The internet has come a long way since the days of dial-up and the speeds we enjoy these days seemed impossible 20 years ago. However, as internet speeds have improved so too have our expectations increased. The modern user expects fast, reliable broadband which typically can be found with most providers on a wired connection but WiFi can still be patchy.
Check your signal
Speak to your ISP about the signal level in your home and confirm that the bandwidth of your package can cope with the total devices in your property. The average household of 4 to 5 people requires a speed of 50 Mbps on downloads and 5 mbps for uploads. You can also use a free speed test service to see the speeds you are getting compared to what you pay to receive. Other analytics tools can give insight into signal strength, interference and other factors.
Separate your frequencies
Relocate your router
Keep your router clear of other electronic devices and try to place mirrors nearby to help guide the signal around the home. Alternatively you can invest in an extender or amplifier, or better still an internet access point.
Protect your WiFi
Upgrade your hardware
Hardware provided by your ISP is often designed to last a contract cycle, 12-18 months, so cannot always be trusted to use the latest standard. Find compatible dual-band routers that uses 802.11AC—the latest standard in wireless—and preferably one with an external antenna for a more powerful boost. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars, talk to Technology Traders – the technology repair experts the place to go to buy, sell, repair and trade phones, tablets, laptops and computers for those who value reliability and convenience – for advice on how to speed up your WiFi network and to find the right hardware for you.