If you’d like to improve the performance of your Wi-Fi network, there are a few things you can do to obtain a better signal in your home, including the following:
- Choose a good spot for your router. It’s important to note that you can’t put your router just anywhere because not all rooms or areas are suitable. The router should never be placed close to metal objects or appliances that emit electromagnetic waves because the metal is the number one disrupter of a Wi-Fi signal. If your router is placed close or next to these things, it will affect its performance significantly. Stoves, microwave ovens and dishwashers are problematic as are washing machines and televisions. In addition to metal, other materials like glass, plastics, wood and foam should also be kept at a far distance from your router because they too can disrupt your Wi-Fi signal. Keeping your router as far away from these items as possible will help boost your signal.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi at home is password protected. Most people rely on Wi-Fi and there is a big demand for access to open networks that are fast and reliable, so if yours is accessible, it’s highly likely that your neighbours will use your network, even if they have their own. The number of people using your Wi-Fi network will affect the speed at which it operates, so if you want to keep strangers away, you must have an encrypted and password protected Wi-Fi to cut off all unwanted users. Do not select a password that can be easily guessed, so avoid common passwords or number sequences. Instead, create a password that is long and includes a combination of symbols, numbers and both uppercase and lowercase letters, which make it extremely difficult to guess.
- Make use of different Wi-Fi channels. There are several different Wi-Fi channels on which your router can broadcast and most homeowners leave it on the default channel, which is why there is sometimes a traffic jam as there is too much activity on that one channel. If you’d like to see an improvement in the performance of your Wi-Fi, find which channel is the least occupied and switch to that.
- Make sure you’re using the newest Wi-Fi technology. This will offer superior download and upload speeds and the newest wireless technology will provide your home with improved range. Purchase a router that has an excellent range as well as modern features and make sure your home router and any Wi-Fi enabled devices are capable of supporting them so that you can fully take advantage of the latest technologies and boost your Wi-Fi at home.
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