improve Wi-Fi speed

Everyone loves WiFi and most of us can’t get enough of it. The problem is that it doesn’t always love us back. It’s frustrating to have a poor signal when you need the internet most, but don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to improve your WiFi so you can use it anytime, anywhere in your home or business. Boosting your WiFi speed is no difficult task – all you need is a little know-how and some helpful tips from network improvement specialists who know about these things. You won’t believe how much difference a few small changes can make to your wireless WiFi speed and coverage!

Check which rooms have the best signal

The first thing to do when trying to improve your WiFi is to check which rooms have the best signal. Although you may have great coverage throughout your house, if certain rooms or areas have stronger signals than others, it’s worth considering how to boost the weaker areas. If you have an older home, you may find that the walls and structure can hinder the WiFi signal, particularly if the router is located in a room at the opposite end of a large house. It can be particularly tricky to improve WiFi coverage in a multi-story house, but it is often possible with the right equipment. If you have a large home, it may be worth investing in a mesh WiFi system that comes with devices designed to extend the signal throughout your home. Many WiFi extenders and boosters now come with additional features, such as signal strength meters, to help you find the best position for the device.

Move your router to improve WiFi speed and signal

Sometimes changing the position of the router can improve signal strength in the surrounding areas. If you find the signal is stronger in one part of the house than another, try moving the router to another, more central, room to see if this makes a difference. If you have a large home, you could even consider buying a second router to place in a more distant location. Bear in mind that certain rooms in your house will naturally have stronger WiFi signals, such as an upstairs room that is closer to the router. It’s not always possible to move the router, particularly if it’s placed in a central location for the benefit of all the residents of the house.

Check for WiFi signal interference

In urban areas, the WiFi radio frequency spectrum can be very noisy – your neighbors likely all have WiFi networks too.   Most modern routers have the capability to automatically switch to the radio frequency to the lowest signal noise.  Check to make sure your router is properly configured to minimize competing signal traffic interference.  This will definitely increase your WiFi speed in highly developed areas!

Check for WiFi dead spots

Not all dead spots are a sign of a poor signal – sometimes the router just can’t reach certain areas, particularly if the obstacles are too close to the router. If your house has any WiFi dead spots, there are plenty of ways to boost the signal to these troublesome areas. One of the easiest ways to boost your signal is to use an extender. You can plug an extender into any wall socket, wherever you have a poor signal, and it will boost the WiFi signal to that area. This is a great solution that uses the existing router signal to extend it to hard-to-reach areas. A signal booster(or repeater) is another solution that increases WiFi range by collecting the signal and re-transmitting it in a stronger, more powerful beam. It can be used in conjunction with an extender or as a standalone device.

Try a range extender to boost WiFi signal

A range extender is a small device you plug into a power outlet anywhere in the house that needs a boost in the signal. It acts as an intermediary between your router and a device in a weak signal area, boosting the WiFi signal to that device. The extender is attached to your home network, so any devices close by will automatically switch to the boosted signal. Not all extenders are created equal, and many come with additional features designed to enhance your home network. Many extenders can also be paired with other extenders to boost the signal even further in your house. This is a great solution for large homes where you want to maximize the signal in every room.

Install better quality antennas

If you have a router with removable antennas, you can try removing one or both of them to see if this improves your signal strength. Bear in mind that you may lose connectivity while you are doing this, so make sure you take care when removing the antenna. You may find that the change is minor, but it’s a quick, easy way to boost your signal without having to buy any new equipment. If you want to make more significant changes to your router’s antennas, you can purchase high-gain antennas that are designed to increase the signal strength. These are particularly useful if you have a large house with multiple levels, or if you live in an area with a lot of other Wi-Fi networks.

Try a WiFi power line extender device

A WiFi power line extender is a device that plugs into a power outlet and uses your existing router to extend its signal. It creates two separate channels – one being hard wired using the powerlines themselves, extending your network and boosting your WiFi signal. This is a great solution for homes with multiple floors, or for larger homes with lots of obstacles blocking the router’s signal. You can also use a WiFi power line extender to boost the signal to hard-to-reach areas, such as an attic or garage, where your router may not be able to reach. WiFi power line extender come in a variety of sizes, and some models can even be paired together to increase the WiFi coverage even further. This device is particularly useful if you have a smaller router that doesn’t have the range of a more expensive model, or if you have a larger spread out home or business floor plan.

When all else fails…

If none of these options work, go old school – a conventionally hardwired network bridge using your WiFi router and it’s LAN ports.  For extremely hard to reach places due to distance or construction materials, consider installing a hardwire LAN cable and setting up a separate WiFi network router to service and extend into those hard to reach areas.

Also, take a look at your wireless router…  Make sure it is rated to handle at least the maximum internet throughput provided by your Internet Service Provider’s plan.  This should not be an issue for any modern wireless router but might be an issue for older equipment.

How to measure your WiFi Speed

In Windows 10, there is a network icon in your lower right tray.  Right click the network icon select “Open Network and Internet Settings”.  A list of networks connected to your computer will appear – select your WiFi network from the list and click the “Properties” button.  Scroll down to the Properties Table.  You will see something like this “Link speed (Receive/Transmit): 72/72 (Mbps)”  This tells you the actual speed of the link the computer has negotiated with the router.  As we have discussed here the Link Speed is determined by the combination of router speed rating, computer network card speed rating AND the signal strength (quality of the data link).  The lowest of any of those factors is the WiFi speed limiting factor.

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