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8 Things That Cause Wi-Fi Connectivity Problems


There's nothing more annoying to a student or an employee than a slow connection. Oftentimes, this is what affects productivity not to mention the stress one experiences as a result of this. So what's causing these connectivity problems? Here are 8 things that cause wi-fi connectivity problems.

Too many devices

There's no other time in history where people see a huge influx of consumer electronic devices than now. That also means each person carries more than two wireless devices that need to connect to the Internet. Imagine 10 to 20 devices connecting at the same time - that would surely slow down any connection.


Whether they are mirrors or the tinted glass that serves as the wall of the office, glass is one of the top vampires of Internet connectivity. Mirrors can lessen wi-fi strength up to 50 percent. On the other hand, tinted glass often has metal additives to it, which is what zaps wi-fi connectivity away.


People might wonder why the signal is poor at the beach or anywhere near a body of water. That's because water is another huge wi-fi killer because of its density. Thus, offices which have large aquariums inside them might experience connection problems because of 'agua.'

Low-quality router

Most routers in offices that are installed by an ISP provider are of low-quality and can not support multiple users. Thus, it is advisable for businesses to invest in a high quality router if they don't want to encounter a headache in the future. Also, it is not worth losing a client for the sole reason that their Internet connection has failed.

Inadequate spacing and poor floor planning

Businesses need to give enough space for their equipment in order to ensure that there is consistent, supportive signal for everybody. That means the router should not be 'safely' tucked inside a cabinet at the back of the office while the rest of the dev team sits behind an enclosed glass office.

Too many people

The human body is made up of 65 percent water which means if a room is filled with 50 people, wi-fi connectivity gets affected. In order to avoid this problem, the wi-fi router should be placed in a much higher area to minimize interference from human bodies.

Too many separate wi-fi networks

Some offices oftentimes have several separate wi-fi networks with different passwords. With all those routers in close proximity with each other, expect their signals to interfere with each other further doing harm than good to your connectivity.

Filing cabinets

Filing cabinets are made up of metal which, in turn, slows down wi-fi strength. Thus, it is advisable not to place the wi-fi router near filing cabinets to avoid connectivity problems.

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