This article applies to all internet users in all Scandinavian countries, including Sweden (Telia, ComHem, Bredbandsbolaget), Denmark (YouSee, Fullrate, Telenor, Telia), Norway (Telenor, AltiBox, NextGenTel) and Finland (Elisa, Telia, DNA or Finnet), or any other internet provider in these countries.
We will go through all the different options to solve weak wifi for home internet users in these countries. There are some simple steps to take with your router and devices to get a better signal, but if these don’t work then it may be worth trying out some home networking products like powerline adapters and wifi mesh systems to improve connectivity around the home.
Internet speeds are known for being very good in the Scandinavian countries, up there with some of the highest in the world, but weak wifi can still be a problem for all internet users. Swedish provider Telia in particular has some pretty bad reviews for the quality of their routers and service.
Wifi can also drop out over distance, further limiting the bandwidth available. Let’s look at some quick tips to fix weak wifi, and then some home networking solutions if the problem persists even after taking these steps.
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 For Weak Wifi
Powerline adapters are a clever solution to the problem of weak wifi, using the house’s existing electrical wiring to send a stronger, more reliable signal between a router and a device. They consist of a pair of adapter plugs, one of which is plugged in and connected to your router, and the other of which is plugged in and connected to your device.
The two plugs then communicate through the electrical wiring of the house or apartment to deliver a strong, wired internet connection to your device, even if it is several rooms away from the router. They can therefore bypass the problem of weak wifi and send data over the copper electrical wiring instead for a better 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.
They are excellent home networking solutions that take advantage of the fact that copper can also send data as well as electricity. They allow a direct wired connection to your router, even if you are not in the same room, but you don’t have to run long network cables all through the house or apartment. This is important as wired connections are almost always faster and more reliable than wireless ones for a number of reasons.
Finding The Right Product
The correct product for all the wall sockets in the Scandinavian countries is the Euro type “C” plug, with the two pins. Denmark has a slightly different 3 pin wall socket in places, but the 2 pin plug still works in these outlets. Our product linking system will direct you to the correct model for each product, that should work with the plug sockets in the Nordic countries.
We are also aware that Scandinavians like to shop around in different places online. Where possible we will also give you a choice page between the Amazon UK and Amazon Germany stores for you to compare prices and delivery rates. Sometimes the price and availability does vary between the stores. Delivery times may sometimes be slightly quicker from Germany, though not usually by a lot.
Standard powerline adapters also only deliver a wired connection to devices. For users also wanting to connect wireless devices like tablets and iPhones, then a wireless powerline adapter is the product to use. These products have both wired and wireless features.
These are very similar to normal powerline adapters, but they also produce a cloned wireless access point in whichever room you plug them in. It is like having a new “mini” router in another room, so you can connect smaller portable devices to this access point instead of the main router for a better signal and more bandwidth.
See our page on wireless powerline adapters for pictures and links to these products. They look and work almost the same as normal powerline adapters; they just give you a wifi option as well as one or more wired cable connections to use.
See our Product Comparison Table for a list of all the standard and wireless powerline adapter models on our site. You can compare the product by the features they have so you can get the product you need for your house or apartment.
Modern powerline adapters tend to work very well with little or no interference and deliver a very strong and reliable connection. Problems are rare but see our troubleshooting page and also this excellent mini guide for help with any problems which do occur.
Wifi Mesh Systems as Another Solution
If you have a much larger budget and you really want to expand strong wireless coverage over a much bigger house or apartment, then Wifi Mesh Systems are another home networking solution to the problem of weak wifi.
Mesh systems consist of a kit of two or three nodes or pods, which are placed in certain places around the home to boost wifi coverage to all areas. They can deliver a strong signal in rooms further away from the router where may have struggled to get a reliable signal before.
You firstly plug the main node into your current router with an ethernet cable. This node will quickly connect with the wifi of your main router. You then need to download the app that comes with the product, as this allows you to set up the rest of the mesh network (names, passwords, etc).
Once the first node is set up you then place the other nodes around the home at certain points, where they can pick up the signal from the main node but also boost this signal to other parts of the home.
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.
The idea here is that the mesh systems allows for good reception everywhere for users on wifi, so you can now stream and download more easily in rooms further away from the router. They are elegant solutions which are completely wireless with no need for any network cables, if this is what you prefer.
The major negative to mesh systems is that they are very expensive products, costing several hundred dollars or euros. They are much more expensive than powerline adapter kits and only really recommended if you have a large budget and do not want to use powerline adapters.
They can be useful in very large homes where you need to extend wireless coverage over a large space, but performance can also vary, as it always does in wifi. Our conclusion is that in most cases, powerline adapter products can do an equally good job for much less money. See our article comparing wifi mesh systems with powerline products for more information.