There is a saying that goes “home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically” and this could not be more true, especially in the time we live in today. With everything from our smartphones to our baby monitors connected to Wi-Fi, having issues with your internet can put us in places of true discomfort.
It’s important to remember that internet connectivity issues are not always your service provider’s fault. These are are some common problems and easy fixes that you can implement in your home to optimise your connection.
Router positioning is vital
As tempting as it might be to place your router in some hidden corner in the basement of your house, this is never your best option. The trick is to place your router in an open area as close to the centre of your home as possible. Keep the router away from any walls (especially if you have an old house that has thick brick walls rather than gypsum). Placing your router in a smart position will ensure that you have the least interference from other appliances like cordless phones and microwaves while not broadcasting your network outside your home, for security reasons.
Change the default network name and password
Probably one of the most common mistakes we see in homes is keeping the default network name and password. We strongly suggest changing the logins for your router as hackers can easily gain access to your network WIFI simply working off the name of the manufacturer of your router.
Update your router’s software
Setting up your home network isn’t something you do just once. With technologies and software coming out constantly that aim to break the security barrier of your network, it’s best to always stay updated. All you need to do is head to your router’s manufacturer’s website, find the model and download the software. After doing this, just connect the router to the PC via ethernet and update accordingly.
Picking the right Wi-Fi band
Routers, nowadays are mostly being released as dual-band. This means that a router will be able to broadcast at two different bands, usually 2.5 GHz and 5GHz. Know when to use which band. To simplify this, use a 2.4 GHz band if you have a large home and need to broadcast over multiple floors, whereas if you have a smaller home, opt for the 5 GHz route. It is best to test this out while monitoring speeds and interference for yourself.
Separate bandwidth-hogging applications
Applications, such as streaming or gaming can use a lot of bandwidth at once. Some routers come ready with software that can prioritise bandwidth usage as to keep everyone on the same speed, all the time.
Do you find yourself having to turn off and on your router to bring back the full internet performance? Connect your router to an outlet timer that is set to turn off and on every so often to ensure you have great internet, all day round without interferences.
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Did you see an improvement in your internet with these tips? Tell us in the comments below.