Wi-Fi problems got you down? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. All kinds of issues can prevent you from connecting to your wireless network, from the construction of your house to interference from your neighbors to the inevitable aging and delays of old equipment. So how can you speed up your home wireless network? We’ve assembled some tips and tricks to help you diagnose and solve some of the most common Wi-Fi problems, whether you can upgrade to a new router or not.
1. Router placement is key
Where you place your router in your home makes a huge difference in signal quality, Entrepreneur reports. Avoid placing the router in corner rooms, or worse yet, in your basement. The more walls, piping, or ducting the signal passes through, the weaker the signal is going to be. The router should be placed as close to the center of the room as possible for optimal performance. Radio signals should be able to make it through walls without much problem, but if you’re in a room with thick walls, expect to have trouble connecting even with a router close by.
2. Dual band router? Use it!
Many routers come with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity. USA Today recommends you use the 5GHz band whenever possible. With so many wireless networks out there, and Bluetooth becoming more common (it, too, operates in the 2.4GHz band), there’s a lot of interference for your router to overcome at times. We recommend that you use the 5GHz band for video streaming and gaming, as data speeds are slightly faster. While the 2.4GHz band should work well enough for everyday web use, a dual-band router will let you connect on both bands and achieve faster speeds overall.