Getting a high-speed internet connection doesn’t guarantee a great home internet experience. It’s the router that can make or break it all. And while getting a good router is important, if you don’t know how to use it won’t really benefit you at all. So, to help you we’ve made a list of things you can do to ensure you receive strong signals throughout your home.
Get the Placement Right
With Wi-Fi routers, it’s all about the placement. The perfect spot in your house can mean a world of difference. So, what does the ideal location look like?
The router should be placed high up on a wall mount or a shelf. Tall appliances and furniture can block the signals so make sure to remove physical obstructions from its path. If the walls are concrete then that too will impact the signal strength. In such cases, you should keep the doors open for better reception. Since glass reflects the signals back into the room, make sure it’s placed away from it and the glass is covered.
Cut off bandwidth leeches
Your internet bandwidth can only support so many devices. If you have too many people connected to your Wi-Fi, your internet speeds will suffer. Many users do not secure their connections with passwords or if they do, it’s very easy to crack. What tends to happen then is that people leech off on their internet.
These freeloaders might be streaming HD movies and even 4K content without you knowing. They may even rack up your bills by exceeding the data cap or if you have an automated home they may get a little too powerful with control of your coffee maker and security system. So, you get slow internet, large bills and your home gets taken over by a guy remotely. That’s bad. We’re sure you don’t want that happening to you. Luckily there’s a simple way around it. Just protect access to your routers with a complex password and WPA2 security. You’ll save yourself from all the hassle and stress.
Select a new Wi-Fi channel
You might have to get a little hands on with your router. It sounds intimidating, but you really don’t have to be tech savvy to change the settings. Getting into the system is hard the first time, but only because it’s new. Once you’re in, you’re in.
Switch your router from the standard 2.4 GHz channel to the 5 GHz channel. It has less interferences and is sure to boost your internet speed. The 2.4 GHZ frequency offers 14 transmission channels that overlap so your neighbor’s channel may interfere with your internet and clog your bandwidth. On the other hand, the 5 GHz frequency has 23 non-overlapping channels so with this you don’t have to worry. If you live in a crowded part of town, you can’t do without this.
Optimize router settings
While you’re in the settings, you should optimize them. Here are some things you can do:
Some routers have separate entertainment setting. What this does is that it prioritizes your bandwidth when you stream content and play video games. No more buffering and waiting for the game to load. On the other hand, if your Wi-Fi has multiple users you might want to refrain from making this change. Waiting for minutes for an email to open while someone else streams movies in seconds can get frustrating.
Use Wi-Fi Signal Boosters
If your home is spread over a large area, chances are the signals don’t reach all corners of your home. You can change this by installing Wi-Fi range extenders. They boost your Wi-Fi signals by repeating the signals that they receive through their powerful antennas and amplifiers. Your signals can easily reach twice the area then so you should be good.
Restart your Router
Turn it off and turn it on again. Yes, this works so make sure you do this at least once every month. Once you turn it off though, wait for 30 seconds before turning it back on. Then let it run for five minutes after which you can check the internet speed you’re getting. We’re sure it will have improved!
Get a New Router
It is recommended that you get a new router every three years. So, if your device has been with you longer than that then it might be time to switch. Getting a compatible router and setting it up on your own can be hard. But, if you have Spectrum internet service you’ll find it easy. The strong and vibrant community of users can help you set it up in no time. Their experience is also useful in troubleshooting problems, so if you prefer to use your own router, we’d suggest you change your provider to Spectrum as well.
There, that’s it. You know what to do. Have fun!