Internet plays a vital role in our daily life. Whether it is to watch a news, book a ticket or do some online shopping, we can do all these things by sitting in our home. We should be thankful to our Home WiFi for helping us to connect all over the world by sitting in a chair. But, it becomes the most irritating thing when it comes to slow speed. When we have to finish an urgent work and the internet keeps buffering, but don’t worry, here are some simple tricks which can help you to achieve high speed from your Home WiFi.
Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home WiFi Signal
1. Update Your Router Firmware
Router manufacturers always bring software update to enhance the performance and speed. An updated software helps you to keep your router safe from malware. You just need to update your router. It totally depends on device manufacturer and model that how easy or how hard it is to upgrade your router’s firmware. In latest routers there is a direct option in the administration interface. you just need to hit the firmware upgrade button. For some older model you need to first find and download the firmware from the router manufacturer’s website. It’s tedious, but good to update your router.
2. Place Your Router in Center
Remember your router’s antenna is omnidirectional. It emits the signal in all directions equally. So, in order to get an adequate signal at every corner of your home, place your router in the center of your home. Don’t cover it by any box or cabinet as it creates interference. Avoid placing your router close to metal objects and appliances that emit electromagnetic waves. Don’t keep your router near reflective surfaces like mirror, glass and metal since WiFi signals tend to bounce off these types of materials.
3. Use a Less Crowded Wireless Channel
A WiFi router can broadcast on multiple WiFi channels. Even though most countries have six non-overlapping channels (1, 6, 11, and 14), but many users leave their router set on the default channel, which is usually either Channel 1 or Channel 6. This results in a WiFi traffic jam as too many packets are trying to drive on the same line. There is a simple solution for that- find out that what channels are in use, pick one that’s less congested and manually switch your router to broadcast on that channel. You can find this setting in your wireless network’s administrator interface. While the interface differs by device and manufacturer, you will generally find the option under the basic wireless settings category, or you can also use a tool like Network Analyzer Lite or WiFi Analyzer to see where your WiFi network falls in relation to everybody else’s, and switch channels manually if your router picked poorly.
4. Use a Stronger Antenna
Most of the WiFi routers come with small and weak antennas. So, to get a stronger signal you can add an external antenna. The stronger antenna would be comparatively large. But if you don’t mind the size, you can definitely use it in your home or office. Many router manufacturers sell omnidirectional antennas, that can emits the signal in all the directions equally. So, buying an omnidirectional antenna would be great idea if you want to experience a high bandwidth signal of your Home WiFi.
5. Buy a WiFi Repeater/ Booster
All routers have a limit to broadcast up to a certain distance. If you use a large wireless network area, you need a wireless repeater or booster- to boost your signal. If there is a thick wall or any physical structure that blocks your WiFi signals, you should definitely use it.
How WiFi Repeater works?
WiFi repeater looks similar to your standard router but works differently. It pick up the existing WiFi signal from your wireless router and simply rebroadcast it. Your should keep your repeater close enough to your main network router, so that it can pick up a solid signal and extend the signal to broadcast up to weak spot of your Home WiFi. You don’t need an extender of the same brand or model as your existing router, but you should pick one capable of broadcasting your signal. For example, don’t buy an 802.11n extender if your router is on 802.11ac.
6. Get rid of Intereferences
There are some more elements that can cause interference other than the different routers. Some common appliances like cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens and baby monitors can cause interference in your router signal. This is particularly true with older routers that can only operate on the 2.4GHz frequency and interference from other appliances can cause slowdowns and unpredictable connectivity.
The best solution for this is to avoid placing your WiFi router near 2.4GHz appliances like the ones I mentioned above.
7. Control Bandwidth- Hog Applications
Most modern routers come with Quality-of-Service (QoS) tools to limit the amount of bandwidth that apps use. This is useful when you are doing video streaming and your video quality gets degrade because someone is downloading a movie using Dropbox. You can set the priority for a particular user by using this service. You can find QoS settings under advanced settings in the network’s administrator interface.
8. Password Protect Your Network
An unauthorized bandwidth usage can slow down your network without your knowledge. Do you know that the type of wireless security you use could impact your overall speeds too?
An open network makes it easy for someone to steal your WiFi, and the older WEP security is easily hacked. So, if your network is Open (no security) or is using WEP, please change the security setting immediately. WPA2 with AES is more secure protocol you could employ and it will let you achieve the speeds you bought your new router for in the first place.
9. Use the Latest WiFi Technology
One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. Wireless A, B, and G are old and slow, wireless N is decent, but 802.11ac will give you the fastest speeds around. If you want the full speed boost then you’ll need both a wireless AC router and compatible card in your computer.
10. Reboot Your Router on a Schedule
The most common advice for any device, “If it doesn’t work, try switching it on and off”, also applies to WiFi routers. Sometimes, WiFi problems aren’t about the signal strength or coverage. Maybe someone is having trouble connecting, or the internet connection has slowed down. If that’s the case, rebooting your cable or DSL modem and router can help get your network back on track.
Unplug both gadgets for 15 seconds, then plug in the modem first and wait for it to come fully online. Then turn on your router. You might find that problems you were having are gone.
If you are the one who has to reboot his router so often so it doesn’t drop out, there is a solution. An easy way to solve the problem is just automatically reboot it once a day or so. You can do this with DD-WRT or just a regular old outlet timer.