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:
- 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.
- 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.
- “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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.