As so many of us have electronic devices in our homes which can be connected to WiFi, it’s not uncommon to run into problems with signal strength and internet speed from time to time. This can cause some slight inconvenience or serious frustration, depending on the severity of the problem. Thankfully there are a number of simple actions you can take to boost your WiFi at home quickly and cheaply. Here’s four quick fixes:
Pick the right location for the router
Ensuring your router is positioned in the best location possible is absolutely essential to having an efficient and trouble-free WiFi connection in the home. The first thing to do is make sure the router is placed in the centre of the home. The aim of this is to stop the WiFi signal travelling through too many solid surfaces, such as walls, as they can slow down WiFi speeds. If you place the router at one end of the house or in the corner of a room upstairs, you risk affecting the signal strength and speed. Ideally it should be placed centrally, with clear space around it and raised from the floor on a desk or table.
Upgrade your router
You may have fast internet to improve your home WiFi, but if you’re using an old router this will slow things down, so buying a new router is something which should be considered. Different features such as ethernet ports and the number of antennae the router has impact a router’s speed, and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to choosing new hardware. Take a look at this roundup of some of the best routers around.
Turn devices off
Devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones shouldn’t be left on all the time – they benefit from being switched off occasionally. If they’re constantly online, the connections can become ‘tired’ and less efficient. Simply switching devices off a little more regularly will make a huge difference.
Get a WiFi extender
If you’ve tried all the above and you’re still struggling to stretch your WiFi signal as far as you’d like, then thankfully there’s still another technological option – the WiFi extender. These handy gadgets boost WiFi connection so you reach those faraway corners of the home or even the garden. Here’s a useful guide to the benefits of a WiFi extender.
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