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9 Tips To Improve your Home Wifi



Having a home Wi-Fi is very convenient, but it can also be frustrating, especially if you’re plagued with a slow connection, dropped signals, a bad reception, or the inability to stream.

In a world where getting online is becoming increasingly important, it is necessary to have a strong home Wi-Fi signal. When you’re at home, the goal is to have the strongest signal from your router to achieve optimal reception.


If your Wi-Fi is not performing the way you expect it to, there are several things that you can do to optimize your network.

Here are some of the best ways to boost your Wi-Fi at home:


1. Properly Place Your Wi-fi Router



The fact remains that the location of your router can affect your wireless coverage. Ideally, the router should be right in the center of your home so that the signal can reach as far as it could possibly go. You can also boost your wireless signal by raising the router above floor level, mounting it on a wall or placing it on a top-shelf.


Here are other things to do to achieve optimal router placement:

Avoid placing routers close to metal objects or appliances, particularly those that emit electromagnetic waves as this might disrupt the signal.


Wireless routers need to be placed in open spaces, away from obstructions. Keep it surrounded by open air, which will also prevent it from overheating.


2. Upgrade your Equipment


If your router looks like this, it is time to upgrade.


One of the best ways to make your home network faster and more reliable is to update your hardware. Think about this: you usually upgrade your smartphone, tablet, or laptop every few years, so your router should be upgraded, too.


Having an updated router is necessary for performance improvements, security updates, and better features. If you have a new router, you’ll also likely have a longer lifeline of support to prevent unpleasant issues.


3. Get a Bigger Antenna


Size does matter

Many Wi-Fi routers come with either a small, weak antenna or use an internal antenna. Adding an external antenna to your router is a good idea because it results in a stronger signal. A powerful antenna will boost your home Wi-Fi.


You can get either an Omni-directional antenna or a directional antenna. An Omni-directional antenna signals to all directions, while a directional antenna sends a signal to a specific direction.

If you have a weak spot in your home, you can point the directional antenna into the weak spot so that the router can broadcast the signal in that direction.


4.Time to Mesh Your Network



We have talked about extending your primary router’s signal by adding Wi-Fi extenders or boosters. However, their disadvantage is that you only get half the bandwidth fro the primary router. If you really aspire to have seamless connectivity everywhere in your home, consider upgrading to a mesh-based Wi-Fi network system. Instead of extending your router, a mesh-based system aims to replace your router.


You will be connecting one node to your modem, then put one or more satellite nodes in strategic places around the house. The result is a single wireless network covering the house which uses a single administration interface. A wireless mesh network system is almost a foolproof way to extend your coverage. The best thing about it is that it can be managed from a simple smartphone app.


5. Change The Channel



The routers and access points of your neighbors may be interfering with your signal and causing it to degrade. When you use a less-crowded wireless channel, chances are you will get a better signal.


Find out which channel is occupied the least and switch to it. You want to pick a channel with as little interference as possible. There are certain tools that you can use to do this.


6. Firmware, update it



Upgrading your router to the latest software can help improve your overall wi-fi experience. Most routers give you the ability to quickly and easily update your router software through the devices' web interface.


Here are a couple of links to some popular home routers. You may need to search for your exact model on the site.

Asus

D-Link

Netgear

Linksys

Tp-Link


7. Tune In Your Frequency?



Make sure that your frequency is configured for optimum performance. Most homes have a dual-band router. If this is the case, it is better to switch from 2.4GHz, which is the more common band, to 5GHz.


The reason behind this is because 5GHz is faster and you will less likely encounter interference from other wireless networks because it is not a commonly-used frequency.


8.When In Doubt Reboot


The mantra of every tech support agent

Sometimes all you need to do to improve your home wi-fi is to simply reboot your router. Simply unplug the power to your wi-fi router, count to 10 and plug the device back in.


9. Set Up a Wireless Range Extender, Repeater, or Booster



Whether you call it Wi-Fi extenders, repeater, or boosters, they all do the same thing: they take a Wi-Fi signal, amplify and re-transmit it. The process of installing a Wi-Fi extender just takes a few minutes and it doesn’t cost much.


You should pick the best place to put your Wi-Fi range extender. For starters, it should still be close enough to the original router to pick a good, solid signal. However, it should also be close enough to the weak spot so that it can perform its main function of extending the signal.

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