With the majority being reliant on high-speed internet, the once was seen as a luxury has become a necessity. No one wants a slow internet connection. It can disrupt your daily activities, from your Zoom meetings to Netflix binge-watching. While occasional slowing down of internet connection is bearable, it becomes stressful and frustrating once it happens frequently.
So whether you’re working remotely or just want to enjoy your streaming services subscription, we’re here to help you improve your internet connection in just five simple ways.
1.Do the magic power cycle.
To begin, let’s perform a hard reset and see if that helps your Wi-Fi performance.
Restart your modem.
Wait at least 30 seconds after unplugging your modem or wireless gateway before plugging it back in. The modem is able to clean up any problems with this procedure.
An internet modem is a device that converts data packets from one network to the next. A power cycle is a smart place to begin troubleshooting if your internet is playing up since it often cures connection issues.
Restart your router.
For those of us with a separate router, we’ll need to repeat the process. A router power cycle, like the one you perform on your modem, clears the router’s memory and allows it to start over on activities that were previously bogging it down.
When you’re done, make sure you switch off the Wi-Fi on all of your gadgets. After a little pause, turn Wi-Fi back on. Allow these devices to re-establish their connection and see if it improves.
Even while a power cycle may seem like a simple thing to do, it can have a big impact on your home network. Therefore, rebooting your equipment at least once per few months is something we recommend you do on a regular basis. You can reboot your equipment at any time, but it’s important to remember that you’ll be disconnected from the internet for a few minutes.
2.Move your router.
The range of your wireless connection is limited, and its signals can be disrupted or blocked by physical obstructions, including walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, appliances, and more. Radio waves from other devices, such as microwaves, baby monitors, and Bluetooth speakers, might also interfere with these signals.
To avoid Wi-Fi interruptions, it’s best to place your router in the centermost part of your home to ensure that you’re making the most out of the signals your router transmits. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, you have to prioritize specific areas over others, especially if you have a big home.
For example, you and your family usually bond over TV streaming in your living room. To have a smooth streaming experience, you’ll need a stable internet connection. So, you need to place your router in a location where your living room, as well as other areas such as home offices, game rooms, and other areas where you usually need an internet connection.
3.Use an Ethernet Cable
Wireless connections are convenient, and that’s a fact. However, it’s not always fast. There’s a reason why internet providers do not guarantee their maximum advertised speeds via Wi-Fi. It’s because when it comes to speed and stability, cabled connections like ethernet are always going to beat wireless.
The ethernet cable sends signals straight to your device, making it faster than wireless connections. So, for example, if you just recently subscribed to different streaming services and you wanted to give them a go on your smart TV, it’s best to connect it to the internet via an ethernet cable to ensure a smoother streaming experience.
Here are some of the devices you should connect to the internet via an ethernet cable:
- Gaming consoles (PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, etc.)
- Desktop or laptop computer
4.Switch the Frequency Band
Your Wi-Fi signal is typically divided into different channels. These channels are used by routers to connect with the devices in your home. Everything can get congested rapidly if you have close neighbors with routers on the same Wi-Fi channel. If you’re having trouble with this, try changing channels.
This is something that every router does a little bit differently. If you don’t know where to find it, check its manual or search for the instructions online. You should be able to find it someplace in the device settings. It’s best to use channels 1, 6, and 11 because they’ll have the least interference when several devices are connected.
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are presently used by the majority of routers today. For some devices, you may be able to prioritize the 5-GHz band over the 2.4 GHz band, which provides a faster connection to the internet but has a smaller range. Our recommendation is to have both frequencies active, as older devices may only work on 2.4 GHz.
5.Use a Wi-Fi Extender or Repeater
Even if you’ve placed your router in an optimal location, your home may still have dead zones, especially if you have a big house. Fortunately, you can a Wi-Fi extender to, well, extend your Wi-Fi signals so that it can have a wider coverage. These devices are usually easy to set up. You just need to plug the device into a spare wall socket in an area where you want to extend the signal, connect your Wi-Fi to the extender or repeater, then you already have a wider internet coverage at home.
However, it’s worthy to note that a wireless signal that has been stretched or repeated from your router will be weaker than one that has been received directly from your device. You can try connecting low-bandwidth gadgets to these devices.
If you think that your current internet speed does not meet your needs, it’s best to upgrade your current internet plan to avoid the hassle of a slow connection. However, if you’re not getting what you’re paying for, it may be time to switch internet providers. Sometimes, other providers are better than certain locations, so make sure you do research before closing an agreement with a specific provider.
Marziano is a seasoned tech expert with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and multiple certifications, including CompTIA A+, Network+, and Cisco’s CCNA, he has a well-rounded and robust understanding of various aspects of technology.