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How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal

Wi-fi tip - perpendicular placement for antennas

If you have a router with adjustable antennas, I have a tip that can help you improve your wi-fi signal. Actually, this tip is from Alf Watt. He created the popular iStumbler Wi-Fi utility and is a former Apple Wi-Fi engineer. According to Alf (reminds me of the old ALF TV show), it’s best to point one antenna straight up and have the other antenna parallel to the ground.

According to Alf, the perpendicular placement is best because radio reception is maximized when both client and access point have matched polarization (antennas pointing along the same plane). Some client devices have antennas in vertical orientation, some horizontal. For instance, the current line of MacBook have their antennas in the black plastic part of the hinge in a horizontal orientation. By pointing antennas vertically and horizontally, you’ll maximize radio reception no matter which way your device’s antenna is oriented.

I actually have three antennas on one of my routers. I wonder how I should point the third antenna. I’m guessing it should be pointed at a 45 degrees angle. Anyone know the answer?

Source: 4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Review: TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router - front view

I was sent a TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router (List Price: $76.64, Amazon Price: $56.81) for review on my geek dad blog. I’ve been using it for a couple months now and I highly recommend it. To be honest, until I tried it out, I don’t think I would have recommend the TP-LINK wireless router. It has nothing to do with the quality. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to routers, and I like to stick with a brand like Linksys. But now that I have tried the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND wireless N gigabit router, I definitely would consider TP-LINK (Facebook | Twitter) when I need another wireless router.

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Six Tips for Securing Your Wireless Network

I had to setup a new Linksys wireless router recently and I thought I would share some tips for improving the security of your wireless network. Below are six ways for securing your wireless router.

Tip #1: Change the default password
local IP address of routerI’ve owned several routers through the years and it seems like all of them use 192.168.1.1 as the IP address, admin as the user name, and password as the password. In my opinion, most people don’t even bother to change the default password, which is a big mistake — especially if you share your WiFi connection with neighbors, house guests, and nerdy friends of your kids (when they come over to do homework). If you don’t change your password, anyone can log into your router and makes changes — like locking you out, disabling the firewall, and turning on remote router access. Now would also be a good time to change the local IP address of your router (something other than 192.168.1.1).

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