How to improve your RV Wi-Fi network’s performance

First, make sure you are getting the most out of your current Wi-Fi router: Mount it in a central location in your RV, preferably high on a wall or close to your computer.

If you plan to use your computer outside, locate the router next to an adjacent window.

Make sure that other 2.4-GHz devices such as cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless audio speakers, Bluetooth gadgets, and microwave ovens are not causing interference.

Separate your router from your neighbors’ router on the Wi-Fi spectrum. It’s common to find fellow RVers using Wi-Fi. Add to that many RV parks have Wi-Fi. If they are using channel 1, for example, try channel 12 to minimize the chance of cross-channel interference.

If you still get a poor signal, consider upgrading to a router that incorporates MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) or draft-n technology. These routers not only provide far greater range than standard 802.11b/g routers, but they also boost speed by as much as ten times.

Finally, consider replacing the Wi-Fi adapter in your computer with a more robust one. There are Wi-Fi adapters that have stronger radios and/or external antennas.

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