Are you paying for a high-speed internet connection, but your Wi-Fi feels slower than a slug? Is your phone or laptop dropping connection as soon as you walk into another room? Feel like you have no control over your own home network?
Wi-Fi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer, and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are 5 ways you can power up the Wi-Fi in your home or office.
Some routers may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them behind the TV cabinet. If you want the best signal, you’ll need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. Place it as close to the center of your household as you can, with any antennas it may have pointed outwards towards the different ends of the house (like arms opening wide for a hug), and have it elevated as much as you can (having it on the floor is not ideal for many reasons).
One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. The main thing you need to know: Wireless A, B, and G connection types are old and slow, and wireless N (and the even newer wireless AC) will give you the fastest speeds around. Connection speed is a two-way deal: even if you have a new laptop with the fastest connection, it'll only go as fast as the connection your router gives (you'll need wireless N on both to gain that speed).
Other routers aren’t the only thing that can cause interference. Cordless phones, microwaves, and other appliances can muck with your signal as well. Buying a dual band router can help with this, but you can also buy cordless phones on other bands too. If you don’t want to buy new hardware, you can always try moving your router further away from interfering appliances, too.
Even if your router has a password, it can be really easy to hack. There are easy ways to find out if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi, but the best thing to do is just lock them out with better security. Using a unique network name, along with a password that is alphanumeric (contains letters and numbers), has uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one symbol(!, @, $, among others) helps exponentially in keeping your network secure from freeloaders.
If someone in your house regularly video chats, plays online games, torrents files, or uses services like Netflix, they may be hogging bandwidth and making the internet slower for everyone else. Try and plan out schedules and keep in communication on who is using an application that uses a lot of bandwidth and find balance, like 4 roommates sharing one bathroom. If someone is not using an app that eats up bandwidth, simply close it to save the speeds for others.
Tried out these tips along with a few others and your Wi-Fi still giving you the blues? Contact us and let us put our expertise at work so you can get all the great Wi-Fi coverage you deserve!