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!
Is time to change internet providers?
Do you want to keep your current router but want to make sure it is compatible?
What does a router do?
Think about a modem, it connects you to the internet. A router then distributes it to your different devices.
They are relatively easy to set up if you have a knack for technology.
Many internet providers offer a combined modem and router.
The benefit of this is they do all the work, and if there is a problem they can easily troubleshoot it for you.
Why would you want to use your own router?
- Yours may be broken and you need a new one
- When signing up to a new plan it might cost extra, or be a rental scheme
- The provided router may be an old model and you want faster speeds
- You might have limited access to the dashboard and can’t make modifications
While there are a large number of internet providers to choose from, four of the most popular include:
- Cox Communications
- Time Warner Cable
All four of these internet providers will allow you to use your own router device.
Verizon recommends the Fios Quantum Gateway for their service.
It is fast, secure and suitable for large homes. If you have this router they will offer you technical support and a two-year warranty.
If you do want to provide your own router, this option is available with step by step tutorials.
You may have to use your Verizon technology to work as a bridge between their technology and yours.
Some technical knowledge will be required to make the switch to your preferred device.
Cox Communications have their own preferred all-in-one devices which can either be included or on a monthly rental plan.
If you would like to supply your own, there are a few things you need to consider and it is worth reading their list of preferred options before purchasing a new dual modem or router.
They recommend DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 to ensure you can get the high speeds you are looking for.
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable suggest you lease a device as part of your service. This option will get you technical support, free upgrades and security settings included.
You can supply your own, but it is suggested you do your research and understand which type of internet plan you are on.
All the plans have different download speeds so you need something fast enough to handle your usage.
Your device will need to support IPv6 and it should be noted DOCSIS 1.0/1.X will not work with their services.
AT&T recommend you use one of their chosen routers, which are straightforward to set up.
If you want to use your own, once again you will need to use the DSL modem as a bridge which requires some basic configuration.
You will need to be able to login to your router and make any required changes.
If you are using U-Verse it gets a bit trickier as you really do need to use their technology. In this case, it is probably best to stick with what you have been supplied.
Even if you aren’t currently on a high-speed plan, if you are going to buy a new router it is worth buying a faster one than you currently need.
Most of the companies are flexible but it is important to read through the technical specifications to make sure your router matches up to your intended use.
Do you use your own router with any of these companies? Or do you prefer a 2-in-1 device?
We would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.
Over the last few years, the Internet has evolved to make our lives easier.
We can chat with friends or manage our finances, all with a simple point and click.
But as the Internet has evolved, so to have the practices of hackers looking to exploit your personal information.
To keep yourself safe online, you have to check your NetGear router regularly.
In this article, we’re going to show you why and give you tips on how to repair your device if something’s amiss.
Fix Password Bypass Vulnerability
Recently, third-party researchers have discovered a way for hackers to obtain the admin password for a NetGear router.
It comes from a flaw in the password recovery process.
Hackers gain the login credentials as well as control over the whole device.
With this control, they can change the router’s configuration or upload new firmware.
Worse still is that these attacks can be made remotely if the router’s remote management option is enabled.
Thankfully, however, this function is automatically disabled on every NetGear router, though you can change that by going to advanced settings.
To test for this vulnerability, you can run a Python code developed by Trustwave researcher, Simon Kenin.
You’ll have to disable password recovery to ensure a reliable test.
If you find a flaw in your NetGear router, don’t panic.
The manufacturer has updated the firmware to patch affected networks.
Simply download the update, and you’re ready to go.
Eradicate IoT Botnets
Not long ago, the Mirai Botnet disabled the Internet in Germany for a few hours due to distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against Internet Service Provider Deutsche Telekom.
Hackers leveraged infected routers with malware and most of the time users were unaware of the security breach.
Taking down the Internet isn’t the only havoc botnets can wreak.
Back in 2007, the infamous Gameover ZeuS botnet targeted Microsoft operating systems.
Hackers stole almost $70 million and didn’t stop until 2010.
By then the FBI got involved and arrested over a hundred people.
That’s the trickiest thing about botnets: often they remain dormant until the C&C server issues them commands and by then it’s too late.
Recently, researchers discovered similar weaknesses that can affect your router.
While no patch exists yet to combat this threat, a few open source options are available online.
