I live in a small 2 bedroom apartment. On our Ipod and phones we lose the wifi signal by walking down the hallway. Why do we have such a weak wifi signal and what can be done to fix this? It is very iritating to say the least.
If I was to guess, I would say there is something in the walls that blocks the signal.
Try moving your modem to a middle room, or get a WiFi repeater and plug in, in the hallway where there is signal
Had a similar issue with wifi routers while living abroad. It is extremely important to choose a router that has both 2.4/5 GHZ and one that can switch channels through software. I went from an old style Apple wifi hub to an ASUS N66U and it was a really big difference. As apartments are made from concrete in southern china - signals drop off badly. The ASUS N66U performed admirably. The ASUS N66U is ~$160 with taxes at staples.... it will broadcast throughout an entire house without any issues at all.
Your Wifi signal is either:
a. being transmitted on a weak transmitter
b. loosing strength due to concrete structures - "dampening of the signal"
c. picking up interference from other wifi/wireless devices
d. a combination of all three.... okay, maybe two?
So I hate to bring this up, but when I was with a different cable/internet provider I never had this issue-ever. Never lost signal, had no issues walking down the hall. I don't see the point in forking out more money to make this work, it should just work.
Tell me, what wifi router do you currently have? Is it one from shaw or from some other company?
It's one from Shaw
Some great explanations/suggestions already provided here. Have you tried changing the wireless channel yet, as shown in the link that nicholas.c948 provided already (here it is again How to Change the Wireless Channel on Your Shaw Wireless Modem), and did you notice any improvement?
The first thing to try is to change the wifi channel so as not to be transmitting on the same frequency as your neighbours. Please refer to https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-1046 for instructions on how to do this. The one thing I would add would be to use a wifi stumbler to review what channels the routers in your area are using. If you have a computer with a wifi card then I usually use inssider by metageek (windows) or kismac (apple) as though they are produced and maintained by 3rd party companies, they are both free and I have not had much issue with them. If you have an android there are plenty of apps that accomplish this. Blackberry has this functionality built into its wifi stack. iPhones and iPads I believe do not have approved programs as it is blocked by Apple. Not sure why.
Please remember that no provider can control what devices are transmitting on Wifi in your area. This is because it's a medium (airwaves) that Shaw/Telus/any other provider does not control, unlike for example our cable lines. Wifi is transmitted specifically on unregulated frequency space so there may be a multitude of devices that transmit in this frequency space. I.E. bluetooth devices, microwaves, some cordless phones, etc. Sometimes you have to be proactive in changing channels to keep an optimal wifi connection.
Hope this helps.
Nice explanation Nicholas
I'll add a little more here... from my International experience with ISPs.
These issues are universal with DOCSIS modems w/ internal WiFi antennae - ie/ Motorola hubs TOT, True (Thailand), and CityNet HK all had the same issues.
After using shaw's DOCSIS modem with WIFI - I noticed that at times it could pick up interference and subsequently signal strength would drop down. After taking a direct connection from a free port from the the DOCSIS modem to my new ASUS router there were no more signal drops. This signal drops from the DOCSIS modem is due to the amount of power in the broadcast antennae built in internally and also signal interference from neighbouring WiFi on the same frequency as Nicholas pointed out. In my experience these DOCSIS modems (same brand) were all set up by default to broadcast on the same channel and the same frequency in both HK and Thailand. They were also locked by the ISPs in those countries as well.
Some other ISPs companies have DOCSIS modems with higher signal outputs or greater ability to switch frequencies...etc, etc. They are all different depending on the brand of internet hub they provide to the customer. The ASUS N66U is considerably more powerful and has more ability to roam frequencies quickly. Haven't had a single drop off my friends WiFi yet.... I'm 20 m away from the source and still can pick up a clean signal going through 3 floors.
Shaw is using very similar technology to HK and Thailand ISPs. An external wifi router is really the only way to get around this signal drop issue in my experience other than physically moving the DOCSIS router to a open location. You have to have the control over the switching of channels and select frequencies in order to have a stable WiFi signal, especially in a close neighbourhood.
Hope I am helping too.
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