Get the most out of your wifi

So your Wi-Fi router doesn’t seem to give you those blazing fast speeds it used to or it’s not reaching as far as it once did and your not sure what to do, well you are in luck because we have some tips for you.

  1. Hardwire any devices that are close to the router and that are stationary, doing this frees up wireless bandwidth and gives you best possible signal to your stationary devices. Don’t believe us? Hook up your Xbox/One or PS3/4 to the Ethernet cable and watch your performance increase. Why is this the case simply because Ethernet can support greater traffic with little concern for signal strength unlike wireless.
  2. Get the latest and greatest Wireless access protocol. What do we mean by this? If your router show 802.11g then you are long over due for an upgrade. 802.11n has been the standard for years now and its even faster brother 802.11AC is the fastest available on the consumer market, though you will pay a pretty penny to get there.
  3. Dual band routers come equipped with two frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz, while the latter doesn’t have the same range it does provide better bandwidth as it is less crowded.  Further more you can use your dual band to create separate networks: One for your family that is secured and once that is open to guests, if you feel so inclined.
  4. If your router or wireless card allows it, try out some high gain wireless antennas, they will set you back 30-40 bucks but will also allow you to send your signal out further. If you opt for an 802.11AC router then this wont be necessary as Wireless AC will focus its broadcast toward signal-fringe devices.
  5. Download an app to your smartphone to analyze the networks around you, by doing so you can see what wireless channels surround you and adjust accordingly. For example a lot of homes in my neighborhood are using wireless channel 11, so I switched to 1 and have a more consistent connection.

If in the end these tips don’t help you out as much as they really should, give our office a call and schedule an appointment to have a technician identify issues with your network.

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