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Thread: How to speed up your slow Wi-Fi with 5 steps

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    How to speed up your slow Wi-Fi with 5 steps

    Is buffering getting in the way of your binging? Kids blaming laggy Internet for losing online games? Wish your iPad could connect while curling up with an ebook in bed?

    Good news: You have a few options to improve the speed, range, and overall performance of your wireless network.

    The following tips and tricks should also help if you have multiple Wi-Fi devices on your network at the same time ó such as a computer, printer, smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, video game console, multi-room sound system, and smart home gadgets.

    It starts with your ISP

    You could have the fastest router in the world, but it wonít be useful if you arenít getting fast speeds from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

    Budget permitting, ensure youíre getting the fastest speeds offered by your ISP Ė especially if you like to stream video, play online games, and have multiple simultaneous devices on the network. Usually, the more you pay, the faster the download and upload speeds, and the more data youíre allowed to use per month (unlimited is the way to go if your ISP offers it).

    If itís been a few years since youíve upgraded the modem you rent or bought from your ISP, confirm with them itís the best they got.

    Location, location, location

    The next step is to ensure your router, which gives you your wireless Internet, is in an optimal spot in your home.

    Keep it on the main or top floor and close to the center of the house for optimum reach. Refrain from keeping your router in the basement, if you have one, as itíll be tough for devices elsewhere in the home to communicate with it. On a related note, donít shove the router in a corner of a home, or locked away in a cabinet, because you donít like the way it looks. Instead, keep it out in the open for maximum reach in and around your home. Make sure itís off the floor and on a desk or bookshelf.

    Also, keep your wireless router up to date with the latest downloadable firmware.

    Newer routers, consider MESH

    According to a recent IDC survey, nearly half the people surveyed use routers that are at least 12 years old. Yikes.

    If itís been a few years since youíve upgraded your router, consider picking up a new one Ė with 802.11ac speeds instead of the older 802.11n ó as itís not only faster but covers a wider area and supports more simultaneous devices. For maximum impact, your devices, such as a laptop, should also support the newer speeds.

    Often a number is associated with the router, such as an AC3200 router, which is faster than an AC1900 router, for example (the higher the number, the better).

    Those in a larger home (or older home, with, say, concrete walls) might consider a MESH network, which is a more advance router, and includes multiple ďbasesĒ or ďhubsĒ Ė wireless extenders, if you will ó to place around the home. These devices all wirelessly communicate back with the router to blanket a broader space, and with faster and more reliable Wi-Fi.

    Channel changer

    Todayís Wi-Fi routers broadcast in two different frequencies: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Figuring out the best one for your situation can improve your networkís reach, speed, and reliability.

    Devices on the 5 GHz frequency minimizes interference among devices also operating on the 2.4Hz frequency in the home, such as microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones. While the 2.4GHz frequency is able to reach farther distances than the 5GHz frequency, devices connected to the 5Hz frequency operate at faster speeds.

    When joining your devices to your router (required once), you can choose which frequency you prefer.

    Security, privacy


    Especially now that routers have a broader range than ever before, itís critical to have a password on your homeís Wi-Fi connection. You donít need a degree in computer engineering to add a good password. If unsure, contact your ISP for help.

    Neighbors who secretly use your wireless network get a free ride, which can also slow down your Internet performance. Whatís more, you might be liable if nearby web surfers download illegal content, such as pirated movies, from your Internet connection. A password also minimizes the chances of someone hacking into your computer and access your personal Info.

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    I could add that 5 GHz frequency almost dies through 1 wall. It has limited range. A lot shorter compared to 2.4 GHz frequency.

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    Thank you very useful information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicX View Post
    I could add that 5 GHz frequency almost dies through 1 wall. It has limited range. A lot shorter compared to 2.4 GHz frequency.
    I have a 5 GHz router running through two concrete walls without any problems
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    Thanks for the tips. Personnally when I get low signal in a place I just add 1-2 repeators.
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    @jimmy7
    I would add not to use wep/wpa only wpa2 (and soon wpa3), wep/wpa add overhead.
    Also poor USB 3.0 cables can cause impact on 2.4GHz frequencies for wireless devices which are near the cable due to interference, usually higher channels are more affected (6 and up).
    Last edited by Nvm; 5 Days Ago at 08:25 PM. Reason: Tag
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