Are you struggling to take work calls or stream your favorite shows because of your WiFi? Slow wifi is an unfortunately common problem with a range of possible causes, which makes it difficult to troubleshoot. If you’re unsure of where to start, here are a few ways you can try to improve your WiFi.
Change Your Router’s Location
The most convenient place to store your router isn’t always optimal for your WiFi connection. Instead of storing it away in a cabinet or on a shelf in one of the far corners of your home, try to put it in the center of your house with as few walls or obstructions as possible. Choose a new location and test it out for a day or two. If that doesn’t help, try moving it around again until you get the best signal from all rooms in your home. If you notice certain rooms don’t allow for great connection, the placement of your router might be the problem.
Boot WiFi Leeches
If the location of your router isn’t the problem, you could have some unwanted guests freeloading off of your WiFi. This is especially likely if you have an open network or a weak password. Try downloading the Wireless Network Watcher app to monitor the devices connected to your WiFi. The app will show you the names and information of every device on your network, which you can use to identify devices you don’t own. Some devices might not display a name or any information, so try to remember and list everything that has internet connectivity in your home. Once you’ve identified your own devices, you can kick others off your network to boost your own signal. Remember to change your password so they can’t reconnect.
Improve or Upgrade Your Hardware
Making improvements to your router can also boost your WiFi. If your router has an internal or omnidirectional antenna, it’s more likely to have weak spots throughout your home. Buy an external antenna to attach to your router, but make sure it’s labeled as ‘high-gain. Directional antennas are a better bet if you’re trying to improve the signal in one part of your home. Simply attach it and point it in the direction of your home with the worst connection and see if it makes a difference. You can also invest in a range extender if your home is simply too big, or trade your router for a mesh WiFi system that can disperse the connection more evenly across your house. But if your router is outdated, there’s only so much you can do to improve its range or the quality of the network. You might have to replace your router entirely if these other tricks don’t work.
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