Wi-fi has quickly become a standard service in our homes. We take it for granted and expect it to always be there, except for when it’s slow or even worse: NO SIGNAL UGH! Typically, your internet provider supplies you with a modem and your modem connects to a Wireless Router giving you Wi-Fi. In some cases, the modem and router are on the same device. Technically speaking, a router is a computer and like all computers, they can get bogged down with junk which reduces your connection speed. Fortunately, I’ve got a few tips that may help speed up your Wi-Fi:
Protect your Wi-Fi router with a password. We can guarantee your connection will be slow if everyone in the neighborhood is connected to your Wi-Fi router. Most routers come with instructions on how to set your own password. A web browser is usually all you need to access your router’s configuration and set a password.
The first rule in buying real estate also applies to where you put your Wi-Fi router: “Location, location, location!”. Routers are designed to beam signals down in order to cover an area. Walls and other devices, such as cordless phones, can also cause interference. Ideally a router should be centrally located, away from competing devices and close to the ceiling.
“Reset” your network. Unplug your modem, Wi-Fi router and shut down your computer. Then boot each one up in the following order: Modem (wait for lights to stop flashing), then Wi-Fi router (wait until the internet/web light is on), then finally your computer. Repeat every month.
Sometimes old data on your computer can make your Wi-Fi connection seem slow. This old data is stored in your web browser’s temporary memory called a “cache”. All web browsers have a setting in the options area which will allow you to delete your “Temporary Internet Files”. We recommend you empty your cache at least once a week.
Purchase a Wireless Range Extender. Think of this as an invisible extension cord for your wireless signal. If your Wi-Fi router is physically far away from your computer, setting up a Wireless Range Extender somewhere in between them can bring the signal closer to you and increase speed.
Visit www.speedtest.net If you don’t see the speed you are paying for, it may be time to contact your internet provider to check things from their end.