How I Quadrupled Internet Speed in a Resort Room… with a Rope

I just temporarily moved into a room, or more exactly a small bungalow, and with my line of work I kind of need decent internet. I was told they had “WiFi”, and when I tried it out, I could log in fine, but the speed was pretty dismissal. I repeated the test close to the router and it achieved speeds I could easily live with.

In Room (left) vs Close to router (right) Click to Enlarge

I happened to have a repeater with me, but it did not help as the only place I could plug was just outside my room, right under a roof, and performance was even worse (around 1 Mbps).

So I had a closer look at the router installation, about 10 meters from my room, and realized it was basically stuck under a roof, which should block signals somewhat, but I’m just not sure how much… So I moved the router down, letting it hang by its power cord for testing…

That means there was basically line-of-sight except for the bungalow walls and door, plus some tree along the way, and it made a massive difference as I more than quadrupled the internet speed… just like that…

So you may ask, where is the rope in the story, man? Well, I could not just leave the router hanging like that… So I tried to find somebody around, and doing so I found a rope on the floor, asked if I could use it to attach the router to the pole, so here we go…

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I met the owner since then, and he’s afraid the router may get wet due to the rain. So I’ll probably weatherproof it with a thin plastic bag, or something else…

The moral of the story is where you place your router can be critical, and in this moving the router down by around 20 centimeters to allow line-of-sight, and move it away from the metal bars, allowed me to quadruple the Internet speed in my room.

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Olivier Barthelemy
Olivier Barthelemy
2 months ago

You could have dusted it off ;-p

Meth
Meth
2 months ago

Where are you?

Meth
Meth
2 months ago

I forgot you were in Thailand but the pic looked like what I saw in places like Vietnam and Cambodia!!

zoobab
2 months ago

Does this repeater have dual radios?

If not, you could boost it even more if you are not hoping on the same wifi channel.

David Willmore
David Willmore
2 months ago

I’ve also had to adjust wifi routers in lodgings a number of times. Sometimes it’s as simple as adjusting the antenna alignment–I’ve seen too many with the antennas still folded along the back or both parallel with each other. A simple adjustment has always made a big improvement. I am tempted to get a repeater to take along on trips. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

FransM
FransM
2 months ago

In India they even have a word for such hacks: “jugaad”.
Google for it (and make sure to google for images too)

Drone
Drone
2 months ago

Carry a short coax extension jumper cable and a wad of Blue-Tack to stick the antenna up. No need to unmount the router.

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