Call it a first world problem, but a slow wifi connection has got to be one of the most annoying things in the world.
Actually, scratch that.
Having to call your internet service provider when your wifi is slow to help you fix the problem is probably the most annoying thing in the world.
According to a study conducted by Brick&Mobile, 60 percent of people claim they couldn’t go without wifi for more than a day. And 75 percent of people claim a week without wifi would make them crabbier than a week without coffee.
So what should you do when your wifi is slow, other than curse and get crabby?
Read this article to find out five reasons why your wifi is slow and what to do about it.
1. Router Location
Like most people, you probably didn’t put much thought into where you placed your router.
However, don’t underestimate the positioning of a wifi router. It can make a huge difference in your signal strength.
Here’s what you’ll want to look for when searching for a prime location:
- High Spots: Your router should be as high up as possible. This will help extend the broadcasting range of the radio waves and clear the router of any interferences.
- Blockage Free: Ideally, there shouldn’t be any objects blocking your router, especially electronics, concretes, and metals.
- Distance: The closer your device is to the router, the better the connection.
2. Internet Thieves
If your password is something along the lines of, “1,2,3,4..”, then you may be the victim of internet theft.
And the more people who are stealing your internet, the slower your connection will be.
So, it’s time to change your router password to something more complex.
If you like to keep your passwords simple so you can remember them, check out this formula for creating a complex one you can actually remember.
3. Router Security
Another way to leave the door wide open for internet thieves is by having poor router security.
If your network is Open or you’re using WEP, it’s time for a change.
Switch to either WPA2 or AES. These are more secure and will let you achieve high speeds.
Does everyone in your house sit around playing on their devices around the same time every night?
If so, then you are probably dealing with some wifi congestion.
Luckily, this is a quick fix as well.
All you need to do is select a different channel for your router. For 2.4 gigahertz frequency routers, you should have about 11 channels to choose from. Usually, 1,6, and 11 are the strongest.
5. Dead Zone
Your favorite spot on the couch may actually be a dead spot for wifi.
NetSpot is a free app that will help you locate the dead zones and hotspots in your home.
If your favorite spot does, in fact, fall in a dead zone, you can fix this by purchasing a wifi extender that will help boost the range of your router’s transmissions.
Wifi Is Slow: Conclusion
Hopefully, one of these solutions did the trick for you and now you’re rockin’ some seriously fast wifi.
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