Basic Solutions To Your Basic Tech Problems
Ever wondered How to increase the signal range of your WiFi? Some routers have a higher range than others (Wi-Fi Nac and those with two or more antennas). It is also possible to swap out the antennas of your router with ones that have a higher gain. Simply replacing the stock antenna with high gain ones can increase range. If you're comfortable with poking around the settings, you can also check if they allow you to increase the routers transmit power (sometimes called TX Power in settings). So just try this.
#6 Rules To Place Your Router
Yes, if you follow these rules, you'll never face basic wifi problems. Wi-Fi signals emanate in a circle, outwards from the router (omni-directionally) — therefore, for maximum Wi-Fi coverage inside the house, you need to place the router as close to the centre of the house as possible. Wi-Fi signals tend to travel down rather than up, so you can maximize coverage inside the house by placing it on a higher location like on top of a cupboard or on a ledge.
Also, Two things eat up wireless signals consistently: Thick walls & interference from other devices like cordless phones, microwave ovens and wireless headphones. Try and avoid thick walls between the router and your most common point of use and place the router at least 6 feet away from other equipment that could cause interference. So just follow this and experience the change.
#5 Wireless Storage And Priniting
Most of us owning printers face problems regarding it. If you are planning to get a new printer, spend a bit more and get one with built-in Wi-Fi. If you already have a wired printer, you can connect it with a compatible Wi-Fi router to make it available to any device on your home network. If you need to upgrade your router, buy one with print server support from Asus, D-Link or Belkin (Rs 2,000 onwards). You can then configure the printer to work as a network printer via the support software or by adding it as a new network printer from Control Panel > Device and Printers. This will definitely help.
#4 Charging Many Devices Simultaneously
All of us do this. For anything that charges with USB, the voltage is always 5volts. The Amps will determine how fast the device charges. For instance, an iPad charger is rated at 5volts and 2.1amps. If you use a charger that only pushes 1Amp, the iPad will still charge, but will take more than twice as long for a full charge. It's now fairly common to have multiple portable devices, but luckily most of them will work with USB charging. This way you can get something like Portronics' 6 port USB charger.
Each port supplies 5volts of power at 1amp. Note that computers and laptops have 'weak' USB ports. This means they only offer 500mAh (0.5amps) of power; not enough to charge a tablet and it will take longer than usual to charge a smartphone.
#3 Managing Multiple Remotes
This can seriously be a pain. The TV in your house is usually connected to multiple sources: A set-top box, DVD or Blu-Ray player, gaming console, media player and a PC. In addition, you probably have remotes for air conditioners, music systems among others. A simple way to solve this issue is to get a universal remote control.
If you prefer something basic and inexpensive, consider options from 'One for All' (Rs 500 onwards). For more features and compatibility, we recommend Logitech Harmony remotes (Rs 2,300 onwards)- they can be programmed to work with multiple devices. If you have unlisted or unbranded devices, get a universal remote with a learning function.
#2 Eliminate power drain
A very important thing to do. Even in standby mode, most devices continue to draw a small amount of power - this is vampire power and what most don't realize is that this small amount of power on a daily basis can increase your power bills by a substantial amount. The simplest way to keep this in check is by making sure that instead of keeping a device in standby, you switch off the mains supply.
#1 Cable management
Technology and cables go hand in hand. To make things look a bit neater, get a basic cable cover organizer (Rs 150 onwards) - this is a flexible hollow pipe that you can use to cover and hide all wires. Alternatively, you can purchase zip ties and tie cables together. For TVs and projectors, you can get a wireless HDMI kit from Latentech (Rs 36,000) that enables wireless connectivity between the screen and the source. For music, you can use a Bluetooth audio receiver (Rs 1,000 onwards) to convert any audio system into a Bluetooth speaker.
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