away from the TV set or a full-length mirror if your WiFi connection isn’t stable enough.

You should also avoid electrical appliances as they can cause interference that can disturb the wireless signal. Baby monitors, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices such as headphones or speakers, and even certain fluorescent lights can use frequencies that can cause interference, so it’s a good idea to keep them as far away from your router as possible. It’s not widely known that water can also absorb radio frequencies, so don’t place your router behind your aquarium.

Worth a try

With the above in mind, it’s worth testing the router in different parts of your home to find the best location. If you have an OtthonNet subscription and a Yettel router, you can use the operator’s dedicated signal strength measurement page to do this. It’s worth taking measurements in at least three different places and comparing the results to check the quality of the wireless signal. Weak signal strength can make it easier to lose your connection, while strong signals ensure a fast and uninterrupted internet connection.

Furthermore, the router used is also crucial. OtthonNet customers get a 5G-enabled router from Yettel, which offers a better internet experience than a 4G-enabled router, even if only 4G coverage is available.

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