The benefits of wireless internet are infinite – when it’s up and running, that is. People depend on a wireless network that’s fast, reliable and has wide coverage. Dial-up internet is a thing of the past and if your WiFi connects that slow then you have a problem.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of free and simple tricks to maintain a strong wireless network.
Please Note: You should already have a wireless router setup as well as your computer connected to a wireless network. Contact your Internet provider if you do not know your wireless name/ID or password.
1. Move Your Wireless Router
Physically moving your router is one of the easiest ways to improve your wireless network connection. Your router should be in a centralized location of your home. Try in-between the levels of your home, such as the first floor.
Keep your router away from any other devices that may interfere with a wireless signal. That includes microwaves, cordless phones, or iHomes.
Avoid having your router in any cabinets or AV racks. The goal here is to maximize coverage in the home – you can’t do that if you’re blocking the signal.
You can also try to perform a speed test. Bring your router to different locations in your home and see how the signal changes. You will be able to be more precise and strategic that way.
2. Change the Channel
Another step to maintaining a strong wireless network is through changing the channel. Your router can pick up other wireless devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens or baby monitors.
That overload can cause interference, slowdowns, and unstable connections. If you switch your wireless network to a less busy channel you could increase connectivity.
Try using your Wi-Fi scanner when deciding on another network. Apple, Windows and Android systems all offer software you can download to identify strong networks in your vicinity.
3. Don’t Display Your SSID
Your router has a default setting that makes it easy for you to add devices to your SSID (Service Set Identifier). Meaning that visiting relatives and neighbors see your wireless network as an option.
If you hide the SSID, it won’t pop up in a scan for nearby networks. This will not affect your password and will preserve your signal strength.
4. Secure Your Network
Security should be at the top of your list when it comes to your wireless network. And the kind of security you have for your network is as important as having it in the first place.
WEP encryption has become a poor form of protection and can limit the speed of your wireless network. If possible, try to limit your router to only work with WPA2 encryption.
5. Reboot Your Router
If your wireless network is still unreliable, try rebooting your router. Shut down the device by switching off its power source. Then give it a few minutes before starting it back up again. The reboot should re-balance your Wi-Fi’s signal.
The Bottom Line on Your Wireless Network
Following any of these steps should allow you to maximize the strength of your wireless network. In most cases, you will notice big benefits. For more advice on wireless routers, try here.