How to Position Router Antennas for Optimal Coverage

When it comes to setting up a router, positioning the antennas is a crucial step in ensuring you get optimal coverage. But what is the best way to position them? According to experts, the answer may vary depending on the type of router you have.

The most important part of the router is actually the base. While the placement of the antennas may not make a huge difference, it’s important to avoid positioning them in a way that interferes with each other. For example, crossing the antennas can negatively impact your signal strength.

Instead, it’s generally best to spread the antennas out and position them a bit away from each other. Also, avoid laying the router flat – it’s not usually recommended.

You can also change the way the antennas create their field of coverage by orienting the router differently. For example, laying the router flat with the antennas positioned outward can provide the best coverage. If the router is up against a wall, it’s best to position the antennas vertically or horizontally, depending on the orientation of the router.

Some routers even have the option to remove the antennas for potential upgrade paths. However, it’s important to note that changing the antennas can sometimes lead to a worse experience if they haven’t been properly matched to the design of the product.

So, while there may not be a one-size-fits-all answer to the optimal antenna position on a router, positioning them sensibly and avoiding interference is key to getting the best coverage possible.


How should my WiFi antennas be positioned?
Antennas should all be oriented in the same direction, pointing vertically out of the sensor. If the sensor is mounted flat on it's back on a horizontal surface, you should bend the antenna as close to the sensor housing as possible giving you the most amount of antenna pointing vertical.
Does it matter where you point your router antenna?
Manufacturers typically recommend that all antennas point straight up, but Wi-Fi works fastest when the router antenna and the device antenna are positioned the same way. Laptops tend to be horizontal, but the antenna positions for phones and tablets depend on how you hold them.
Where should antennas be placed on wall mounted router?
When mounting the router on the wall, we recommend that the antennas be positioned vertically, whether the antennas are pointing downwards or upwards. There are also Keenetic routers with built-in omnidirectional antennas (there are no ordinary external antennas on the device, they are hidden in the case).