WiFi dropouts can often be a major source of issues and arguments in today’s modern household.
While the majority of modern routers can deliver a strong signal to even the most remote corners of family homes, there are several tips and tricks you can adopt to boost the speed and reliability of your wireless internet network. Here’s four which you can try right now:
Move your router
While WiFi routers may not necessarily match your home décor, it’s important that they’re given space to stand out. Homeowners often have the habit of stuffing the router behind a desk, under a bed or in the far reaches of the house. The latest research suggests that thick walls, lots of corners, interruptive appliances (such as microwaves and TVs) may all be limiting the strength of the router. For best results, it should be placed centrally and with plenty of space around the antennae.
DLAN is among the most underused and undervalued technologies in today’s internet-fuelled world. Essentially, it allows you to create a wired internet system using your home’s power lines, delivering a wired-like internet experience. However, DLAN technology may have its own teething problems, so it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get the very best performance.
Change the wireless channel
Wireless internet is transmitted on a specific channel, much like radio stations and walkie-talkie devices. However, unlike radio stations, more than one wireless signal can be transmitted on one channel. This can cause interference and congestion. Most routers allow you to manually select a channel and check what others in the neighbourhood are running on, so it’s best to pick the channel with the least traffic.
You might find that your internet runs slowly at specific times during the day. This is natural, as most people tend to use the internet during peak times, such as evenings and weekends. However, it’s more likely that your internet bandwidth is being gobbled up by someone else in your household. Downloading, playing online video games and video streaming are data-heavy and could be hogging the bandwidth from other devices. To counteract this, consider limiting household use by using Quality of Service (QoS) software. This enables you to prioritise how bandwidth is used across different devices.
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