Give Your Wi-Fi A Boost!

01-04-2016 My Mobile

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Give Your Wi-Fi A Boost!

Do you always suffer from slow Internet speeds over Wi-Fi , in spite of having a good Internet plan? Does your Wi-Fi signal drop too often for comfort? If yes, then we have some tips to ensure your Wi-Fi keeps ticking over nicely.

You might have a great Internet plan. And a fantastic router. And yet, your Wi-Fi connectivity might be driving you up the pole. After all, nothing can be more annoying than seeing that buffering sign while you are streaming your favorite movie at home.  What not too many people know is that there are a number of reasons why a perfectly good Wi-Fi connection mightnot work in the way it is supposed to. It might be the intervention of other devices, or some outdated firmware. Fortunately, there are many ways of extending your wireless signal, and most of them simply involve nothing more than a little tweaking. Just keep the following in mind and you will be assured a great Wi-Fi experience:

Place it on a perfect place

We agree that routers can be precious, but that does not mean that you need to hide it behind some cabinets or place it somewhere where it is not visible. This is the common mistake a number of us make while deciding a place to keep our Wi-Fi router. People tend to put the router at a place which is near to their PC or corded phone, but this not the best location for your router. As a thumb rule, Wi-Fi routers should be placed at a central position of the house from where they can cover the maximum area. For example, if you are living in a 3BHK flat, you should install the Wi-Fi router at a point from which you see every room of your house. Remember, Wi-Fi signals do not travel well through walls or floors constructed of dense material like brick or marble, so avoid putting your router behind such partitions.

Keep it away from household appliances

There are other things as well that can affect Wi-Fi signals at your home or even at office. Normal household products like microwaves, cordless phone and fluorescent lights may interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. This is because these devices emit electromagnetic fields that can weaken or attenuate router performance. In order to fix this, try placing your Wi-Fi router away from these interfering appliances and if possible try to avoid placing your router near metallic objects because metal has the tendency to absorb signal strength.

If possible, buy dual-band routers

If possible buy double antenna routers as it can increase the area of reception. A router with two antennas is also handy as it doubles up the speed and covers more area than a single antenna can. A dual-band router uses both the 5GHz frequency and the more common 2.4GHz frequency. Not only does this mean that all of your wireless devices will be compatible, but also that Internet speeds will be better than they would be if you were using a single-band router.

Use Wi-Fi Boosters

On an average, a wireless router has a range of about 150 feet. So if you live in a big house, where devices and computers are at distant corners, then you might consider buying Wi-Fi boosters to strengthen the signal strength in the house. Even if you are using single-band router, and are in no mood to update it, you can place repeaters and extenders that can help broaden a signal’s strength and range to the farthest points of your home.

Experiment with channels

You might have noticed that there are many Wi-Fi networks available around your house. Well this could be a potential reason for the slow Internet speed of your router. The wireless signal of your neigbhours’ router could be in conflict with your router. To avoid this, you should start experimenting with different channels. Wireless routers can operate on a number of different channels. So find the right channel for your router and be at peace.

Password-Protect your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi speed is also dependent on how many people are using it at one time. And keeping a strong password will ensure that only people you have given the password to can use your network. This will also eliminate outsiders or sneaky neighbors who are using your Wi-Fi without your consent. Take advantage of the security already built into your router and select a password that is a hard-to-figure-out combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Try to avoid heavy bandwidth usage

There might be a time when you and your family members might be using heavy bandwidth at the same time like playing online video games, streaming and downloading movies and even video calling through Skype. Well if you do so, the entire network will eventually slow down. So try to ensure that not all of you get into heavy usage mode at the same time.

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