Tech Tip: Improve your Wireless Speed at Home and Work

Why is my home wireless slow? Read on for some tips…

Use the Best Frequency

Older devices only work on 2.4 GHz WiFi networks, while newer devices can work on 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. Modern WiFi routers can sustain both networks simultaneously. Having your new devices on the 5 GHz band and older devices on the 2.4 GHz band can decrease congestion in your local wireless network. Pro tip: 2.4 GHz frequencies typically penetrate building walls a little better, while 5 GHz frequencies are faster. If a wireless device can run at 5 GHz, that’s the network it should probably use unless it’s experiencing low signal strength. In that case, configuring that device to connect at 2.4 GHz could improve its signal and actually make it perform faster.

Place the Access Point in an Accessible Spot

Many people put their routers out of sight for aesthetic reasons, which can decrease your device’s Internet speed. Having the router in an open, central location often yields the strongest signal strength. This also counts for any WiFi signal-boosting devices you may be using to spread the signal. Note that some manufacturers have “Long Range” access points that may be a better choice than purchasing a separate booster. We suggest trying a new spot for a day to see if it makes a difference.

Use Wired Connections When Possible

If devices are close to the WiFi router, connect them to the Internet directly with Ethernet cables. The router will then act as a switch for the direct connections. Less traffic on your wireless network may improve speed. Smart TVs and video game consoles are excellent candidates since they use lots of bandwidth and often reside next to routers.

Replace Old Routers and Access Points

Early WiFi routers functioned at 11 Mbps. Modern 5 GHz access points transmit data at around 1,300 Mbps and do a better job managing interference. If you’ve had your router for over five years, replacing it will allow you to take advantage of these new innovations.

Disable Extra Wireless Networks

If you have multiple wireless access point devices (maybe one is provided by your Internet Service Provider and you don’t use it because of weak signal strength), disable wireless functions on the inferior access points. There’s no need to clutter the airwaves with extra traffic. The extra noise could be hurting the speed of the other networks.

Use Separate Trusted and Guest Networks

When visitors come over and want to hop on your WiFi, be sure you share only your Guest network credentials. Your friends may mean well, but if their devices carry a virus or malicious software that sucks lots of bandwidth in the background, they aren’t doing you any favors. Keeping visitors on Guest networks helps keep your devices secure and speedy.

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