The proliferation of WiFi has been staggering considering that 8 years ago 61% of US households had it and the growth of that number since. While it’s undeniable that the accessibility of WiFi has made our lives better, WiFi is certainly not without its drawbacks.
Lost connections, insecure transactions, and more have all plagued WiFi technology since its inception.
Focusing specifically on connectivity issues, if you’re desperate to make your home’s WiFi connection more reliable, you’re in the right place. In this post, we share helpful WiFi tips that are laser-focused on making your connection easier to use.
Keep reading to find out how you can revolutionize your connectivity!
1. See How Your Internet Performs Wired
Wired internet connections give you the truest sense of how well your modem is transmitting data from the World Wide Web to your home. Consequently, it’s the best way to conclude if your bad connectivity is coming from your WiFi or your internet service provider.
Grab a laptop and wire it directly into your modem. Then, perform a speed test.
Are you getting the kind of data your internet service provider is promising you? Do web pages seem to load well on your machine?
If performance is faulty, you need to fix it at the wired level before you move onto your WiFi.
2. See How Different Devices Are Affected
If you have great WIFI but your device has a poor wireless chip, you’re going to run into performance issues that have nothing to do with your internet. To eliminate the possibility that your connectivity issues are coming from your devices, analyze how well your WiFi works across as many devices as possible.
You can use a Mac WiFi analyzer to check your WiFi on your computer or other hardware-specific tools to test on separate devices. If you don’t want to use tools for analysis, try to stream videos on each of your devices and note serious differences between tests.
3. Upgrade to Better Wireless Technology
Once you’ve eliminated internet service provider issues and device issues, it’s now time to dive into bringing your WiFi up to speed. WiFi has improved greatly over the last 15 or so years. Today’s standard for WiFi is wireless AC. Before AC came wireless N, G, B, and so on.
If your router is not capable of transmitting a wireless AC connection, consider upgrading to a device that is. You may find that a router upgrade immediately gives you the performance you’re looking for.
4. Move Your Router to a More Central Location
Location matters when it comes to picking up wireless connections. If your router is located in an area where its connection needs to push through several walls to make it to your device, you’re going to experience problems.
Optimally, you’d set your router up in a place that’s as centrally located in your home as possible and is free from obstructions. We appreciate that can be difficult seeing as router positioning will be affected by where your cable cords are located.
5. Invest in a Wireless Repeater
For those of you that can’t move your router to a central location, wireless repeaters are a great workaround. Repeaters pick up WiFi signals at mid-way points, strengthen them, and then push those strengthened signals to hard to reach areas in your home.
Repeaters typically cost less than $20.00 and can dramatically boost your WiFi signal’s reliability.
6. Update Your Router’s Firmware
Just like your phone, router manufacturers are always coming up with updates that may increase how well they work. To download these updates, you’ll need to log into your router’s back-end and manually push them through.
During a router update, you’ll lose internet connectivity for roughly 5-minutes so be sure you’re in a place with any work you’re doing online to avoid problems.
7. Change Your Router’s Channel
Unbeknownst to most people, routers have channels they run on to transmit their signals. This is not unlike walkie talkies.
If you live in a populated area, it may be that several routers are all crowding the same channel which can create performance issues. To circumvent the issue, go into your router’s settings and move its channel around.
Doing so could immediately add clarity to your connection.
8. Be Mindful of Your Bandwidth
The more devices you have pulling data from your WiFi connection, the less reliable your connection will be. Therein lies the importance of having an internet package that can support the number of devices your family uses and the importance of resting devices when they’re not in use.
The better your family is about turning off extraneous devices, the more bandwidth can be funneled to actively used devices.
9. Give Intruders the Boot
We’re rounding out our list of WiFi tips with an obvious one; your connection needs to be secured with a password. That password should change regularly to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Insecure wireless connections invite freeloaders to hop on your WIFI which poses security risks and will inhibit your connectivity.
We Hope Our WiFi Tips Give You a Boost
Slow internet may be a “first world problem” but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Hopefully, we’ve managed to give you the insight you need to combat any issues you’re running into.
Are you still dealing with snags? Do you need more WiFi tips to help you troubleshoot? If so, we recommend that you browse additional content in our digital publication that dives deeper into views on WIFI technology and other topics.