In the list of things that annoy you the most, we bet a slower wi-fi connection would be somewhere in the top. After all, who likes to wait for aeons for the Youtube video to load(even if it’s only Yo-Yo Honey Singh singing). To help you re-attain the nirvana of a perfectly functioning wifi network, here are some simple hacks.
1. Don’t keep the router on the floor
Your router, though it may not be as demanding as a junkie without his fix, still doesn’t like to be left on the floor. The thing is, with most routers the signals are broadcast slightly downwards from the antennna and solid surfaces- like for instance a floor- is hard for the signals to penetrate. The ideal thing is to have the router placed a few feet above the ground- a table or a bookshelf could be worth considering.
2. Position the antennae a little differently
As per experts, if the antenna of the router is positioned vertically the signals will be broadcast horizontally. Laptops usually have built-in antennae that are horizontally positioned whereas the positioning of the phone’s antenna will depend on how you hold it. If you have one antenna of the router in a horizontal position and the other vertically, the signal will be broadcast as broadly as possible.
3. Keep the router in the room where you use the wifi the most
The simple fact is that the wi-fi signal will be the strongest in the room with the router. If the room in question is somewhere around the center of the house, all the better.
4. Reboot your router once every day
A slower internet doesn’t always mean some thing’s wrong with the router. The scenario(disaster?) could be brought about by such things as excessive heat, outdated hardware or software in your computer or overt downloading. But to ensure that the router doesn’t cause the slowdown of the rnet, it’s a good practice to turn the router off before you hit the sack each night.
5. Don’t keep the router near other electronic devices
It doesn’t have anything to do with the overall poor quality of programs on television but a router doesn’t enjoy being around TVs. Or microwaves and other electronic devices for that matter since electronic equipments and also huge metal objects can interfere with the router’s signals.
6. Check the strength of the signal to find where to place the router
A great way to figure out the ideal position for a router in the house is by gauging the strength of the router’s signal. This can easily be done thanks to apps such as Amped’s Wi-Fi Analytics and Cloudcheck. This way, you can map the house and see at what points inside the house the signal is weak.
7. Don’t keep the router in a corner
This has less to do with a router feeling like it’s being neglected and more to do with the fact that it’s signals are sent in all directions. In other words, if you chose a corner of your house as the position for the router, you’ll end up wasting a lot of the signal. Try keeping the router as close to a central position in the house as possible.
8. Block out those who steal from your wi-fi
One thing that’s a given with Wi-Fi is that no matter where you stay there are always free-loaders around. While password-protection in Wi-Fi is a standard, that’s not enough to keep the free-loaders from making away with your bandwidth. Setting a WPA password, therefore, is called for. You’ll probably require a network professional to do it.
9. Don’t let the router be covered by anything
The signals from a router can be absorbed by many things, like many are the students who would eagerly absorb what an average teacher has to say. Okay, you know that comparison is misplaced. But keeping the router in the open rather than being covered bys such things as furniture or a curtain will help you receive stronger signals.
10. Configure the software of your Wi-Fi(Not as hard as it sounds!)
Simple software tweaks can help you gain a better wi-fi network in some cases. In order to configure the software you’ll have to enter an IP address in your web browser. To figure out this address, you can either Google search your router’s brand name or look on the underside of the router(probably in the reverse order). Once you get in settings, you can try either of the two things:
a) You can change the channel in which the router operates. This is especially useful with older routers because cross-channel interference is quite common with them. These routers can operate at 14 distinct frequency (nos 1 to 14). Of these 1, 6 and 11 are considered the best. Usually the default setting is channel no: 6. So, if you encounter signal problems, you can try a different channel.
b) Upgrading the router’s software-called firmware could be the solution you’re looking for. This sort of upgradation may not be possible with all routers but is a possibility with many an older model. The manufacturer usually issues firmware upgrades occasionally which you can download for free.
11. Get new antennae for the router
While most of the newer routers have internal antennae older ones will have external ones which may require upgrading. If the latter is the case with yours, try to get a high-gain antenna which can be positioned according to the direction in which the signals have to be broadcast.
12. Update the network adapter software
Thinking that the router is the only thing responsible for a good wi-fi network is like considering only a good actor is required to make a good movie. The network adapters in PCs and laptops may also require software updates from time to time. You can check your on-board adapter by going to your network settings to discover the name of the adapter. Once you have that, you can visit the relevant manufacturer’s website to see if you have the latest version of the software.
13. If you have an older router at hand, try setting it up as a secondary router
Your old router can be set up as a wireless access point. That may not come across as as exciting as winning a dream-date with your favourite movie star but it’s still something, isn’t it? To make it possible(not the date but the router) you should connect the LAN port of the second router to that of the primary router. While setting up a secondary router, it’s important to remember to assign the same SSID and security in the second router and also to turn the DHCP off in the second one too.
On some nights, after work, when you’re home, after the dinner at that fancy place your friends have been raving about which didn’t turn out to be good at all, there’s something about checking out memes that’s almost therapeutic. Like drinking liquid breeze on a hot summer day. Thanks to these simple hacks, you can be sure that your wi-fi won’t let you down on that front.