Information Technology, Networking, Wi-Fi

Home Networking – Tips To Optimise Your Wi-Fi Network

a router for for wi fi internet connectionAre you getting poor Wi-Fi on a specific side of your home? Are you having slow speeds every week or so? There may be things that you can do to optimise your Wi-Fi network. In this article, we will be going over some of the key things that you should think about doing.

Tips For Optimising Your Wi-Fi Network:

1. Position Your Access Point Correctly.

One of the first things that you are going to want to do is make sure that you place your access point correctly. Because the coverage area of your router is going to be in a circular/sphere shape, you want to centre it properly within your home. At the same time, you are going to want to avoid putting it directly on the floor, next to extremely thick walls, and between large objects. If possibly, you will also want to try to avoid putting it near concrete, stone, or metal.

2. Check For Software And Firmware Updates.

You are going to want to do this on a regular basis. For routers, simply go to the website of the brand and see whether or not they have any updates that you need to install.

3. Choose The Right Channel.

router channelsAnother important thing that you are going to want to do when you are setting up your Wi-Fi network is to make sure that you are choosing the right channel for your access point. The good thing is that you should be able to utilise a free resource and/or tools like a mobile application to figure out which band will be optimal for your intended use.

3. Get A More Sensitive Antenna.

image of an antenna signalGetting a better quality antenna is likely to cost you some money. If your access point has an external antenna, you are going to want to try to see if switching it will give you a better-intended result.

Omnidirectional antennas will still keep the sphere shaped intact, but ultimately make it larger, so it covers more area. Whereas, directional antennas can be excellent if you happen to have a long and thin coverage area that you are trying to reach.

4. Get A Repeater.

This is also an option that is going to cost money. If you have tried everything and you can’t seem to get a better signal for your Wi-Fi, you are likely going to be a candidate for a repeater. Repeaters can essentially be configured with the same exact network name as your router. That way, you will be able to utilise them and roam within their ranges without actually noticing a thing.

5. Upgrade.

If nothing works for you and you can’t seem to generate a better signal throughout your home, it is likely going to be time to upgrade your router. There are likely newer and better models on the market that will provide you with an even better range output than you are currently getting with your current router. If you intend on doing this, try to find one that is going to provide you with the bands that you need to get the best performance and speeds from your respective devices. Alternatively, you can also considering contacting an IT support company to see if they can help you out with your existing router and get you a better signal. In some cases they will be able to handle this remotely without the need to visit your home. If they determine the issue issue to something in your home then they may also need to come to your house to assess the situation.

Here are some more tips to get the most out of your home Wi-Fi network connection