Five Ways to Improve your wifi connection.

We all love our wireless networks. Our laptop, tablet and smartphones connect seamlessly without having to connect directly to the router with a cable. But sometimes a weak signal, the spinning wheel of death and lost connection causes the utmost frustration. It’s Internet after all, it has to work… Here are five simple tips for boosting wifi in your home.

1. The location

The location of your router is very important. Thick walls such as solid concrete are the enemy of wifi because they will block your signal. Wireless routers act as transceivers, shuttling data between your devices and the wired router. Routers pump out a signal in all directions at once like a big bubble of connectivity. However, walls, floors, furniture, mirrors and metal objects can all cause interference to that bubble.

It is best practice to place your wifi router in the most central room in your house, so its signal has as few obstacles to deal with as possible. Off the floor, ideally on a wall mount or high shelf will reduce the number of obstacles for the signal.

2. Cut out interference

A variety of household appliances can cause wireless interference, including cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwaves. The problem is that many of these devices operate on the same frequency, 2.4 GHz. Try to position your router so it is not next to these other devices. Another solution is to upgrade to wireless equipment such as a dual band router, that operates in the 5 GHz band or try changing channels. By changing channels you can either heighten or lessen the jamming effect produced by other devices.

3. Change your channel

If you live in a busy neighbourhood you may find that the airwaves are quite busy with wireless connections competition against each other. The more people using their wifi means more congestion. Changing your wifi channel on your router can help. Try setting up your router on one of the following channels: 1, 6, or 11. These are the best and most common. If you switch and you find that your connection is still weak, try switching until you find the strongest connection.

4. Use a wifi extender

If you’ve tried all the above and you find that your connection is still not as strong as you would like it, consider a wifi range extender. Wifi extenders catch your wireless signal and then re-broadcast it, helping to strengthen the signal from a router on a different floor of the house.

It’s important to note that the extending is just boosting the signal. If it’s placed in a poor wifi spot, then it will merely push around the weak signal so you want to make sure it is boosting the strongest signal it can.

5. Dual-band router

Upgrading to a dual-band router is another solution to improve wireless connection speeds. Dual-band routers operate on two different frequencies and contain at least two radios with accompanying antennas tuned individually to two different wireless frequency bands. One radio signal connects to the 2.4 GHz band, and the other connects to the 5 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz access point uses the 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n frequency bands, while the 5 GHz access point uses the 802.11a frequency band. The primary purpose of dual-band routers is to speed up wireless connections, and they do that by supplying separate network bandwidth for different devices.

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