We all can understand how annoying it is to have a slow and laggy internet connection. There are many factors because of which you might be getting slower Wi-Fi speed. Here are few ways which may help you in boosting your home’s Internet connection.
1) Upgrade your old Wi-Fi router
There have been various advancements in the router technology ever since its inception. New additions in the technology are being made everyday. Getting a new Wi-Fi router for your Internet connection can improve many things for you. The gear provided by the Internet service providers is mostly used, old and outdated.
The most advance router up till now is the Google OnHub. “It uses an adaptive antenna technology that can really boost range and signal strength in the areas where you already had coverage,” says Ben Miller, a Wi-Fi consultant who blogs at SniffWiFi. Instead of a 36-degree omni directional beam, its antenna use a 60 degree beam to send and receive data.
2) Using the correct frequency
The latest Wi-Fi routers are able to broadcast the data in two different frequencies. 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. You can improve your reception of signals and internet speed by figuring out the best frequency according to the environment. One major point to remember is that lower the frequency, the stronger the signal is. As per Mr.Miller, “If you have walls, a refrigerator or a major obstruction between the router and the device you’re trying to use, then 2.4 GHz tends to be very good,”.
On the other hand, the 5GHz signal delivers data much faster than the 2.4GHz band. It has a higher bandwidth. Many routers available in the market have “dual band”. Which means that they are capable of broadcasting 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously.
3) Network Interference
Just like the conversations in cordless phones got tangled up in earlier days, signals from Wi-Fi routers can also interfere with the nearby networks. While many of the Wi-Fi routers program themselves automatically, it is a good idea that one should switch the channel himself/herself.
“If you have a problem area — which typically are the areas that are further away from the wireless router — I go to the problem area, turn on the Airport Utility and look to see if there’s an open channel or a channel that’s less populated by neighbors,” says Miller. To check the Wi-Fi networks, Miller recommends the free Acrylic Wi-Fi app for PC and Wi-Fi Analyzer by Farproc for Android devices.
4) RTS Threshold
If there is an option to adjust the RTS field on your router’s setup software, set it to the minimum. RTS (request-to-send) is made to mitigate the problems with multiple access points on the a similar channel. This might happen in crowded areas.
5) Password Protection
It is always wise to secure your Wi-Fi internet connection with a strong password. The recommended security option to choose while setting up the password in the WPA2 security. This uses the advanced encryption standard and is the best for your network’s performance.
6) Using Powerline
In case the area/room in which you’re using Wi-Fi is too big, there may be some network issues. In that case, the use of Powerline is recommended. It extends the wireless network range and runs on your home’s electricity. One should make sure to buy the Powerlines from reliable and quality producers.