It’s easier than you think to get the best out of your WiFi router! WiFi is a permanent feature of our daily lives. Good WiFi is heaven, bad WiFi is a slow and painful death! It’s easy to ignore your WiFi setup once you’ve installed it, but just as easy to get into a panic when something goes wrong!
Use these 5 easy steps below to keep your WiFi router running in tip-top shape!
1. Restart your WiFi Router!
A simple restart is often enough to give your WiFi router a boost in speed. This will give time for firmware updates to load, and processes to start up from scratch. WiFi routers are similar to our cellphones and computers in that they run on firmware. Errors can creep in as information jams it up and slows the router down.
2. Check your WiFi Signal Strength.
Find out where the WiFi in your home is the strongest and weakest. I’ve found the Netgear WiFi Analytics App to be very good for this! (Play Store) (iTunes Store). Simply install the App on your smart phone and you’ll be able to get a real-time analysis of your WiFi signal. You may need to adjust your WiFi router’s antennas to ensure that you get the best signal quality where you are going to be using the WiFi. Elevating your WiFi Router, or mounting it high on a wall can do wonders to improve the signal quality!
3. Check for interference.
WiFi Routers, just like other electronic devices, can lose effectiveness if there is electronic interference close to it. Cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves and other appliances can all noticeably affect your WiFi network speeds. Moving your WiFi router away from these electronic devices will go a long to boosting your WiFi speeds.
4. Update your Router’s Firmware!
Firmware needs to be updated from time to time. This is another feature that WiFi routers share with our smartphones. It’s not uncommon for WiFi routers to ship with outdated firmware that is filled with bugs or issues that can affect performance. Most WiFi routers can be updated from the device itself. Others may need to have the firmware updates manually loaded. Check your WiFi router’s manual for the specifics! Updating the firmware won’t take long and it can improve the performance noticeably.
5. Upgrade your WiFi Router.
I’m not a fan of upgrading my beloved pieces of tech, but WiFi routers, just like our smartphones and computers can become old and outdated. As newer iterations of WiFi are released faster speeds and more reliable connectivity become possible. It may be worthwhile to finally upgrade your WiFi router. Not all WiFi routers are created equal though, and when looking at new routers it’s important to make sure that you keep a few things in mind. Check for WiFi Routers that use the 802.11n standard at the very least. 802.11n reaches speeds of up to 600Mbps and has a significantly better signal strength and quality over older WiFi versions. The 802.11ac standard is starting to become widely available now as well and is even faster reaching more than 1Gbps! Another feature to keep an eye out for on your new WiFi Router, is the number of antenna it has, the greater the number of antenna the better.
Did my 5 tricks work for you? Do you have your own tips or tricks to get the most out of your WiFi router? Let me know in the comments below!