“Get a faster WiFi connection without actually upgrading your Internet connection.” Yup, that sounds like some kind of digital magic, but it’s very real. Your internet connection speed may be faster right now.
Just to be clear: You do not want to double your download speeds with a few clever tweaks, but you can definitely help speed things up. By ensuring your connection speed is best, you can enjoy more stable video calls, faster downloads, faster web browsing and more.
The key here is that you can get it all, ideally for hybrid tuition, without having to spend money on upgrading your connection.
Have a faster WiFi connection now
The key is that your network can run more efficiently in your home, so all your devices run faster. But also important is that each of these devices is in its best condition to take full advantage of the speed you have available.
These WiFi tips will help you ensure that you always drive as fast as possible so you get your money out of your WiFi network.
Router location is key
The router, which brings data from an external cable or over the air depending on your type, is where all the bottlenecks are. If this does not send most data at the highest speed, everything connected after that will suffer.
So first of all, make sure that the router is in the best position. This means not only in the ideal space – where you use the internet the most – but also well located. The WiFi router should have space around it and is ideally located off the ground. This way, the wireless radio signal can get off to a good start reaching out to your entire home.
To do this, remove the router from large and potentially deadly objects. So think metal refrigerators or televisions, dense brick walls or fireplaces, metallic framed furniture or even other gadgets. In essence, the more space around your router, the more speed this signal can offer.
If your router also has antennas, make sure they are pointing in the right direction. This means towards your devices as opposed to e.g. On a wall or metal object nearby. The antenna transmits signals omnidirectionally so that a vertical transmits it horizontally. So if you want WiFi upstairs, try setting your antenna horizontally to fire the signal upwards.
Finally, make sure that your router is running the latest software and that you regularly restart it to make sure it is running at its most optimal.
WiFi is definitely great, with all the freedom and convenience it provides. But it still can not beat a good old-fashioned cable connection when it comes to speed and stability. This is done using an Ethernet cable that runs from one of the ports where most routers have at least four.
From laptops and consoles to smart TVs and stereos, everything can benefit from being connected to hardwire. Although many devices do not have Ethernet ports these days, you can purchase adapters to ensure you have the best possible connection speed. It also frees up more WiFi bandwidth for the other devices connected wirelessly.
Clean your network
You may not have noticed it, but it is likely that you have gathered more and more devices now running from your WiFi network. Some may lie dormant, while others may dive into your network without you even knowing it. For this reason, it pays to have a clearout now and then. It gives your router free to concentrate the connection to the devices you actually use regularly.
One way to get cleaned up is to log in to the router and see directly which devices are connected. Most routers have a login and password that can be accessed via a web browser if your router does not already have an app setup on your phone. To access via a browser, type “https://184.108.40.206” and you will be taken directly into the router’s local network.
Use a password
Another way to ensure that your router does not unnecessarily serve more devices than it needs is to ensure that you are not used by someone else. If you have a decent WiFi signal, you may find that other people living nearby are using your network connection.
To stop this, make sure you not only have a password on your WiFi, but also change it regularly – if you find devices you do not recognize on your network. This will not only speed up your connection, but will also ensure that you are secure and potential threats can not easily get into your networks and devices.
Get the right bandwidth
Most WiFi routers come with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bandwidths. The first is better for range but will not carry as much data, while the second is faster but will not go that far. So be sure to connect the right devices to the right one.
Use your 2.4 GHz band for your basic gadgets, such as smart home appliances, security cameras and even smart speakers. Then save the faster 5 GHz band for PCs, smartphones, consoles and smart TVs.
If everything is still busy, you may find that everyone living nearby uses the same tapes, making it congested. You can log in to your router and change the band frequency manually, as this is usually set automatically. This can give you more speed. For a Mac, use the Wireless Diagnostic feature (Option + click on Wi-Fi status at the top right); for Windows, use an app like NetSpot.
None of that helped. What now?
If you find that even after all these adjustments to your use of WiFi, you still have a slow connection, then you have two options, both of which may require spending money.
The first is to invest in a new router – or a mesh – network of routers if you have a larger space to cover. This can vary in price, so does not have to cost too much, but generally speaking, the more you spend, the faster the performance becomes.
The second and most important is to get a faster internet connection. This can be done if you are lucky, by contacting your provider and complaining to see if they can improve what you have. Or by finding a faster package. Or by seeking out a new broadband provider altogether. However, avoid this too much as this can sometimes end up saving you money and gaining more speed if you find a package that works for you.