Programs like Snort offer free network detection to find botnets, quarantine them, and eradicate them from your device.
Getting the Most Out of Your NetGear Router
As we move closer and closer to a more online world, cyber security is critical to our safety.
Your router can connect you to the Internet, but you have to make sure unwanted guests stay off your network.
Check it regularly to ensure your system hasn’t been infected.
You can also use a WPS setup to reduce the number of entry points cyber criminals have access to.
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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.
Lagging and dropping connection is infuriating.
WiFi is an essential when we don’t have access to hard lines. This can be in personal use or business.
We’re annoyed if our videos buffer — it’s worse when you’re unable to operate the business due to the shoddy connection!
You’ve likely taken to online research when experiencing these dips in services.
Trying to see how to improve performance and router speeds. Stabilizing the network and continuing with your activities.
One earlier way was to overclock to improve router speeds. It’s still possible. Yet, most problems with speed come from the service and basic hardware configuration.
You can increase the speeds without having to get technical. Here is…
Easy Ways to Improve Router Speeds
If it’s speed you want… it’s speed you’ll get:
- Change the Channel – Modern routers default between channel 6 and 11. It may be likely your router is stuck in the lower ones or there is an interference with those around you. Consider using Wi-Fi Inspector, inSSIDER, or WifiInfoview to examine the channels and find the best for your router. When in doubt: change on over to 5GHz channels which provide higher speeds and less overlap in interference.
- Firmware/Driver Updates – Updates take a few minutes of your time but can increase the performance. These drivers and other firmware updates can be downloaded through router software or done so through downloads on the manufacturer updates.
- Placement – A super simple method of increasing router speed? Place it closer to your hardware. Block homes have heavy walls which reduce the WiFi signal. Manufactured homes with their metallic sidings will do the same. The distance matters, too. Try placing the router in a high position within closest proximity. Change positions, run speed tests, and discover the best spot.
- Repeaters/Extenders – Can’t get the most from the main router? No problem. Buy an extender or turn old older routers into an extender with a few tweaks. This will bridge the gap and keep those router speeds high.
- Reduce the Load – Another simple one. Try to reduce the number of devices that are connected to the WiFi. Go through and turn off the connections — then test the speeds. Else, remove them from permissions within the router settings for an added layer of permissions. Same goes with reducing bandwidth-hogging applications such as streaming services.
- Leeching – Maybe the WiFi is open? Maybe the neighbor is tapping in? Time to get rid of the leechers. It’s the process of ‘reducing the load’ above. Time to tell the locals to take a hike by cutting off their connection. It’s as easy as changing the permissions and password.
… And One More Major Tip
You’ve done the configuration. Placed the router in new areas. Configured the software and hardware. Great!
Want to know a quick tip? Call the provider.
You’d be surprised how quick they’ll jump to improving service when you mention a competitor. Or if you want to replace their hardware.
You can do these tweaks to improve performance. Why not begin with a bigger bump to router speeds with a simple phone call? Combine that with hardware knowledge and you’ll have blazing speeds!
So, you’re one of the 84% of American adults who uses the Internet.
If you’ve read about the many benefits of a Netgear router and have made your purchase, the next logical step is learning how to configure Netgear router!
First, go ahead and disconnect your Ethernet cable from the modem.
Then, take your power adapter and get rid of any batteries. After giving things about 10 seconds to totally shut down, turn on the modem’s power.
Connect your router to your modem with a yellow Ethernet cord. To do this, plug one end of the cord into the modem, and the other end into the back of the router, under the LAN port.
Then, plug in the entire router, making sure that you press the power button again if needed.
Now, the LED should turn an orange color. Let this rest for one minute, so it can charge up. When it’s ready, all the lights will turn green.
Your unique network settings are located on either the bottom or the back of the router.
If you’re connecting wirelessly, find your network’s name in the list of all the Wi-Fi networks near you and enter your password.
Then, go ahead and open up your web browser (Safari, Google Chrome, etc.)
Your installation guide from Netgear should pop up on your screen.
If for some reason the Netgear installation guide doesn’t come up automatically, don’t panic.
Instead, just go ahead and head to login.net and put in your password and username.
Afterward, you should see a pop-up reading “Congratulations!” Click on “Take me to the Internet.”
If you want to change your password or SSID (Service Set Identifier) – AKA the name of your wireless network, you can.
