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How to Boost a Wi-MAX Signal

by Mario Calhoun

WiMAX is, as of 2011, a relatively new type of wireless Internet service that uses 4G technology to connect your computer to the Internet, and tends to be spotty due to the lack of coverage. The 4G connection relies on a clear area in order to receive a signal, and tends to suffer from slow speeds when used in areas that inhibit a clear connection, such as garden apartments, as well as interference from nearby electronic devices that reduces the signal's clarity. Boosting your WiMAX signal requires trial and error through testing the best area of your home to receive a signal, according to the ClearWire site, as coverage is constantly being updated in the area.

Step 1

Place the WiMAX modem near a window. Enclosed areas lower the modem's ability to receive a signal, and can result in a poor connection. The modem should display at least two lights on the modem for a moderate signal, and three for a strong signal.

Step 2

Disable your computer security software. Firewall and anti-virus programs scan each incoming and outgoing connection, which stalls the connection of your WiMAX connection. Once the computer's security protection is disabled, connect to the Internet using the WiMAX modem and reactivate the security software. It is not advisable to browse the Internet without using firewall protection, as your computer is vulnerable to spyware and unwanted cookies that intercept your information.

Step 3

Move nearby electronics at least 3 feet away from the WiMAX modem. Routers, televisions, microwaves and other electronic equipment reduces your modem's signal potential due to the other device's interference.

Step 4

Turn the modem clockwise to adjust the modem's antenna, and wait 15 seconds to 20 seconds while the modem attempts to detect a stronger signal.

Connect the modem to your computer with an Ethernet cable to establish a direction connection between the devices.

Items you will need

  • Ethernet cable

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