In this article, we will cover how to solve weak wifi for users of the main broadband services in India – Jio, Airtel, or Idea Vodafone. India has hundreds of millions of broadband subscribers across the country and as with all internet, the wifi can sometimes drop out. What solutions are available for this?
We will run through powerline adapters as an excellent potential solution to the problem of weak wifi, and a way of extending fast reliable, internet connectivity to different parts of the home. Wifi mesh systems are also a very effective if more expensive way of spreading wireless coverage more effectively around the home.
Internet speeds do continue to increase in India, with recent stats putting the average fixed line broadband download speed in the country at around 26 megabits per second, and an overall internet speed average of 6.5 mbps. There are home networking solutions which can help users extract the very most out of the internet package they do have in different parts of the home.
Let’s look at some different ways to do this.
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
Thankfully, there are some networking solutions for this, the first of which is a powerline adapter, which consists 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 communciate through the electrical wiring of the house to deliver a wired internet connection to wherever you want it in the house. They are a clever home networking product that allow for a wired connection to your router even if you are several rooms or floors away. They are just using the electrical circuitry of the home rather than having to run long ethernet cables through the house.
How a Powerline Adapter Works in 2 Minutes
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 can be an excellent no nonsense plug and play solution in delivering a wired internet connection to any place you need it in the home. They will work in the majority of homes, as long as the circuitry is wired normally and in good condition, and require little or no setup or DIY. Simply plug them in and they often pair up immediately. Connect your devices and router and you should have a wired internet connection up and running!
Wireless Powerline adapter models are also available for users who also want to connect smaller devices like tablets and phones at the receiving end. These more advanced models produced a cloned wireless access point as well as having one or more ethernet ports to connect wired devices. It is like having a new mini router wherever you plug the second adapter in, for better wifi coverage in that room or part of the house. They require a little setup but the process is easy.
Getting a Product With the Right Plug
This is where the picture gets a little confusing, since the plug socket most often used in India is the “C” plug also used in Europe, yet the Amazon India store mostly only stocks models with the American type “A” plug which, which does not work in the C sockets without an adapter.
You can buy these American to Euro plug converters very cheaply at a local store or on Amazon, but this might become a bit of a pain, especially if you are buying a powerline model with the integrated passthrough socket, and will need to convert both sides of the adapter (both going into the wall and the built in passthrough socket) to use it properly with Indian plug sockets.
The amazon.com store can help out here, since it allows shipping to India on a large selection of products, including powerline adapters. The product may take longer to get to you, but on the amazon.com you can sometimes get the model with the correct Euro type C plug that should work straight away in Indian power sockets without any converter plugs.
Unfortunately the Global Store that is so popular with India users still only stocks the American plug models, but models with the C plug are still available from the main amazon.com site. Sellers may or may not ship to India. Either way where possible we have put a choice page up on product links for India visitors they can choose between the two plug types, since we realize how popular amazon.com still is with shoppers from India.
Mesh Systems as Another Solution
For internet users wanting to really extend more comprehensive wireless coverage to all parts of larger homes, a wifi mesh system might be another alternative. These consist of a set of two or three nodes or pods, which are placed at certain parts in the home to boost wifi coverage more consistently all throughout the property.
You connect the main node to your current router, and it syncs up with an ethernet cable, and it syncs up your current wifi network. This becomes your new main router. You then place the other one or two nodes at certain other parts of the home, close enough so they can “catch” the signal from the main node and far enough away that they can amplify the signal to other parts of the home.
The idea is to spread more reliable and consistent wireless coverage to more remote parts of the home which may have struggled to get a good reception before. This can allow for smoother browsing and streaming even in rooms further away from the main router. See below for pictures of some models and a video of a mesh system being installed and tested.
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 main problem with Mesh Systems though is that they are much more expensive than powerline adapters, though they can deliver a more comprehensive wireless solution. They can be better for very large homes and businesses, or where users want wireless connections only and don’t want any wires trailing around. They are however a much heftier investment than powerline adapters.
Powerline adapters may be a better solution for gamers who want a wired connection for the lowest ping possible, or users who just need a solid connection to one particular room. You can also install multiple powerline adapters in different rooms and create a powerline network with multiple wired access points in the home. See the article linked below for more discussion of the pro’s and cons of mesh systems and powerline adapters.