As our lives move quicker, we become frustrated with slow internet. Nothing is worse than when you are in-game and your Wi-Fi just refuses to cooperate, when that video doesn’t load fast enough, or simply not being able to finish work. Frankly, so much of what we need to do relies on our internet connection.
So instead of signing up for a new internet service provider, or committing to pricey data plans, here are a few tips on how to speed up your internet connection. But before you proceed to any of these steps, it’s smart to check your network speed using something like SpeedCheck.org, so you can make before and after comparisons.
Change the Location of Your Router.
The position of the router is vital for a good connection. Since it is wireless, the more physical barriers that come in-between your router and device, the slower the connection. This is also the case for distance. According to Intel, the best place to put your wireless router is in an open area, away from walls and other electronics, with maximized visibility. Try to centralize your router and keep it on a raised platform. Reason being, routers spread Wi-Fi in a downwards direction, so if your router is on the floor you are not maximizing your potential coverage.
Recheck Your Router’s Frequency Settings
Something that generally helps increase the WiFi speed is the frequency that your router is operating on. Changing the 2.4GHz to 5GHz will often do the trick. The 2.4 GHz band provides covers a longer range and travels through walls much easier. The 5 GHz band doesn’t cover a wider radius but transmits data at faster speeds. So, do take note on where your devices will be in relation to the router. Most of your electronic devices operate on a 2.4 GHz frequency by default, including Bluetooth devices, wireless, and even some microwaves, creating a lot of noise for your internet connection. Overcrowding doesn’t always happen at the 5GHz band unlike that of the 2.4GHz band. This is primarily because fewer devices support 5 GHz band. Furthermore, the 5 GHz band has twice the channels at 23, while the 2.4GHz band has only 11. To minimize the interruptions, graze over the dropdown box, in the administrator panel, switching your router to 5GHz. If there is an option for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, choose that.
Ensure Your Wifi – Tech Is Up-To-Date.
Newer Wireless-AC routers have data transfer speeds up to 3x faster than older Wireless B/G/N models. Generally, you are looking for routers that can achieve a 5GHz 802.11AC standard. The most ideal approach to accelerate your internet connection is to utilize the latest hardware, so if you have an old model router, just contact the service provider and request for a new model or check reviews on the internet and invest in the better device.
Powerline Network Adapters
This method comes at a cost, although is a great alternative of boosting your internet connection. A Wi-Fi-enabled powerline adapter will create new Wi-Fi hotspots which will boost the wireless signal into the patchy areas of your house. Although it doesn’t speed up the connection, it is handy in areas where avoiding physical barriers is difficult, like in a multi-story house. Ensure the adapter that you purchase is one with Wi-Fi capabilities, otherwise, you’ll be stuck with ones that rely on the Ethernet port.
Use Less Crowded Channels
Generally, when your router is set up, it automatically detects the least crowded channel (usually channel 6) and makes that its default. This means that your neighbors’ routers might also be running on channel 6, causing congestion because of the number of devices connected to it, whilst other channels are left deserted. The solution is simple, just fine-tune the channel selection with the help of software like InSSIDer and NirSoft that can provide details about channel usage to help pick less busy channels for a faster network.
No one wants to deal with buffers, slow file downloads, and constantly asking “Can you see/hear me?” when video calling. With the tips and tricks above, you can tweak your wireless router’s settings to increase your Wi-Fi connection speed and extend its range to suit your every need.