Improve Wi-Fi range and speeds

Try these tips to increase your Wi-Fi speed and range.

Easy fixes for Wi-Fi problems - from little tricks round the house to adding the latest Wi-Fi extras.
New Telstra Smart Wi-Fi booster on kitchen table

Want a better home Wi-Fi experience?

  1. Optimise your Wi-Fi setup

  2. Use a reliable Wi-Fi modem

  3. Add a Wi-Fi booster device

Tips to optimise your Wi-Fi setup

Increase Wi-Fi range

Sometimes all it takes is a few smart moves to improve your Wi-Fi signal

Move your modem to a central point

This maximises the modem's ability to send a strong signal through your home.

Place your modem well off the floor

Desk or shelf height is ideal. Too close to the ceiling can be as bad as too low to the floor.

Keep modem away from thick walls and solid objects

Solid internal walls can block your Wi-Fi signal. 

Add a booster to extend the signal

In larger and non-standard homes, our Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 3 can fill black spots and get the signal to every room.

Improve Wi-Fi speed

The quick tips can help boost Wi-Fi and stop your shows being buffered!

Speed test your modem

You may find areas where the Wi-Fi is not as strong as it can be. 

Check for interference

Other electrical devices can slow down your Wi-Fi. Switch suspect devices off and check your signal.

Turn the modem off. Then on.

A simple reboot can noticeably increase your W-Fi speed. (Leave it off for 10 seconds.)

Use our app to manage your Wi-Fi

Get help and manage your internet service on the My Telstra app.

Reduce interference

Devices like microwaves, baby monitors, cordless phones and TVs can affect your Wi-Fi.

Look for patterns

Is your Wi-Fi affected each time the microwave or cordless phone is used?

Unplug suspect devices

Unplug each device that might be interfering, one by one, to see if your Wi-Fi improves.

Move interfering devices

Move any devices that are causing interference away from your modem.

Upgrade to a smart modem

If you're using an older modem, consider switching to the Telstra Smart Wi-Fi Modem.

Improve device connectivity

Tips to run laptops, mobiles, tablets, TVs, and gaming consoles more smoothly.

Optimise activities you care about

Prioritise your online traffic so specific activities and devices get more bandwidth with Internet Optimiser.

Get the best Wi-Fi gear

The latest smart modems are designed to run multiple devices at once. If you're using an older model, consider upgrading to the Telstra Smart Wi-Fi modem. 

Modems and extras to improve Wi-Fi


Telstra Smart Modem Gen 3

More Wi-Fi speed on more devices in more corners of the house, with the latest Wi-Fi 6 Certified technology.


Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 3

Wi-Fi 6 Certified and our fastest booster yet. Improves Wi-Fi speeds and delivers guaranteed wall-to-wall coverage, or you can cancel with no further charges.


Power backup for modems

Provides back-up power for up to four hours in the event of a mains electricity outage.

Optimise your internet

Internet Optimiser

Make your internet work better for you.

Whether it's working from home, streaming or gaming, Internet Optimiser lets you choose what comes first.

For Telstra nbn customers with a compatible smart modem. Excl. Fixed Wireless, ADSL and Ultrafast plans.

Easy tools to do it yourself

Fix Wi-Fi issues and optimise your home setup for faster internet with our free step-by-step troubleshooting guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some quick fixes for a better Wi-Fi signal:

  • Move your modem away from thick walls and solid objects 
  • Check for intererence from other appliances
  • Run a free speed test on your Wi-Fi
  • If you're not getting any improvement, consider adding a Telstra Smart Wi-Fi Booster

You'll find lots more Wi-Fi optimisation tips and tricks on the page above.

Read more tips and tricks to improve your Wi-Fi

Here are some quick tips that may help improve your Wi-Fi speed:

  • Check for intererence from other appliances
  • Turn your modem off. Wait 10 seconds then turn back on. Sometimes a reset can refresh the connection
  • Prioritise the activities that matter like streaming, working or gaming with Internet Optimiser. It's included at no extra cost with your Smart Modem. 
  • If you're still not getting any improvement, consider adding a Telstra Smart Wi-Fi Booster, which improves Wi-Fi speeds as it extends Wi-Fi coverage.

You'll find more Wi-Fi optimisation tips and tricks on the page above.

Read more tips and tricks to improve your Wi-Fi

Yes, multiple devices using your internet connection at once can slow it down to some degree. This is usually most notable if you have several data-hungry devices like gaming consoles and streaming devices running at the same time. 

In that situation, consider staggering access. Generally - depending on your type of plan and your in-home setup - you should be able to connect between 30 and 60 devices to your Wi-Fi without a noticeable drop in speeds.

If you're not getting any improvement, consider adding a Telstra Smart Wi-Fi Booster which uses 3 Wi-Fi bands so you get a stronger signal on multiple devices.

Wi-Fi boosters connect wirelessly with your modem to expand Wi-Fi range and strengthen your Wi-Fi signal. They're especially good for larger and non-standard homes.

With Wi-Fi mesh boosters, there’s no manual switching from modem to booster. Devices move seamlessly to the best possible signal as you move around. 

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-FI mesh standard. It both improves coverage and improves Wi-Fi speeds on devices meshed with it. 

Telstra Smart Wi-FI Booster Gen 3 is the first booster to include Wi-Fi 6. Smart Wi-Fi boosters work by meshing, or pairing with your modem to create a single, extended network.

This means that your devices only see one network, and can move seemlessly around the house without interrupting the connection.

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