To change it, just select “Basic” and then “Wireless” on the homepage of login.net. Then, type in the new name and new password of your choosing.
We suggest changing your password at least once every few months to protect your information. It’s also a good idea for your password to contain at least one number, capital letter, and character.
Avoid using your email password if possible, to prevent a breach if your email is hacked.
Finally, once you’re satisfied with the network settings you’ve chosen, go ahead and click “Apply.”
Once the setting changes have been made, you’ll have to use your new username and password to reconnect to your router again.
You can see that, despite what you may have initially thought, setting up your wireless router really isn’t all that complicated.
Of course, you can always ask for professional help if needed.
You’re All Set To Configure Netgear Router
Thanks to this post, you know everything you need to know about how to properly configure Netgear router in your home or office.
Looking for more advice about how to get the most out of your Netgear router?
We offer the best tutorials and user guides out there!
Your Netgear router doesn’t have to remain a mystery. Instead, let us help you every step of the way.
Do you dread the words ‘connection error’?
Do you obsessively monitor how many bars of WiFi signal you have?
Are you one of the 60% of people who can’t go without WiFi for more than 1 day?
If so, you need an app to monitor WiFi.
There are several available, and they all offer much more detailed WiFi analytics than you’d get using your phone or computer.
We’ve listed some of the best WiFi monitoring apps below, with options for both iPhone and Android.
Why Monitor WiFi?
Not convinced yet?
The apps we’ve listed will:
- Help you to troubleshoot issues with your connection.
- Allow you to choose the best WiFi channels to connect to.
- Provide you with detailed information on signal strength.
- Find local WiFi hotspots.
These apps are ideal if you work from various locations, have a spotty home connection, or just love geeking out over data.
Ready to learn more about WiFi than you ever wanted to?
Did you know that WiFi involves different channels?
The more congested your current channel, the slower your internet connection will be.
For example, if your entire neighborhood is on channel 3, then you’ll all be getting pretty poor speeds.
If one smart guy decides to switch to channel 2, he’ll benefit from much better speeds.
So, how can you be like that smart guy?
With this app.
WiFi Analyzer displays a snazzy chart showing you how many networks are connected to each channel and allowing you to pick the least congested.
The app works wherever you go, so it’s ideal if you use WiFi in lots of different locations.
It’s quick and easy to use, so there’s no issue with checking the best channel multiple times a day if you like.
This solution could even mean you don’t need to splash out on a WiFi extender.
Faster internet speeds at no cost? Win!
How many times have you wandered around a room, holding your phone aloft, hoping for better WiFi signal?
Yep – we all do it.
But with this clever app, your wandering need not be quite so aimless.
OpenSignal displays the nearest cell towers on a map, and a simple compass points in the direction you need to walk for a better signal.
How cool is that?
It also allows you to carry out speed tests on different networks, ideal when you’re trying to decide between several.
You can also get info on which network provider is best in your area, and search for free WiFi hotspots nearby.
This iPhone app packs a powerful punch, with features including:
- Detection of all devices using your network – good for security
- Internet speed testing
- Network troubleshooting
- Ping testing
- Detailed network information
- IP range testing
As you can see, it lets you do way more than just monitor WiFi.
Network Analyzer is ideal if you want a really deep dive into your network, or need to troubleshoot complex problems.
It can handle large networks with multiple users with no problem and is very data-focused.
No-one should have to deal with poor WiFi.
Download the apps above, and you’ll have all the data you need to get the best possible connection.
If you’re working within a private local area network (LAN), and you want to allow other, remote computers to connect, you’ll do so by using a process called port forwarding.
Put simply, this service remaps the destination address and port number of an external host to one on a protected network, by applying Network Access Translation, or NAT.
You may need this service, for instance, while playing video games, to allow outside computers to pass through your router, and hook into your network.
So how does this process work with your Netgear router? Let’s take a look!
Step 1: Pick Your Internal Computer
To begin, determine which computer on your internal network you’ll be working with. This will be your “server computer.”
Step 2: Reserve Your IP Address
Then, find your server computer’s IP address. Once you’ve got that number down, you’ll need to assign it a reserved IP address — a number that will never change.
This is a relatively short process. Just follow these steps:
- Open a browser window on your server computer
- Enter http://www.routerlogin.net.
