Posted on 10/08/2014
Like most advanced technologies, Wi-Fi can be a lifesaver. But, on the other hand nothing is more frustrating than when your home wireless network is moving at a snail’s pace.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by bad reception and painfully slow download speeds, here’s what to do to give the Wi-Fi in your home a boost.
Make sure your router is up to date with the latest version of your computer’s operating system. If your modem is labeled wireless A, B, or G it’s well worth the price to upgrade to a new wireless-N router, to get the maximum speed and range. If you already have a wireless N router and still are experiencing issues, you may need to look into a firmware update. Wireless N routers work the best with a wireless N card in your computer—this will increase your network's reliability, speed and security.
Router location is key. To get the most out of your signal, place it somewhere in the open— free of any restrictions. Elevated areas are recommended along with rooms found in the center of your home, so you can receive the most coverage throughout your house. Remember that routers can often become overheated, so they need good airflow.
Wireless routers operate on a myriad number of channels. If multiple wireless networks are competing for the same channel, this can cause interference affecting the speed of your signal. For optimum usage, you want to select a channel with the least amount of interference.
To reduce wireless interference, change the signal to a different channel and then test to see if your wireless connection improves. Household appliances have been known to cause interference issues as well. Provide enough space in-between your router and objects like cordless phones and microwaves to avoid this problem.
If none of these tricks have worked for you by now, you’re probably about to call it quits and ready for a cold one. However, that’s quite what we mean. If you’re feeling crafty, an aluminum can can actually be used as a W-Fi extender to boost your signal. Watch this step by step video to learn how you can make your own beer (soda) can booster: http://ow.ly/CoGEN
10 Ways to Boost Your Wireless Signal by PC Magazine: http://ow.ly/CrqXv
5 Tips for Spreading Wi-Fi Throughout Your House by Popular Mechanics: http://ow.ly/CrxGM
How to Boost Wi-Fi Signals and Improve Wireless Connection Performance by The Geek Daily: http://ow.ly/Cry58