The most freaking and dreaded scenario is definitely watching a webpage load slowly as the deadline is nearing or Netflix constantly pausing to buffer.
A sudden digital slow down in the midst of a speedy streaming is the result of slow Wi-fi connections, popping up due to signal congestion, bandwidth issues, and hardware limitations. The undeniable fact remains in this case that most households and offices can’t get away with a basic single-band router anymore. Personal devices have started to stretch available bandwidth, and each smartphone, tablet, television, desktop, gaming console, a smart appliance, and the laptop is competing for the same signal.
So in this scenario, the following steps help in maintaining a better, stronger Wi-Fi throughout the entire house, and many of them also being cost effective.
Updating the router’s software:
Regular updates of apps and operating systems are done by the majority of the individuals. However, they tend to forget about their router’s firmware. In this case, it provides two advantages, i.e. to make the Wi-Fi more efficient and also to protect oneself from newly invented security breaches.
For this, it is needed to use the web browser, then typing in the router’s IP address, the router’s administrator page can be visited, checking for updates. Just an username and password is needed to log in. Also, even the router default passwords are available online.
To check the effect, the router needs to be restarted after the update For better usage, an appointment in your calendar needs to be set to check for router firmware updates every three months. But this also might not stay for long as some newer routers update themselves without owners having to do a thing.
Rearrange the Antennas:
Routers consist of two types of Antennas, Internal and External. Then, if there are two external antennas, they need to be placed in a perpendicular position to each other, i.e. one placed vertically and the other horizontally. So now, reception between the router and your device is maximized when the receiver and transmitter are operating along the same plane.
If your router has only one antenna or an internal antenna, it will take some trial and error. So, here the antenna (or the entire router) should be tried positioning vertically and horizontally to see if one way works better than the other.
Using Heatmapping Software:
When not sure of the nearby networks interfering with the user’s networks, or the type of coverage actually needed, the software can be downloaded that would aid by showing everything that the user wants to know, rather would want to do with the wireless signals at home.
This software enables the user to view how the home’s wireless heat map looks like and also allows to see exactly the kind of coverage each room is receiving So, now with this information, the router or antennas can be rearranged or powerful adapters can be used to eradicate the problematic areas.
Place the kids on their own networks, enabling QoS:
Many parents have placed their kids on separate networks bounded by own rules and parameters.The simplest method is to set up a separate Wi-Fi router. Along with this, the user can also enable the router’s “Guest Network” option. Guest networks are designed to give visitors limited access to the home’s network and files, but it can also work for kids. A guest network has a lot of benefits, including the ability to shield the main devices from certain web-based attacks.
Lastly, adjusting the router’s QoS (Quality of Service) settings. QoS helps in prioritizing accounts according to the type of data being transmitted. Applications like Skype, streaming media, and online gaming to have higher priority than other activities.
Contacting the ISP is the last resort:
Perhaps the last and the most unpleasant way, but definitely a great savior from hours, days or weeks of future frustration. If the user has upgraded the Internet package and is using hardware supplied by the service provider, they can get the right hardware to the users. Of course, they can fix any other issue. Unfortunately, those solutions come at the expense of the user’s own purse.
So, resort to these ways and start speeding up your Wi-Fi today.