Since we rely on our day to day work and activities on Internet connection, we surely had that experience at one point where our Wi-Fi connection is taking a great deal of our time — that is all we’re getting is sluggish or intermittent signal. Below is a compilation of several different tweaks that you can do if in case you’re having constant slowdowns or drop offs with your home Internet connection.

Internet problems usually occur to those who are just trying to get some work done or simply indulging in a movie marathon. But there are a few steps (most of which won’t cost you anything) you can do to improve and strengthen your Wi-Fi signal at home.

Place your Wi-Fi router in a higher and centralized area of your house

Your router’s position at home plays a big role on how much signal your computers get. If you have your router placed in a far corner of your home, there’s a chance that you’ll get choppy or even no signal on the other end of your house.

Ideally, the best location to place your router is at the most centralized part of your house if possible. Also, consider placing it in an open area, away from other electronic devices that operates on the same frequency (usually Wi-Fi routers run at 2.4 GHz), and with maximized visibility. The more walls, doors, and other obstructions near your router, the higher the possibility of it to get interferences with your signal.

Another thing that you can try is to put your router on a higher place, since routers tend to spread the signal downwards. This means if you currently have your router placed near your house’s flooring, then you’re not maximizing your coverage.

Reposition the antennas

There are two types of antennas that a router can have — an internal or external antenna. If your router has two external antennas, try positioning them in perpendicular position to one another — one pointing vertically and the other positioned horizontally. You can maximize the reception between the router and your device when the receiver and transmitter are operating along the same plane. Some devices have vertical antennas, while others have horizontal. Positioning two antennas on a perpendicular position will ensure that the wireless reception is maximized.

If in case your Wi-Fi router only has one antenna or an internal one, it will take some trial and error to get the perfect reception. Try either positioning the antenna (or the router itself) vertically and horizontally to see if one way works better than the other.

Set up a wireless security

Believe it or not, there are still a handful of networks that run on open or unsecured connection. This does not only pose as a potential threat to users of that network, but it can also create dramatic slowdowns, which can be caused by users who leech off open networks and hog bandwidth by streaming videos or downloading large files.

Enabling wireless security can be done by accessing your Wi-Fi router’s configuration page via a web browser. Usually, you use the router’s IP address to access this page and then use the default login information to sign in. This procedure varies by brand, but it’s generally easy to find, which is usually at the bottom of the router or on the product manual. It’s recommended to choose the WPA2 type of encryption and set a long and strong password for network, but something that you can easily remember. You may want to jot it down as well just to avoid the possibility of accidentally forgetting it and end up resetting your router to factory defaults.

Be vigilant with your Wi-Fi network’s password and share it only with people whom you trust.

Try switching to 5 GHz

You may have not considered it, but the current frequency that your router is currently running on can also be the cause of the connection problem. If you simply pulled it out of the box, installed it, and the rest is history, you probably grazed over the drop-down box that let you choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

If you have plenty of electronic devices and appliances at home, there’s a big possibility that the 2.4GHz spectrum is pretty crowded. Bluetooth devices, wireless peripherals, and even microwaves cause a lot of noise in the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

To cut down the noise and drop-offs, try switching your router to 5 GHz via its config page. Normally, you will see this option on the Wireless section. If your router has an option for either 2.4 or 5 GHz, opt for the second one and check if your wireless reception becomes more stable with it.

Use a less crowded channel

This usually happens when you live in a crowded neighborhood or in an apartment and share a lot of the same signal space with your neighbor. If one of these is your case, then choosing the right channel can greatly minimize the interference and help boost your signal as well.

For starters, channels 1, 6, and 11 are the most frequently used channels in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, since they are the only three channels that do not overlap one another. If you’ve switched to 5 GHz, you have the whole host of channels to choose from. The selection of channels varies by model. Again, this tweak can also be done in the router’s setup page.

It’s worth nothing that several new routers will automatically choose the least crowded channels upon rebooting, so you can also try unplugging the router for a while and then plug it back in. This way, your router will attempt to switch to a less crowded channel by itself.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 6:35:33 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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