How to Boost your Wireless Strength with DD-WRT

If you have a DD-WRT powered router then you already know how powerful and feature-full it is, compared to a standard out-of-the-box ISP provided router.

This article will be about making use of the features that DD-WRT provides out of the box, as well as some other ‘hacks’ we can use to boost the wireless signal in your home or office.
The ones I will talk about today are as follows (in order of usefulness and ease):

  1. Wireless channel selection
  2. Update firmware and/or drivers!
  3. Transmit (Tx) Power
  4. Beacon Interval

Choosing the Right Channel for Your Wireless Network

Choosing the wireless channel to use on your network can be a real pain in the ass; especially if you live or work (if this is a business network) in a densely populated area.

Put simply, channels are the radio ‘frequencies’ which your devices use, to talk to the router to get on to the internet or on the LAN.
If there are too many routers using the same channel in a close proximity, you are more likely to experience a slower connection, connection dropouts, general interference and other problems.