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In this article we will turn specifically to solving weak wifi for the major Greek ISPs. Fixed line broadband internet coverage is widespread in Greece now, but as with internet users all over the world, sometimes weak wifi can be a problem and make browsing and streaming difficult. What options are there to solve this?
We will go through powerline adapters as an excellent home networking solution for the problem of weak wifi. These devices allow you to extend wired internet access to different parts of the home, even a long way from the router, for more reliable connectivity. We will also cover Wifi Mesh Systems as an even more comprehensive solution to spread the wireless signal throughout the home.
Quick Tips For Solving Weak Wifi
Weak wifi can happen for a number of reasons, but the main reason is simply that wifi signals always tend to degrade and weaken the further they get from the router. See our article on the technical reasons for this. Thankfully there are some good home networking products like powerline adapters which can help with this problem and boost internet coverage around the home.
There are also some general steps to take which may fix the problem. Here are the common ones:
- Move closer to the router.
- Move the router to a more central location in the house if possible.
- Reset the router.
- Reset your device.
- Use an ethernet cable instead of wifi if possible, for a stronger connection.
- See our article on weak wifi for tablets and iPhones for some additional tricks you can try with these devices to solve weak wifi.
If none of these steps work then you may have to use some home networking solutions to get a better internet connection around the home. Let’s look at some solutions in more detail below.
Powerline Adapters as a Solution
Powerline adapters are an excellent solution to this problem of weak wifi. They consist of a pair of adapter plugs. You plug one adapter into the wall and connect it to your router. You plug the other adapter into another wall socket and connect it to your device. The two plugs then communicate through the electrical wiring of the house, delivering a strong, wired internet connection to your device, like your games console or PC.
They are a clever solution to the problem of weak wifi. They can deliver a strong wired ethernet connection to any room in the house, even a long distance from the router. They are just using the existing electrical wiring of the house, instead of you needing to run long ethernet cables through the house. They are turning your electrical wall socket into an internet connection!
TheTP Link Nano TL-PA4010 Kit model is an entry level, best selling no nonsense powerline adapter model with just one ethernet port and no passthrough. Click here to view on Amazon. It will provide a solid, wired ethernet connection to your router using the existing electrical wiring of your house. See our full review of the product and our Powerline Adapters page. Our Product Comparison Table compares all the wired and wireless powerline adapter models at a glance by feature and functionality.
Click on the product link to check the price of the basic model on Amazon. We are aware that online shoppers in Greece tend to compare the prices of products on different stores, so where possible we have provided a choice page where you can compare the same product between the Amazon UK and Germany store. Delivery costs to Greece may be cheaper when ordered from within the EU. We always link to the product with the correct Euro plug which should work in the power sockets in Greece.
For users who also want to connect smaller devices wirelessly, like tablets and iPhones, wireless powerline adapter models are also available. These work exactly the same way as a normal powerline adapter, except they also produce a new wireless access point on the second adapter. It is like having another wireless router where the second adapter is. You can then connect devices to this closer access point for a stronger, more reliable wifi signal.
Our product comparison table compares all the wired and wireless powerline adapter models. Models are available with more than one ethernet port to connect multiple devices, an integrated plug socket and wireless function. You can see the different features of each model to select the exact model you need.
Wifi Mesh Systems as a More Advanced Solution
If you are looking for a more complete solution to spread wireless coverage all around the home, then a Wifi Mesh System is another product which can help. These consist of a set of nodes or pods which are placed at certain points around the home to boost the wifi signal to all the different corners.
You connect the first node to your router with a network cable. This then connects to your current wifi network and becomes your new main router. You then place the other one or two nodes at other parts of the home, so they can pick up and boost the wifi coverage to other parts of the home. The idea is to deliver a stronger and more reliable signal to all rooms further away from the main router.
The Netgear Orbi RBK40 Mesh System is an entry level kit which will spread reliable wireless coverage for an average 4 bed, 2 floor property up to 3000 sq ft. Click here to view the model on Amazon. See our Mesh System page for links and product reviews for more brands and models of mesh systems which can cover larger properties.
See the video below of a user installing and testing out a mesh system. They can be very effective in delivering more signal and bandwidth to areas of a house where the signal was poor before. This can allow for smoother browsing and streaming in rooms further away from the router.
Which Product Should I Choose?
Powerline adapters are usually much cheaper products than mesh systems, and can deliver a very effective solution for users wanting a stronger wired internet connection when further away from the router. They can be very useful for gamers who need the strongest connection possible to prevent lag, where the player jumps on the screen. They deliver a wired connection to your router, which is usually more reliable and consistent then wifi.
Mesh systems are much more expensive products, with good models costing several hundred euros or more. They can be useful if you only want wireless coverage and don’t want to have any wires lying around. They can also be better for very large homes or businesses where you need wireless coverage to all parts of it. See the video above for a demonstration of how a mesh system can improve wireless coverage in a large home.
However, there is no need to spend so much money on a mesh system in all cases. In many cases a powerline adapter will give you the solution you need and will cost much less. Entry level powerline adapter models are much cheaper than mesh systems and may be the better solution in most cases.