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  #2496008 1-Jun-2020 07:42
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Tip on its side, or if it’s one corner of the house angle it downwardsat 45 degrees or similar.

 

its worth and try and costs nothing but time. If you have an android phone, get the wifi analyser app to see what’s happening.

 

But as I said before, the loft space is full of moisture and temperature extremes - your kit will deteriorate very quickly up there. If you were able to get some drops made into a closet or somewhere else discreet, to relocate your cable modem and thus enable repositioning of the hub, that will make a bigger and better difference. It might not even cost that much - its only a couple of hours of work.





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The most important thing to remember is that an antenna does not radiate a RF outwards in every direction - it is not an isotropic radiator.

 

A standard omnidirectional antenna which is the norm on a router with external antennas (and is typically the same antenna design used in routers with an internal antenna array) will create a donut shaped radiation pattern outwards from the antenna. It radiates a signal outwards but does not propagate signals above or below. If you place a router with an omnidirectional antenna in a 2nd story and try to use WiFi from the floor below this will always be best effort.

 

If you want coverage that radiates outwards and downwards you need to look at an AP that provides this sort of coverage. The classic example of this is 99% of AP's with integrated antennas on the market (and I'll use a round UniFi AP here as the example because it's mid range gear that people will be familiar with). The antenna pattern from a round UniFi AP mounted on a ceiling on the 2nd floor will radiate a signal downwards and outwards and will offer better coverage on a floor below.

 

99% of people will never be able to grasp antenna propagation and antenna radiation patterns due to the complexities, which is unfortunate because if you don't understand this you simply won't comprehend why WiFi does (and doesn't) work like it does.

 

 

 

 


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