...about how signals from routers travel upwards, therefore having a router lower down would generally result in better signal quality?
Cheers, they won't agree with me and move the router without second-opinions.
Are you talking about wireless here? If you are, then a higher position is better as it see less objects, in its line of sight, RF signals propagate in all directions.
They won't agree with you because your argument is physically unsound. As noted, routers are essentially LOS items that usually broadcast in all directions by default, though you can get directional antennae.
The best position to have any form of static wireless equipment is on the ground floor, in a raised position (think near the ceiling), and preferably as close to the centre of the building as possible. In this fashion you're maximising the potential range of the unit, instead of having half your signal pass through the roof or out of an exterior wall.
If you need improved signal strength, replace the aerials either on the router, on the wireless cards; or on everything.
That, or remove all the metal in your house.
Jesus of Suburbia;3507695That, or remove all the metal in your house.
We can't take out the AC unit that's blocking my sister's room from the router signal. :P
If you want to be picky then technically you shouldn't plan on living in a WiFi-equipped house if you want perfect wireless signal, what with the human body being composed of 90% water and all. ;)
You must all move out of this house at once, remove all metal objects, or those filled with water. Switch off all mobile phones, microwaves and buy a spectrum analyzer to detect all radio frequency emissions from 500MHz to 5GHz. Track these down, and switch them off, including your neighbors. If still not successful cover the entire house in tinfoil and ensure its earthed. Next form a hat from tin foil to ensure that your brain is not emitting.
I suggest that you do the latter first, put on the tinfoil hat, and explain all this to your parents. When you are released from the boobyhatch, let us know how it went?
I think he (Chris_Down) got the point.
Place the router in the most central part of your house, and try to see to it that all signal blocking (large metal objects), and signal distrupting (cordless phones, microwaves) are out of the way of the direction you want to send the signal towards.