Internet is now an essential part of our everyday life. And if you are like me, there’s no better way to relax than by browsing the internet on your laptop after a long day at work or school. But what happens when the WiFi signal that connects you to the internet is weak? Your whole experience suffers from speed lag and buffering videos. Here are some ways that I’ve found to increase my internet speed!
1) Change Your Router Location:
One thing that can make a huge difference in getting a good WiFi signal is where your router is. If it’s too close to other electronics (i.e., microwave oven, baby monitor), this will cause interference with its signals and slow down your connection or even disconnect you completely.
The WiFi signal can also be blocked by walls, furniture, and other household items. Place your router in a central location that gives it the best possible line of sight to connect with your laptop or mobile device when you are sitting at home.
2) Keep Your Router Clean:
One of the biggest offenders about slowing down your connection is misplaced dust on top of your router or any other electronic device that emits electromagnetic fields (EMF). Dust particles not only interfere with their performance but can cause damage over time due to overheating. Use a brush to gently remove any dust on top of your router and keep it from building up again in the future.
3) Turn WiFi Off When Idle:
Though this may sound counter-intuitive, by turning off your WiFi when you are not using it or if you are going to be away from the house for an extended period, you will save battery life on your laptop as well as extend the overall useful life of your router. This prevents the constant transferring of data and essentially keeping a connection alive that is no longer being used.
4) Re-position Your Router:
The positioning of your router is critical in determining how many devices can connect to it at one time and even how fast they will perform once connected. Once again, aim to place it in a central location with minimal obstacles that will disrupt its signal throughout the entire home. A bonus would be to use several Ethernet cables instead of WiFi to connect your smart TV, gaming devices, and DVD player. They will perform up to 10 times faster than WiFi!
5) Upgrade Your Router:
If you are still experiencing issues with your internet speed or want a more reliable connection, it may be time to upgrade to an updated version of the same router model. Newer models are equipped with better technology to provide increased WiFi range, transfer speeds, and stability for connecting to multiple devices simultaneously.
6) Use The Right Internet Plan For You:
Depending on how many people in your household use the internet at one time or access various websites through streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu, you may need more than just a basic plan that comes with most cable television providers. Depending on your current plan, you can upgrade to a premium package or even get internet service from DSL providers that have slower individual speeds but allow bandwidth for multiple users simultaneously.
7) Avoid Slow WiFi Zones:
Instead of dropping your connection when you reach an area with a lower speed rating, I’ve found it is best to select a high-quality video for streaming instead of HD. It will be less likely to buffer and interrupt your viewing experience.
8) Use A Wireless Extender:
If your router location is not giving you enough access throughout the home, then using inexpensive technologies like this wireless extender will enable every room in your house to access the internet with no wires needed. This device plugs into an electrical outlet and then broadcasts the signal to a larger area.
9) Upgrade Your Internet Connection:
If you are still having problems with your connection after upgrading or trying all of these tips, it may be time to contact your internet service provider and see if they can install an upgraded modem that will support faster WiFi speeds throughout the home.
10) Power-Cycle The Router:
To troubleshoot slow wireless internet connections on office computers, I recommend power-cycling routers by unplugging them from their electrical outlet for one minute before plugging them back in. This is done by either disconnecting the router from computers directly or turning off its main switch (typically located near the back). It should automatically turn back on when plugged in unless a hardware reset is needed for your specific router.
11) Reset Router:
Another option to speed up sluggish WiFi connections is to reset the router itself. This would be done with a hardware reset command at its Web interface or by unplugging it from the electrical outlet (in which case the exact instructions apply in #10 above).
12) Update Your Antivirus And Security Software:
Lastly, make sure you have updated your virus protection software and firewall settings to ensure no conflicts between them blocking internet access on any of your computers. If this is not set up correctly, it can cause network issues while using the internet through WiFi.