Everything is done online these days. Not a single day goes by when we do not need the internet. But when the internet speed becomes slow, there are wireless dead zones, Wi-Fi signals drop, or we cannot stream- the world seems to come to a standstill! Wi-Fi can be very uncertain at times! You have a good signal, and once you move five steps in a different direction, the speed suddenly drops! However, there are various factors which influence the speed of the Wi-Fi signal. If you are facing a slow signal, here are ten ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal:
Pick a suitable place for your router:
Placing your router at a suitable place is very important for the desired signal. There are various household items and places that can influence the signal of your Wi-Fi. Here are some places that you need to avoid:
- Metal disrupts the signal of the Wi-Fi greatly. To avoid this, you need to avoid placing your Wi-Fi near any metallic objects or appliances emitting electromagnetic waves such as microwave ovens, dishwashers, etc. These objects can create a dead zone near your router.
- Materials such as foam, glass, wood and plastics can disrupt a signal to a certain extent. Also, avoid placing your router near a stud. You can find the presence of a stud with the help of a stud detector or an app.
- Try keeping your router away from televisions, washing machines, cordless phones, etc. as they can lower the router’s performance.
Update your router:
Updating your router is a critical job to protect it from malware. Once a malware attacks a router, it steals the bandwidth and makes it slow and spreads to other networks. Here is how to stay updated with the latest version:
- Connect your router’s network with a web browser.
- Enter the IP address of your router.
- Log in with your username and password.
- Scroll through the options until you come across Router or Update Firmware Update.
- Let the router update to the latest firmware.
Install a robust antenna:
A robust antenna can boost up your Wi-Fi speed to a great extent. Mostly the companies provide weak antennas since they are smaller in size (4 dB, 2 or 3 inches). More robust antennas (10 dB), can be 10 to 15 inches long. If the size is not a problem, instead of buying a new router, consider getting a powerful antenna instead!
Set a Wi-Fi password:
An open Wi-Fi network will enable your neighbours and strangers to use your Wi-Fi, thus decreasing its performance. Encrypting and setting a strong password is very important. Here are some rules that you can follow:
- Do not use common passwords, for example, 98765, password, etc.
- Make sure to include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Short passwords can be easily guessed, so set up a password that is at least eight characters long.
- Set a password that does not include your personal information.
Use a Wi-Fi booster or repeater:
To enhance the performance of your Wi-Fi, consider purchasing a Wi-Fi booster or repeater.
Wi-Fi repeaters rebroadcast the primary signal as a new network, whereas Wi-Fi boosters amplify the signal before rebroadcasting it. These devices can cost less than $100 and can be easily installed by pressing the WPS button.
Use a different Wi-Fi channel:
Switching over to a different Wi-Fi channel can be a great way to boost your router’s performance. Various countries offer multiple channels, such as 1, 2, 6, 14, etc. However, most users keep the router connected to the default channels, i.e. 1 and 6. Using the default channels can create traffic since most of the users use these channels. To avoid this, find the least used channel and switch over to it. Here is how to do it:
- Login to your router.
- Go to Settings> Select Wireless Settings.
- Click on Channel> Select your desired channel.
- Click on Save
After your router restarts, use a network analyzer to verify if the channel is working or not.
Control applications that consume a lot of bandwidth:
Certain applications consume a lot of bandwidth, which makes it very difficult for downloading and uploading. However, with QoS (Quality of Service), you can prioritize specific applications of your choice. To enable it:
- Login to your router.
- Go to Settings> Open Wireless Settings.
- Go to QoS Settings> Configure the QoS Rules> Save.
Upgrade your router to the latest technology:
Upgrading your Wi-Fi network to the latest technology can boost the upload and download speed and the range of the signal. You can upgrade to the newest technology, such as IEEE 802.11ac to boost your Wi-Fi performance. Unless you have a strict budget, try purchasing a costly router with the newest technology and features such as Quality of Service, gigabit Ethernet ports, MU-MIMO, etc.
Use 5 GHz wireless frequency:
If your router supports the 5GHz frequency, you should consider switching over to it as it offers faster data rates and is less busy. Here is how to do it:
- Login to your router.
- Go to Settings> Open Wireless Settings tab.
- Change 802.11 band to 5GHz.
- Click on Apply> Restart your router.
Boost the performance by Mesh Wi-Fi System:
In many cases, even a robust Wi-Fi network cannot cover your office or house’s entire living space. In such cases, it is best to set up a Mesh Wi-Fi system. This is a system consisting of the main router and multiple satellite units to provide superior Wi-Fi coverage. Before setting up the system, ensure that the nodes are close enough to pick a strong signal while covering the dead zones! However, you should keep in mind that Mesh Wi-Fi System is not cheap, and if you have a large house, you would require multiple units for the unit to work effectively!
Although Wi-Fi signal issues are common, there are several ways to fix them! So are you facing Wi-Fi signal issues? Just try these ten ways to boost up your Wi-Fi performance! Unless your router is too old, its performance will surely increase!