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Is Your Wi-Fi too Slow? Below Are Ways to Improve the Router Speed

by Roveen Anyango
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There is nothing quite as frustrating in this world as slow internet connection. Unfortunately, the best Wi-Fi routers with high speed capabilities might not be within the pricing range of most of us.

Thus, this forces us to try and get creative in order to improve the router Wi-Fi speeds and below are some creative solutions to the slow internet problem.

Do a power cycle

Power cycling refers to the turning off and on of a piece of equipment. Power cycling your router and modem could help remove any glitches and allow for smoother internet speeds.

First, begin with restarting the modem, which translates internet signals from your home to the network provider.

Then, restart the router. The restart clears the router memory and provides a fresh start for tasks that may have been clogging the memory.

Do this occasionally to ensure the speed doesn’t drop.

New antennae

A new antenna can be all the difference between slow and jacked up internet speeds. Most antennas that come with the router will often not be so great. So, an aftermarket  high-gain antenna can improve signal quality.

If not, you can consider a more expensive but better option in a Wi-Fi range extender. These extenders not only extend the range of your Wi-Fi signal, they also act as powered antenna that improves the speed.

Change Wi-Fi frequency band

Wi-Fi works with radio frequency bands, and the two major frequency bands are 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Whatever band you use will often affect the speeds and connection quality at different distances from the router.

So, the frequency band that you might be on could experience some interference. So, try switching to the other band. Often, the 2.4 GHz is the most common Wi-Fi connection and is also used in other wireless communications, which means it can get a little crowded. Switching it to 5 GHz can improve Wi-Fi speeds. However, note that 5GHz will have shorter range.

Change Wi-Fi location

Wi-Fi signals have a major Achilles’ heel which is that they often easily get interrupted by walls, furniture, floors, appliances or any large physical object. They also get interrupted by radio waves from other devices such as Bluetooth speakers, microwaves and wireless phones.

So, ensure that your Wi-Fi is in a central location and a little elevated and close to where you spend most of your time when using the internet. It should also be away from devices like Bluetooth speakers.

More actions to improve your router speed are here. So, don’t get bogged down by slow internet.

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