Where to Put your Modem

Modem placement definitely matters. Where you place your modem makes a significant impact on the quality of your internet speeds and WiFi connection. When finding a spot for it, follow these tips for the best results.

  • Choose a central location in the home, close to where you connect to WiFi the most—especially for streaming video.
  • Keep it visible. Do not place inside or behind cabinets or furniture, and make sure modem vents are not blocked to prevent overheating.
  • Position your modem upright and elevated on a shelf or table where it’s off the ground but not stacked on top of other equipment.
  • Avoid signal interference. Maintain at least 4 ft of space from the following:
    • Other wireless devices
    • Appliances
    • Electronics
    • Metal, concrete or glass