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WiFi is the all surrounding and unseen internet giver. When you travel abroad using WiFi can be a lifesaver when it works. But it can be very inconvenient when you lose signals, whilst you are in the middle of data roaming.
In the Wi-Fi industry the range between your device and router can depend on the quality, speed and even connection of the WiFi. WiFi are basically radio waves. These radio waves can be disrupted or hindered and generates wireless “dead zones. This in turn makes roaming to connect with family and friends while abroad difficult.
Let’s look in more depth what causes WiFi dead zones and what exactly can be done to overcome them and bring the internet back to normal …
The Causes of dead zones
Dead zones are cause by interferences to your Wi-Fi radio. The potential causes for this kind of interference includes:
Distance: The distance in area between your wireless router and your laptop or devices can definitely be a problem, especially if you are residing in a large accommodation when travelling. To avoid these types of issues, you may have to move your router and reduce the distance those radio waves have to travel such as moving the router to a more central spot.
Construction: The places you reside especially such as very old buildings may not have been built with WiFi in mind. They may also have thick plaster walls installed with metal support wiring that block Wi-Fi signals.
Blockage: Other interferences such as include big filing cabinets, large metal objects like shelves and desks and metal walls can interfere in the same way and can also be standing in the way of you and your Wi-Fi. The fewer obstructions signals must pass through, the greater their strength.
Other Wi-Fi: Living closely to other wireless networks can also affect Wi-Fi reception, especially if nearby neighbors have their Wi-Fi networks on the same wireless channel as yours.
Diagnosis Tips: Of course, identifying dead zones is a no brainer. If signal strength on your smartphone drops to zero, you’re in the dead zone. If you want to examine further, take your phone or laptop to different rooms and try to stream something over Wi-Fi. If for example the lounge area in your hotel room is fine but the bedroom drops out, then you have found the dead zone.
Alternatively there are tech tools such as the free Android WiFi Analyzer app you can use to detect dead zones and analyze signal strength.
How to Fix dead zone area
If moving to different rooms and having less obstructions doesn’t work while you are abroad and you still have a dead zone, the problem can be helped by purchasing a Wifi extender such as WorldSIM’s Huawei WS320. This WiFi extender can help fix dead zones by picking up the existing Wi-Fi signal from your wireless router and simply rebroadcasting it. They can extend the range, strength, and usefulness of your Wi-Fi network coverage beyond the reach of your Wi-Fi router.
For more info check out: https://www.worldsim.com/huawei-wifi-extender
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