WiFi can be tricky to get right. One minute it’s working beautifully, the next minute, you’re stuck with a spinning cursor as pages refuse to load. There’s got to be an easier way to boost your WiFi performance rather than calling your ISP every time it goes out.
If you’re looking to speed up your Internet connection without constantly turning your router off and on again, we’ve got 5 quick and easy tips for you to try.
Our first tip to increase your WiFi performance may be a little obvious. Of course, you’ll speed up your connection – that’s why you’re reading this, right?
However, the speed of your WiFi connection is determined by what version you have. That’s right: WiFi goes through updates and upgrades just like your favorite hardware and software.
Each version of WiFi has a number which indicates what version it is. Usually, the newer versions are faster than the old ones.
The former standard version was 802.11n. Times have changed, and we’re working with 802.11ac as the standard. Make sure that your WiFi is up to date, and you’ll see an automatic increase up to 3 times your previous speed.
Though you may have a place in your house perfect for your router, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect for your connection. Your router needs to be placed in an area that’s optimal for a WiFi connection.
That means it can’t be near water, nor is it a good idea to surround them with metal, glass, brick, or insulation. Human bodies aren’t the best either, but at home, there’s not much you can do about it.
However, the rest of these materials can limit the strength of your signal, so put your router in an open place – and elevate it off the floor as much as you can.
If you’ve got images in your head of someone fiddling with the long antennas of an old, staticky TV, you’re not too far off!
Wireless routers come with antennas (obviously), though the type you have will depend on your router. The antennas can be external and internal.
If your antennas are external, take a shot at positioning them perpendicular to each other. That means one needs to be vertical while the other’s horizontal.
Why does this work? The connection between your router and device will be stronger when the transmitter and receiver operate on the same plane. This positioning will fix that.
If you have internal antennas or only one, try fiddling with it until you find a position which works.
To up your WiFi connection, make sure your network is secured.
If it isn’t, there’s no telling who’s leeching off your network. Neighbors, friends, the creepy old guy in the parking lot – it could be anyone.
Not only can this drag down your speed by sapping your bandwidth, it can also be a threat to your entire system.
This may sound a little advanced, but there’s really not much to it. You can easily use a heat mapping software to see if there’s possibly another WiFi connection that’s interfering with yours.
The software works by showing you what your home’s wireless map looks like, so if nothing else, you can see precisely what kind of connection each room is getting.
Ready to Boost Your WiFi Performance?
Figuring out your connection doesn’t have to be a headache, nor do you have to be a tech expert in order to experience the best connection your router is capable of.
If your WiFi is acting up and your ISP doesn’t seem to be helping, try one of these tips. Nothing wrong with ensuring your connection’s secure, right?
If you have questions regarding your WiFi connection, or you’re having trouble with your router, we’d love to help out!