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The internet is one of the most amazing inventions, and now it’s in everyone’s reach because of Wi-Fi. However, slow connection due to weak signals has become an issue of concern for many users. If your home Wi-fi seems slow these days or if you are planning to set up a small business, you might want to take some steps forward to improve your connection. So here are 7 ways you can use right away to make sure that your signal strength is always good:
1 – Replace Your Router With A New One
As time passes by, the equipment we buy becomes obsolete. Sometimes there aren’t any major issues with it but manufacturers tend to release newer and more advanced models on the market quite frequently. In such a situation, however, your best bet is to buy a new router. While an upgraded firmware can help in some cases, hardware issues might be beyond repair at times. So, if you are facing a slow connection or poor range of Wifi signals despite your router being less than 2 years old, it’s time to buy a new one!
2 – Use The Right Channel
This might sound surprising because most users are not aware that the wireless channels on their routers have different speeds and ranges. Based upon their radio frequency operation bands (the two most common ones being 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), they are divided into three main groups – A, B and G.
Access Points with 802.11g typically support five non-overlapping channels. Five different channels imply that there are 25 non-overlapping channels in total and all the users are free to choose from any of them. However, on an 802.11n network, Access Points support 20 non-overlapping channels which are nearly double the number of 802.11g networks. The reason for this increase in channel numbers is because those wireless networks used two 5 GHz frequency bands – Band A (5180 – 5240 MHz) and Band B (5260 – 5320 MHz). So, if you want to ensure a strong signal in every corner of your house/office then it’s best to select one of the channels with the slowest traffic.
3 – Move Your Router To A Better Spot
Here are a few things you need to remember while placing your router:
Router’s antennas should face the direction of usage. This will help in minimizing interference from other devices in the same frequency range. It’s best if your router is placed at least one floor above the floor where most users connect to it. Placing it below ground level might cause slow or intermittent signal strength even when you have great speeds at higher floors. The router should be away from any metal objects, especially large ones like filing cabinets or bookcases. Walls can act as shields and slow down signals for wireless gadgets, so make sure that the lines of sight between your computer and the router are clear. Your Wi-Fi network has its own noise which degrades the signal quality. Even slow signals can be the cause of slow internet speeds, so make sure you check the status of your network and remove any unnecessary devices.
4 – Install The Right Antenna On Your Router
If you are facing slow speed issues (or slow Wi-Fi connection) then perhaps it’s time to consider changing or upgrading your router’s antenna. A good matching between a device and its transmitting/receiving unit can significantly improve the quality of signal strength. Here are some options that you can try:
1 – An omnidirectional antenna is mounted at all times which offers decent coverage in every direction since there is only one main lobe for this type of antenna. Omnidirectional antennas are used with high power devices like base stations.
2 – Directional antennas are also used with high power devices but their main advantage is that you can change the direction of signal by pointing its different lobes. However, the disadvantage is that they tend to be bulky and offer spotty coverage outside their direct environment.
– Omni antenna – Patch antenna – Yagi antenna – Grid Parabolic antenna
5 – Reorient Your Devices
Since slow signals might indicate a problem with your network’s location and not necessarily slow internet speeds, it might help if you reorganize your Wi-Fi gadgets. Just moving them a little bit further away from other electronic equipment can make a huge difference in signal strength. You might also want to try using a different router channel or switch from a dual-band connection back to an older single-band one.
6 – Use A Wireless Extender To Boost Your Signal
Wireless repeaters are designed to help in situations where users face slow Wi-Fi signal issues due to a weak connection. They work by receiving the slow speed signals and then rebroadcasting them through an established network with increased signal strength which reduces wireless dead zones in your home and boosts slow internet speeds. These devices are simple black boxes that connect directly into power outlets and have either Ethernet or USB ports for connecting them to routers, access points or other Wi-Fi access points. If you’re considering getting one of these devices then make sure you get one with a digital display that shows signal strength so you can see if it’s working or not. Here are some good options to check out:
1 – Amped Wireless High Power 700mW 3-Pole Dual-Band Amplifier (Model TAP-EX3)
The Amped Wireless High Power 700mW 3-Pole Dual Band Amplifier offers fast internet speeds and is compatible with all 802.11b/g/n devices. It has an LCD screen that displays connection status and the receiver range, while its integrated antennas offer strong long-range connections. The device also features adjustable gain control with 32 steps of fine-tuning for optimizing the performance in different environmental conditions, so slow Wi-Fi signals shouldn’t be a problem with this device.
2 – Securifi Almond
Another option is the Securifi Almond, which is a smart Wi-Fi extender that you can set up in minutes without any difficult or complicated configurations required. The device will automatically connect to your existing wireless network and then boost slow internet speeds up to 300Mbps (2X faster than standard Wi-Fi) so that slow Wi-Fi signal issues won’t be an issue anymore. It has an LCD screen as well that displays information like connection status and supports WPS for easy connectivity with devices like laptops, desktops and even smartphones. Securifi products are designed to make online living simple by eliminating slow speed issues and offering strong connections, premium customer service and a 60-day money-back guarantee on all its products.
7 – Change Your Channel Or Modulation Type
If slow Wi-Fi signals are still an issue you need to go through your router settings and change the channel or implementation type. Changing these values can make a huge difference in slow internet speeds, as other routers might be using the same channel or modulation type as yours. If this is the case then slow speed issues will happen when signals meet one another since there would be interference with frequencies. The solution? Try changing the setting for a different channel or modulation type until slow wifi signals are no longer an issue. You don’t have to worry about doing something wrong because most routers come preconfigured with popular options but if slow internet speeds are still a problem then you should contact your ISP and ask them to help you with slow Wi-Fi issues.
8 – Reboot Your Router And Devices
If slow WiFi signals it’s an ongoing issue for you, then consider rebooting your router every week or so. This will clear all of the temp data that builds up over time and slow down slow internet connections. You should also reboot any devices attached to the network like computers, phones, printers and smart refrigerators at least once per month in order to avoid slow internet speed issues associated with having too much data stored in these devices. Make sure to turn off these devices before unplugging them from power outlets because residual energy left in the circuits could cause damage if they’re getting a full charge while disconnected from power.
9 – Move Your Router Closer To The Devices
If slow Wi-Fi signals are still an issue you need to move your router closer to the devices that are accessing slow internet speed. This can help improve slow speeds by making sure there aren’t any obstructions between them, like walls or other devices picking up slow router signals and interfering with the frequency. If slow Wi-Fi connections are still slow after moving your router closer to the computer then consider upgrading your router model since this would be the most feasible way of solving slow wi-fi issues. You could also set up a second access point for better signal coverage if slow WiFi is an ongoing problem in certain areas of your home or office.
10 – WI-FI Mesh Systems
Mesh systems have made slow Wi-Fi issues a thing of the past since they use multiple access points and “mesh” them together to create one large wireless network. The system can be set up in a matter of minutes, with no complicated configuration required as other setups require. In addition, it uses WPA2 encryption for password protection to make sure that slow internet speed slow wifi connection slowdowns are avoided. You could even get some additional units if you want your entire house or office to be completely covered by WI-FI but remember that more isn’t always better so make sure to get an area coverage kit before investing in too many units.
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Jason is the head technician and founder of SECURE A COM. He has worked in the industry since 1998. Working on Telstra infrastructure projects, install and maintenance contracts, and now runs SECURE A COM servicing B2B and B2C customers.