Boosting the Speed of your Wi-FI


We all know the frustration that comes along when your Wi-Fi stops working. At first, everything is working fine without a problem. Then all over a sudden, the unexpected happens. A digital slow down is soon followed by a complete mental meltdown. Experts will tell you that there are plenty of reasons why your Wi-Fi could slow down. It could be as a result of hardware limitations, bandwidth issues or signal congestion. With advancing technology, a single-band router is a story of the past. Personal devices are becoming heavy consumers. Devices such as a laptop, smart appliance, gaming console, desktop, television tablet and smart phones are all competing for the same signal. However, don’t worry. Regardless of whatever is slowing your internet speed, you can always find a solution.

Update the software of the router
People often forget to update their router to the latest software version. It’s a shame considering that people regularly update their operating systems and applications. Updating to the latest version is important for two reasons. First, it protects you and your gadget from security breaches. Second, a software update is known for efficiency. This is very simple as all you have to do it to type your IP address to you administrator page. This is the place you get to receive updates. After every update, don’t forget to restart your router.

Finding interferences
Experts will tell you that there are many household devices that can affect your speed. At first, people suspect that it’s only cordless phones that can affect your speeds. However, there are other devices in your house that can slow down the speed of your videos. They include baby monitors as well as the microwave. The case is quite complicated for old routers especially the ones functioning on a frequency of 2.4GHz. This can be attributed to the fact that many household items also function on this frequency making them overlap. There are two solutions to this problem. You can either upgrade your device or move your router away from the devices. The easiest way to detect such interferences is the creation of a Wi-Fi heat map.

Change channels
Changing the tunnel of your router can be very helpful in boosting the speed of your internet. However, this is effective for a room with devices running on a frequency of 2.4GHz. Moving to a higher frequency might help. Remember that the process is quite different for PCs as well as Macs.

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  1. In a family of 4, I have found that the whole household will go ballistic if the WiFi slows or shuts down. When I hear my wife and two boys yell out “WiFi is not working!” I can be assured it is the ISP that is having issues. When I just hear one family member yell out, “WiFi is not working!” I usually reply, “Try a different website!” Sure enough I will hear, “OK, its working!” 🙂


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