Have you ever wondered where the best place in your home to put your wireless router is? One PhD student from London named Jason Cole did, so he mapped out his place and wrote an incredibly complex physics equation to find out.
For Cole’s apartment, the answer to the best location question was dead center of his apartment. When his router is placed there, as Cole puts it, “Tendrils of Internet goodness can get everywhere.” The corner was a second-best option.
Unfortunately, Cole’s home networking formula is a bit too complex to be applied through a web tool – yet. In the meantime, there’s plenty we can learn from the research. On the most basic level, it’s ideal to place your router in the middle of the living space where you use tech the most. If you’re having difficulty getting reception, try moving your router towards a corner that has line of sight with other rooms or, if you have a large home, invest in a router range extender. And, since waves interfere with each other to create tiny pockets of strong and weak signal even in well-covered rooms, you may want to simply move your laptop a couple inches to see if that improves its signal strength.
For more on Cole’s WiFi research, check out his blog. To see the equation in action and the waves of WiFi propagate through his apartment, take a look at the short video below.
[WiFi waves via Jason Cole]