Wireless signal in an apartment complex or rental home has never been more critical. In today’s high-tech world, tenants need to be able to connect through their smartphones, mobile devices, hotspots, and computers. Even if you provide physical cable and wired internet, tenants will still want to send and receive wireless signals both between rooms and with the outside world. However, older homes and apartments are often troubled when it comes to wireless connection. You might be in a bad spot for signal or the building’s materials themselves might even be dampening signal.
Fortunately, connectivity doesn’t have to hold you in the past. There are several ways for a landlord or savvy building manager to boost local connectivity. Whether you are providing complimentary tenant Wi-Fi or merely helping your tenants connect to their own services, a few subtle improvements to your building’s technical gear can go a long way. The key is to strengthen signals that travel through your building and rebroadcast whenever possible. This can enhance the wireless internet you provide and your tenant’s wireless services even in a solid concrete apartment block.
Improving Building-Wide Cellular Signal
The first universal connectivity you can provide for the enjoyment of your tenants is strong cell signal. This is how many people communicate, stay in touch, and pipe in their internet data through mobile hotspots. Cell signal is the leading way to get anywhere-access to internet data, but it is also notorious for cutting out inside large buildings. Cell signal comes from many providers and is picked up by many phones, but the overall connectivity of your building does matter. Many people find themselves standing in bizarre places and pacing around their apartments trying to find a good place to have a conversation or check their email.
Installing Cell Signal Boosters
As a building owner, you can significantly increase the value of your rental venue with the simple placement of a few cell signal boosters. These carrier-agnostic boosters will pick up a signal where it is available and rebroadcast it much further and stronger in the local vicinity. Just one in a smaller building or a few in larger buildings placed where the signal is the strongest can make a huge difference in the reception all of your tenants can receive.
In fact, once you’ve checked the signal strength everywhere, you can use this enhanced cell connectivity as a marketing device. Many people struggle to find a rental home with good signal, and a guarantee is very appealing.
Boosting Shared Wi-Fi
A luxury aspect of many apartment buildings is complementary or opt-in shared Wi-Fi. If it is offered, the owner or building manager arranges for bandwidth and broadcasts the Wi-Fi signal throughout the building. Tenants are then free to connect to the wireless network and enjoy community internet services as part of their residence. This is especially valuable for student communities where many of your residents are young adults with a high need for internet and a low likelihood of having their own cable plans. However, this service you have to offer is no use to anyone if connecting to the network and loading browser pages goes too slowly. The glacial and choppy connection just can’t qualify as an amenity.
If you already have the infrastructure for building Wi-Fi, but your tenants can’t consistently connect, the answer is more routers and re-broadcasting. Most likely, your tenants are either outside your initial router’s signal distance or the building walls are interfering with the transmission. In either case, your best answer is simply to establish more broadcasting infrastructure. The good news is that once you invest in the wireless antenna routers, they will serve faithfully boosting signal for many years after installation.
Installing Wireless Routers
The key to Wi-Fi connectivity is in the outgoing antenna. Each antenna has a certain distance it can travel, and from there, another router may need to pick up and rebroadcast with additional wireless routers. Combine research and results testing to find the limits of your original router and plan to install additional routers at widely spaced intervals to keep your local wifi signal strong. These can be placed on walls, in cabinets, or even mounted on the ceiling as long as they are receiving and sending a signal.
In fact, it’s best to mount wireless routers as high as you can to reduce signal obstructions. Point their antennas straight up and park the routers on top of high shelves or mounted with nails or screws. This will help the signal transmit and make it easier for your tenants to work with it inside their units without actually placing your signal repeaters inside rental residences.
Dedicated Wi-Fi Range Extenders
There are also specific devices known as range extenders that work a lot like routers, but are single-purpose dedicated to extending the range and strength of the wireless signal. These are less versatile and cannot be repurposed like a rebroadcasting router can, but Wi-Fi range extenders are powerful in their single purpose. They are specifically designed to help push the wireless signal through thick walls which is often what landlords and building managers are worried about. Working with range extenders, you may need fewer repeater devices placed in further-spaced locations.
If you already have spaced routers and your signal isn’t satisfactorily strong, the answer may lie in antennas instead. Most people don’t realize this, but you can replace the antennas that come with your wireless routers with larger ones in both width and length to better catch and rebroadcast signals. If you’re looking at a router wondering why it doesn’t have an external antenna, it probably has a weaker antenna instead. To enhance these routers, there is likely to be a port in the back where you can install an external antenna that is bought separately.
Simply by replacing the antennas that come with your routers, you can seriously beef up the strength and reach of your signal. If one or several tenants have been having trouble with their complimentary connectivity, they certainly won’t any longer.
Improving the Connectivity of Your Rental Property