Are you finding that your internet speed is causing problems with your Netflix binging or your children are complaining that laggy internet is the reason they are losing online games? The good news is there are a couple of fixes that will improve speed, range and the overall performance of your wireless network. If you follow these few tips your network connectivity will improve even if you have multiple gadgets connected simultaneously.
It starts with your ISP
You may well have the world’s fasters router but it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing or so says the song. You need to check whether you are getting the fastest speed possible from your internet service provider (ISP). If you have the budget, you should stump up for the fastest speed offered by your provider, especially if you do a lot of streaming, play lots of online games or have lots of devices connected to your network.
ISP’s usually offer faster download and upload speeds with greater data allowances the more you are willing to pay. Also, if you happen to be using a modem that was provided by your ISP and its been a few years since it was installed, you should check with them whether the device needs to be upgraded because it may be time.
Location, location, location
The next thing you need to do is make sure your router is located at the optimal spot in your home. If you want optimum reach, keep your router as close to the centre of the house as possible. You should not keep it in the basement because that makes it harder for devices elsewhere in your house to communicate with it. Don’t lock away your router in a cabinet or hide it in a corner because you don’t like the way it looks. Instead make sure it sits out in the open so it can achieve maximum reach and be sure it isn’t sitting on the floor but is on a desktop or bookshelf. You should also regularly update your router with the latest downloadable firmware.
Newer routers, consider mesh
A recent survey undertaken by IDC found that nearly half of the people that responded were using routers that were at least 12 years old. That technology is seriously out of date and if you are one of those people then you need to get a new router. Purchase an 802.11ac router because not only is it faster than the previous standard but it covers a wider area and supports far more connected devices. If you live in a large house or one that was built using concrete, you may want to think about deploying a mesh network which is a much more advanced router that consists of multiple “bases” or extenders which can be placed throughout your home. The bases communicate with the main router to ensure you get blanket Wi-Fi that is faster and more reliable.
These days routers have two broadcast frequency options: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. By making use of them in the best possible manner, you can improve the reach, speed and reliability of your network. Devices connected to the 5 GHz frequency will find they have minimal interference from other devices that are also operating on the 2.4 GHz frequency such as microwaves and baby monitors. The 2.4 GHz frequency on the other hand is able to reach much further distances in comparison to 5 GHz. The latter also has the added benefit of operating at a faster speed so when you connect to your Wi-Fi network choose the most appropriate frequency.