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Your wireless router is in the WRONG spot

IF you’re having broadband issues, there’s a high chance you’ve placed your router in the wrong place.

Choosing the right spot can be tricky, especially when you have limited choices depending on where the main cable comes into your home.

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But an expert from USwitch.com has revealed to The Sun exactly where crowds could be making matters worse.

1. Avoid storing it in closets

WiFi routers aren’t the prettiest of things, so it’s no wonder people try to cram them in a closet.

However, this can have a very negative impact on your connection.

“This is probably the most common mistake,” says broadband expert Nick Baker.

“If you keep it in a closet, in a box under the stairs, or hidden away, you’re directly blocking most of your WiFi signal.”

2. Choose a central location

Your wireless router sends signals in all directions, so the more central the better.

It’s best to have it as close to the center of your home as possible, then it can reach as many different areas as possible.

Putting it somewhere like on the windowsill will only send a signal outside, obviously of no use to anyone.

3. Don’t put it near a fish tank

If you have an aquarium, avoid placing your router right next to it.

“Only if you put the router there and your aquarium in front of it,” Nick explained.

“If there’s an aquarium in the room you’ll be fine, it won’t absorb all of your radio waves, it will just block it like any other piece of furniture.”

4. Large electrics also interfere

The same goes for your TV – especially if you have an antenna.

If your router is in the kitchen, make sure it’s not near the microwave as this will really interfere with the connection.

5. Radiators are a big no

Radiators should already be a massive red flag of a fire hazard.

While the heat doesn’t affect the connection itself, it only causes the router to break.

6. First check your broadband speed

Before you go to the trouble of moving your router, make sure the actual broadband service isn’t the problem.

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“You should be able to see how many bars you have on your WiFi on your device. So if it’s full bars, it could be an issue with your actual broadband connection,” Nick warned.

“So before you unplug all the wires and move it around the house, make sure your WiFi is strong and run a speed test.”

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