Slow Wi-Fi signal can leave even the calmest person ready to throw their router out the window. If your internet provider can’t help you, there are a few things you can do to remedy your terrible Wi-Fi speed.
Whether you’re a consumer, small business, a startup relying on a home broadband connection or a company with bigger connectivity needs, read on to boost your Wi-Fi connection…
1. Move your router
We’ve seen it countless times: routers chucked underneath sofas or hidden in the corner. Sure, it’s understandable that you don’t want an ugly box ruining your immaculate lounge, but if you want good Wi-Fi you need to give your router some breathing space.
The best place for it is in the middle of your home. For most people that’s impossible because your phone line or cable box sits on a wall at the front of your property. However, if you can, get an telephone extension cable and relocate the router so it’s roughly in the centre and as high off the floor as you can.
2.Use the 5GHz network
The 2.4GHz frequency is crowded. Not just with neighbours using the same frequency, but also baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens and more.
Most of the latest 802.11n and 802.11ac routers offer two Wi-Fi bands, which means they’re sending two network signals; one at 2.4GHz, and one at 5GHz.
So, if you can, you should use the 5GHz, which is far less crowded and offers more channels.
You could also split your devices between networks, to avoid moving clutter from one network to another. Perhaps put smartphones and tablets on the 2GHz network and laptops and connected TVs and devices on the 5GHz network
3.Limiting your router frequency
Sometimes you can’t have the luxury of choosing the 5GHz frequency band or selecting a less cluttered channel.
In such cases, it may be worthwhile to limit your router to sending out signals at intervals of 20MHz. For small businesses with guest Wi-Fi, limit the guest access to 20MHz giving you and your employees a stronger signal with fewer dropouts.
4.Update your wifi adapter or driver:
Sometimes a USB or built-in wireless adapter/driver cannot fully communicate with your PC or laptop and updating it could give it the push it needs to get working again.
There are a few free tools to make this process easier such as Driver Talent which identifies the problem and offers the best downloadable update available for most operating systems. Mac operating systems can find software update solutions on the Apple website.
5.Speed up data stream
Speed Up the Data Stream. That invisible wireless connection can have a huge impact on our daily lives—determining how much we get done or how much we can kick back and relax. No one wants dropped video calls, choppy video streaming, or slow file downloads. With a little know-how and some persistence, you can tweak your wireless router’s settings to increase your Wi-Fi connection speed and extend its range.