Wi-Fi connects you to everything on the internet — streaming, video chatting, browsing, downloading, remote work, and learning. With all this going on, you need a Wi-Fi network that is fast and has powerful coverage.
Unfortunately, sometimes your connection is slow or lagging. The following steps will help you improve your Wi-Fi speed no matter the issue.
1. Relocate Your Router
Sometimes, the fix can be as simple as moving your router to a more central location within your home. Numerous obstacles stand in the way of a good connection. Walls, floors, and furniture are common impediments that can prevent certain rooms or areas from getting fast speeds.
Moreover, other electronics like a microwave or baby monitor add electronic or frequency interference, which can keep Wi-Fi from running smoothly.
Move your Wi-Fi setup to an obstacle-free, central location in your home. The signal will then reach more areas in the house and provide faster speeds.
Many routers now use the technique of beamforming, where they transmit the signal directly towards a receiving device instead of just broadcasting the signal outwards. Moving the router helps beamforming routers reach devices even more efficiently.
2. Update the Firmware
Updating the firmware of your router or modem is another solution you can try. Some routers don’t update automatically. In fact, you may have never updated an older router. An update can change the functionality of your Wi-Fi and provide better speeds or more connectivity.
Go to the website or dashboard where you can manage your router. You should see an option to update the firmware. If not, it’s possible the router automatically updates or doesn’t have the option.
You can contact your internet service provider (ISP) to see the latest information about your Wi-Fi setup. They should be able to further assist you with your updates.
3. Switch to Another Channel
At times, Wi-Fi channels can only handle so much activity. If you’re streaming, but someone else in your house is downloading large files, your connection may slow down or drop altogether. In these instances, you can simply switch to another channel.
Most new routers come with two channels — 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Speed and coverage are the biggest differences between these two. The 2.4 GHz channel will provide more coverage over longer distances but at slower speeds. 5 GHz transmits at faster speeds but at closer ranges.
Disconnect from one network and switch to another. A less congested channel should work better.
4. Get a Wi-Fi Mesh System or Range Extender
If you need to make more drastic changes, you can look into a Wi-Fi mesh system or a range extender. These two options bring better connectivity to each part of your home.
A Wi-Fi mesh system is going to typically be more expensive than a range extender. The price difference comes from the services you get. A mesh system comes with two or more nodes. One connects to the modem, and the others go around the home to provide wide connectivity and faster speeds.
Amazon’s Eero 6 and Eero 6 Pro, Google Nest, and TP-Link have options on the market.
However, if you want something cheaper, you can use a range extender. You’ll place the singular node in one location to extend the network instead of creating stronger Wi-Fi through mesh nodes.
5. Upgrade Your Wi-Fi
As a final possible solution, you can upgrade your speed or get an entirely new router. In this case, you’ll first want to know how fast your Wi-Fi currently is. You can use a speed test site to find your download and upload speeds.
You’ll usually want a download speed of 12 Mbps at least. Any lower, and you’ll start to see lag. You should bump up that number if you have a lot of devices or consistent usage of the internet in your home. For upload speeds, you can aim for 3 Mbps for fast speeds. Overall, 25 Mbps can provide ideal Wi-Fi speeds, but again, you’ll need more for more devices.
Once you know the speeds you currently have, you can upgrade. If you’re at 25 Mbps, you may want 50 Mbps or even 100 Mbps to get ideal, high-speed streaming and online gaming. Contact your ISP for deals, upgrades, or packages for less-expensive Wi-Fi speed or router changes.
Fast and Connected
With these solutions, you’ll improve your Wi-Fi connection in several ways. The right updates, placement, extenders, and basic operations will make all the difference. Then, you can get to streaming, working, and learning without interruption.