Many of the best Wi-Fi routers on the market are sleek, modern and attractive. But what if you rather not have it as part of your living room decor? Let us explore six possible options to disguise it while not sacrificing your internet service signal.
1. Hide It Behind Your TV Stand
The television stand is a focal point of many American living rooms, so it is unsurprising that many people have their routers situated somewhere near it. That provides a lot of opportunities to use the stand itself to hide a router. Many routers include mounting brackets that will let you mount the device to the stand itself or even the wall. If not, there are small racks that you can buy. Mount the rack to the stand or wall, and then use that platform to provide the support that your router needs.
2. Buy or Build a Network Cabinet
A more involved and/or expensive option is to purchase or build a network cabinet. You can choose a cabinet specifically designed to store networking equipment or repurpose a cabinet intended for other purposes. We are partial to hidden compartments, but those can be more involved and costly. Of course, if you choose an external cabinet, there are a lot of options to fit it into your living room decor. Be mindful that a router needs to breathe and can overheat if it cannot. Airflow is a requirement, and this applies not just to this option but all of the options presented in this list.
3. Create or Purchase a Router Box
Router boxes—sometimes called internet service boxes—are becoming increasingly popular. You can purchase them in stores. Students are making them in their shop classes, and you can make one yourself even if you are a novice woodworker. A router box makes it simple to hide the router, provide the router plenty of airflow and enhance the living room with a decorative piece that is distinctive and charming.
4. Disguise It on a Bookshelf
Among the cleverest ways we have come across to hide a router is in a bookshelf. Of course, you can just position it atop some books or in between them, but an even better option is a false front. In other words, people looking at the shelf will see book bindings but no router. It can be a little tricky to get the airflow needed, but with a little work, your router will effectively disappear and remain cool.
5. Place It in a Decorative Basket
Weaved baskets, such as those people use to collect magazines, are an inexpensive and effective way to hide a router. You can easily find a router that is deep enough to hide the router and any protrusions, such as its antennas. In addition, the weave of such baskets is typically enough to block seeing the router but not so tight that you cannot feed Ethernet cables and the like through it.
6. Position It Behind a Photo Frame or Other Decoration
A photo frame, a frame poster or anything with a large frame is a good option to block your route from site. You can use the picture to block a cubbyhole assuming there is some rear air access, but an even easier option is to use a frame stand and to place the router behind it.
The most common mistake people make is choosing their router position based on what they think is ideal for whatever reason rather than what is ideal in terms of high-speed internet performance. In other words, determine your ideal router position, and then, think about how you can hide it in that position.