Slow internet connection can be very infuriating, especially if you have other things to do. Or if you have to complete an assignment on time. Sometimes you’d want to cry or even cuss the router.
Luckily, we got you a few quick tips to make your Wi-Fi faster, throughout the house.
Quick tips boost your Wi-Fi’s speed
1. Centralise and raise the router
The position where the router is stationed counts a lot. If the router is pretty far in some corner, you probably won’t get better signals at the other end.
The best place to station a router is close to the centre of the house (or room) as possible. It should be in an open area. If possible, no other electronics should be close to it.
The router should also be a little higher. This technique allows the router send signals both upwards and downwards, thus maximizing the coverage.
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2. Re-position the antennas
If your router comes with two external antennas, try standing them perpendicular. One should point vertical and the other positioned horizontally.
If the router has only one antenna, position it both vertically and horizontally to see which works better.
3. Secure the wireless network with a passcode
Most people set up wireless security for their network but plenty others also do not. This may slow down the network if uninvited users are on the network. It is also a potential threat users of the network since it’s easy for bad people to steal data from unsecured network.
I recommend you choose WPA2 as the encryption method, them a passcode you’ll easily remember. Share passcode only with people you want on the network.
4. Utilise a heat mapping software
Another tip is using heat mapping software. Heat mapping software lets you see what your network heat map looks like. It also lets you know exactly what coverage every corner in your house/room is getting. You’ll know if there are nearby networks interfering with yours.
Knowing this information, you can then re-position your router, antennas to solve your problems.
5. Switch to 5GHz
The frequency your router is operating on could also be the problem. A lot of routers have the option for you to choose between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
Bluetooth devices, and even some microwaves cause disturbances in the 2.4GHz spectrum. The best bet is to switch to the 5GHz to reduce the drop-offs. Do this in your router’s administrator panel.
6. Contact your ISP
Get in contact with your ISP. The problem may be coming from their end. Call them and they may know what exactly is happening to your network’s speed, and find a solution for you. Additionally, they can fix any other problem fix it for you.
7. Upgrade your router
Maybe it’s time to move for a new router. If your router is quite old, it may be the culprit of the slow network.
Routers aging 5 years or more do not support new technology well. Most of them can’t support internet speed of 100Mbps.
Look up the model number of the router and compare its specs with that of the internet data package from your ISP.