How to boost Wi-Fi in your home
Wi-Fi can surely be a blessing, but it can also be very frustrating. If your home network is slow and your devices get disconnected every hour, you will be glad to know that there are several easy methods that you can apply to significantly boost Wi-Fi signal.
The easiest and probably the least expensive way of making sure that your network works fast and is reliable is to make sure that you have the latest firmware updates for your devices. Believe it or not, by applying this simple method you can increase Internet access speed by as much as 300%.
Discover your router manufacturer’s website address, and then navigate to the section that lists the firmware update downloads. While you are at it, it may also be a good idea to change your router’s password, as well as your network password. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your home network.
Let’s move on to the next Wi-Fi boosting methods that won’t cost you a dime. It’s as simple as finding the perfect spot for your router! And if you have been placing your router on a table until now, you will be glad to find out that it’s much better to position it as high as possible in the room.
Maybe you have a cabinet that has only collected dust until now. Well, the time has come to use it for something much more useful: your router! For best performance, keep the router away from walls and other obstructions that may block the Wi-Fi signal. The antennas should point towards the ceiling, to get a Wi-Fi range that’s as big as possible.
Did you know that your router can operate using several channels? Very few people are aware of this, but your router can make use of a less crowded Wi-Fi channel, and thus give its owner a highly needed speed boost.
But why is that happening in the first place? Having other people’s routers and devices operate on the same frequency will lead to interference. Fortunately, there are several apps that can quickly show which channels are less crowded. And from there on, it’s just a matter of choosing the best channel from using the routers options.
Who would have thought that the microwave oven can interfere with your Wi-Fi? It is weird, I know, but several appliances operate on frequencies that are very close to those used by your router. We’ve got dual band routers these days, which can solve this problem, but they aren’t the most efficient solution to the problem. In addition to this, they can be quite expensive! A much better approach is to buy a new cordless phone, which operates on a different frequency, for example.
Sometimes people you may not know about utilize your Internet connection to download huge files, to watch movies or play bandwidth consuming online games. Yes, I am talking about your evil neighbor, who has somehow discovered your password and is now using your Internet connection. Or maybe it’s one of your kids?
The good news is that most routers can make use of a feature named quality of service (QoS) to stop bandwidth waste. With QoS, you can set priorities, allowing a particular application that you intend to use to get access to fast Internet access, while making the less important apps use less of your bandwidth. Simply log into your routers menu, and then you should discover the QoS option – if your router supports it, of course.
Did you know that your router uses low quality antennas? This is especially true if, like most of us, you have purchased a least expensive router. The good news is that you can build your own Wi-Fi high gain antenna. Sure, you will need some cables and Wi-Fi adapters as well, but you can either build them or purchase them.
The last method is one of my favorites and you’ve guessed it, it won’t cost you a penny. It’s as simple as rebooting your router once a week! By doing this, you are disconnecting any villains that are trying to get into / use your network, while also cleaning up any problems and getting your router in good shape again. You can do this manually, but if you are lazy like me you can use an old school outlet timer to do the job. Pick a cheap device, it will do its job perfectly.
As you can see, most of these methods are 100% free. So take the time and apply them today, for the benefits of your entire family. Good luck!