There is nothing more frustrating than a slow, intermittent, or bad Wi-Fi signal. In today’s times, more than ever, having a strong and reliable Wi-Fi connection is absolutely vital. Whether you use your Wi-Fi to stream your favorite shows, for play at Lucky Creek, or for important business meetings, ensuring your connection is at its highest is a top priority.
Here are some tips and tricks to try if you struggle with a slow or sluggish Wi-Fi connection:
1. Check Your Wired Internet Connection
Before you walk around the house cursing the Wi-Fi, make sure the internet coming into your house is performing at its best. An easy way to do this is to run a speed test to test your internet speed. Find an Ethernet cable and plug your computer directly into your Wi-Fi modem.
Before you do this, find out what speed your internet is supposed to be from your service provider, or on your monthly Wi-Fi invoice. If the speed you are seeing on screen after you do your speed test does not match the speed you have been promised, then contact your service provider. If you find the numbers match and it is still too slow, then consider upgrading your plan to a faster-speed connection.
2. Update Your Router Firmware
Updating your router is a good thing to do, whether your speed is an issue or not. Router software, like most technology, is constantly being updated and improved by manufacturers. Each device’s upgrade and service needs will vary depending on who the manufacturer is and what model the unit is. Most modern routers are set to update automatically. Older models may still need you to visit the manufacturer’s website, download a firmware file from your router’s support page, and upload it to the administration interface.
3.Finding The Best Place For Your Router
The way in which your router works and finds signals can be directly affected by its placement in your home. It may be tempting to place your router out of the line of sight as the cables and flashing lights can be an eye sore. But if you place it in a cupboard or cabinet, you will be interfering with the signal and the coverage (even if it’s just a little bit). The best place for your router is in the centre of your house, if possible, so its signal can reach each corner with ease. Wireless routers thrive in wide and open spaces. The best thing to do is to place it as far away from walls and obstructions as possible.
There are plenty of potential reasons why your Wi-Fi may be slower than your neighbor or your Wi-Fi at work. But before you do anything drastic like cancel your subscription or hang your router from the window closest to the internet cable, use our 3 tips above and see if any of these make a difference.