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Great apps to spot and avoid dead Wi-Fi zones

Great apps to spot and avoid dead Wi-Fi zones
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The joy of Wi-Fi is that you can use your gadgets anywhere in your house. Want to browse the internet on your couch with a tablet? Sure. Want to download the latest recipes on your laptop in the kitchen? Great.

Of course, like any tech, Wi-Fi isn't perfect. You'll often find that there are spots in the house that the Wi-Fi signal doesn't quite reach. Or if it does, you'll see slow load times or the spinning wheel of death. It's more than aggravating, to say the least.

What causes the dead zones? It could be a number of things you can't control - internet thieves, thick plaster walls, metal wiring and metal objects like filing cabinets or washers and dryers, baby monitors and wireless security cameras, the list goes on.

Fortunately, there is something you can control. There are several ways you can eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your house. But first, you need to correctly identify these problem areas.

Next page: Here are two apps that can help you find where the weakest Wi-Fi spots are in your house.
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