Improve connectivity and coverage.
We now live at a time where the internet is easily accessible through our mobile devices. This includes watching movies or simply listening to your favorite songs all in the comfort of your own home. While millennials may remember a time when the computer with a wired connection is the only way to access the internet, the emergence of Wi-Fi as a common connectivity standard has now changed that.
Despite the new advancements of wireless connectivity that include Wi-Fi 6, many users would still encounter problems when connecting at home and at times resort to rather expensive ways to improve their connections without really doing anything. There could be a plethora of reasons why your connection isn’t giving you the speeds that you require, but you can do some of these tips to make sure your network is in tip-top shape.
Check your router’s firmware
Every once in awhile, routers would need an update to include new settings along with fixing some bugs. Newer routers tend to this update automatically but if you are curious, you can check your router settings to see if you’re running the latest firmware.
See where your router is placed
Ideal router placement should always be in the middle of any room – especially for a wireless router. It needs to be in an open space as possible so that it can evenly distribute the signal and for routers with antennas, make sure these antennas are pointing up. It is also suggested that the router is placed in an elevated platform, even mounting it to a wall is recommended.
Extend or go Mesh
If coverage is still a problem, then you would probably need to buy extenders or use access points to create a Mesh network. Wi-Fi signals tend to get blocked by thick concrete walls, so if your house has a similar setup, then consider investing in extra equipment to extend your range.
Optimize your channels
If there are a lot of Wi-Fi signals in your area (i.e. if you are living in a building with multiple Wi-Fi connections) then chances are it could interfere with the channels being used by your network. Interference could mean a slowed-down connection or even worse, no connection at all. Play around with your router settings to see which channel is optimal for all connections.
QoS, or Quality-of-Service, is a set of tools where you can limit bandwidth usage on apps. This is an essential tool especially if you use your connection for streaming video or even online meetings. QoS may be a little difficult to learn at first, but once you get how it works, you can easily specify which apps can be prioritized on your network.
Upgrade your hardware
Yes, your router may have served you well in the past few years, but if doing the steps above still doesn’t speed up your network, then your hardware needs to be replaced. Consider this especially if the router you are using is obsolete or hasn’t received a firmware update in years. It might cost you some, but in the end, you’re getting a steady and stable network that is beneficial to your needs.
Have any other tips aside for the ones we mentioned above? Let us know in the comments!