WiFi has quickly become a standard service in our homes. We take it for granted and expect it to always be there, except for when it’s slow or even worse: NO SIGNAL, UGH!

Typically, your internet provider supplies you with a modem and your modem connects to a wireless router, giving you WiFi. In some cases, the modem and router are on the same device. Technically speaking, a router is a computer and, like all computers, they can get bogged down with junk, which reduces your connection speed. Fortunately, I’ve got a few tips that may help speed up your WiFi:

  1. Protect your WiFi router with a password. We can guarantee your connection will be slow if everyone in the neighborhood is connected to your WiFi router. Most routers come with instructions on how to set your own password. A web browser is usually all you need to access your router’s configuration and set a password.
  2. The first rule in buying real estate also applies to where you put your WiFi router: “Location, location, location!” Routers are designed to beam signals down in order to cover an area. Walls and other devices such as cordless phones can also cause interference. Ideally, a router should be centrally located, away from competing devices and close to the ceiling.
  3. “Reset” your network. Unplug your modem and WiFi router and shut down your computer. Then, boot each one up in the following order: Modem (wait for lights to stop flashing), then WiFi router (wait until the internet/web light is on), then, finally your computer. Repeat every month.
  4. Sometimes, old data on your computer can make your WiFi connection seem slow. This old data is stored in your web browser’s temporary memory called a “cache.” All web browsers have a setting in the options area that will allow you to delete your “Temporary Internet Files.” We recommend you empty your cache at least once a week.
  5. Purchase a wireless range extender. Think of this as an invisible extension cord for your wireless signal. If your WiFi router is physically far away from your computer, setting up a wireless range extender somewhere in between them can bring the signal closer to you and increase speed.
  6. Visit speedtest.net If you don’t see the speed you are paying for, it may be time to contact your internet provider to check things from that end.

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Rich Suweidan, a.k.a. WebWizard, is a webmaster for the city of New York. He is also the chief principal and webmaster of Webwizard Solutions LLC, designing websites and web-based solutions for almost 20 years. Visit webwizardsolutions.net for all of your website needs.