- At the login window, enter the username and password associated with your router
- Once you’re on the Home Page, select ADVANCED, then Setup, then LAN Setup
- Select “Address Reservation” on the LAN page, and then click “Add”
- You’ll then see an IP address field. Choosing from the computer’s LAN subnet, select an IP address to assign to the computer (If you’re working within a home network, this number should start with 192.168.)
- Enter your computer’s MAC address, copied from the Attached Devices page
- Select “Apply” to enter the reserved IP address and close the window
Step 3: Enable Port Forwarding
Once you’re back on the Home Page of your router login, select ADVANCED, then Advanced Setup, then Port Forwarding/Port Triggering. Make sure that of the two options, “Port Forwarding” is selected.
At this point, if you know the name of the service you want to connect, select its name from the Service Name menu, then enter the computer’s IP address, then click Add.
If you need to add custom port forwarding, there are a few more steps.
First, you’ll need to know the application’s port number or number range. From there, follow the basic steps you just took, but once you’re on the Advanced Setup, follow these instructions:
- Click “Add Custom Service”
- A box will appear asking for details on the customs service, including its name, service type, external and internal starting and ending port numbers, and internal IP address.
- Enter this data as known, keeping in mind that
- If you’re not sure which service type you’re working with, leave it on the default TCP/UDP.
- Starting and ending port numbers will be the same for single-port applications
- The external and internal port ranges can be the same, and if this is the case, leave the box checked that confirms this
You’ll then have the option to add the custom service.
Moving Forward: Making the Most of Your Netgear Investment
If you’ve got a Netgear router, you need expert advice on how to set it up, configure it, and get started. We’re your one-stop-shop on everything you need to know about using your Netgear router.
Feel free to browse our articles, including our login FAQ and guides, and then contact us or leave a comment below if you have any questions. Let’s get started today!
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.
If it did, we’d love to hear about it.
Drop us a comment below!
Gone are the carefree days when we didn’t worry about what type of personal information was accessible online.
Now, in our post-Snowden reality, online security is becoming increasingly relevant, and virtual private networks, or VPNs, are becoming more common.
Globally, a quarter of all internet users turn to VPNs to protect their information from would-be snoopers.
Thinking of joining them? Read on to find out how to choose the best VPN for online privacy.
Some VPN Basics
The tech world is constantly evolving, and internet privacy is not immune. If you have some questions about VPNs, read on.
What exactly is a VPN?
A VPN allows users to connect to a private, encrypted server, even if they’re on a public WiFi connection or hotspot.
That secure connection means that your browsing information stays private, including your IP address and your physical location. That geographic trickery is a huge boon to users in nations that censor access to specific content.
VPNs are also commonly used by employers with a mobile workforce. Employees can view sensitive files from anywhere without having to worry about leaking trade secrets.
Why should I use a VPN?
Maybe the most down-to-earth reason to invest in a VPN is to protect yourself against identity theft.
In 2016, identity theft affected 15.4 million consumers—the highest number ever recorded.
It’s definitely a growing problem, but the best VPNs offer a secure solution.
How to Choose the Best VPN
There are countless options for VPNs on the market today. Each provider will have its own benefits and drawbacks, but there are some common things to consider.
You get what you pay for, and VPNs are no different.
Most providers charge a monthly subscription fee for their services. They can run a wide range in price, but there are plenty of solid options out there for $10 per month.
Just to be clear, free VPN subscriptions exist. Most show you ads to generate revenue, and their services are generally not as a good as their paid counterparts.
In this instance, it makes sense to shell out a few dollars per month for the added security.
The whole point of purchasing a VPN is security, so don’t skimp here. Look for a service offering 128-bit encryption.
Pick a provider that uses their own DNS resolution system and doesn’t record logs of your behavior for maximum anonymity.
Make sure your VPN offers enough bandwidth that it won’t slow your connection down.
Read the fine print for any bandwidth limits or extra fees for going over.
The best VPNs will work across all of your devices, so check for one with mobile apps for your phone, tablet and everything else.
If geo-restrictions are getting you down, look for a VPN that offers a dedicated IP address. A dedicated or static IP keeps your actual location private from hackers, ISPs and anyone else who may be watching.
Want more information on the best VPN for online privacy? Contact NETGEAR Router Login with your questions.