Find a Strong Internet Signal

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In this day and age, the sophisticated Urbanite, the techie suburban dweller, and the device-learning rural cowboy, are all at one time or another, in need of a strong internet signal. Their cyber needs could range from the online payment of bills to the tracking of the whereabouts of their shipped cargo to the updating of weather conditions.

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Here are some tips to maximize and benefit from a strong internet connection.

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    Paid WiFi service.
    Usually the strongest internet connections are those that need to be paid for. Let's say, you are in a WiFi hotspot (hotel, cafe, airport, hospital, etc.) and you are looking for a signal. The first thing you might do with your gadget is to open a website with your browser of choice. Instead of getting the website, you are directed to the establishment's landing page which requires you to agree to its terms and conditions by pressing on a cyber button. Then you are informed that this pay-per-use service can be paid through the use of credit card or cash, and then automatically you can get an internet connection. At other times, after you pay by any means, the hotspot provider provides you with the access code, which you yourself have to input.
    A # Expensive place, usually equals strong internet signal. Additionally, the strongest internet signals are in the business centers that are the costliest and the most upscale. In these places, the access codes should be variable or should be changed daily so that the WiFi users will be forced or, to term it more businesslike, encouraged to purchase the WiFi service in order to receive an access code.
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    Get free WiFi after purchase of a product or service.
    In some establishments, you have to purchase a product or service before a clerk or cashier gives you an access code.
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    Test signal before buying anything or pay the minimum order.
    If you have to buy something in order to acquire an access code, try to only pay the minimum first (maybe just buy a drink) so that in case the internet connection is frustratingly weak, it has only cost you a little. Better still, if they allow you to try out the internet connection before paying for anything, do that.
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    Home and office internet signal problems.
    These nuggets of techie wisdom might help:  
    1. Check the router and its administration website.
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      At your home or office, if you have a strong wireless signal but still are feeling frustrated, and sometimes angry, or start to wonder if your neighbor is hacking your service, you will need to go to the wireless router's administration page. The router's manual shall be able to provide you with the http site. Or you can look at the router itself and see for yourself its status indicator lights. Usually, there should be a blinking light for the internet connection. But some routers have a steady light to indicate that your internet connection is okay. The manual can familiarize you with this.
    2. As for a home set-up for establishing a wireless local area network (WLAN), the basic principle is that the nearer your gadget is to your router, the better the signal that you will have. Well, not all setups are ideal. To give you some technical terms, you should be familiar with IEEE 802.11. Pretty heavy stuff, huh? It is a set of medium access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) specifications for implementing WLAN computer communication in the 2.4, 3.6, 5 and 60 GHz frequency bands. Now, I am giving you a headache. The base version of the standard of 802.11 was released in 1997 and it had several amendments since then, improving on the indoor and outdoor range of the router for every amendment:(source:Wikipedia)  
      1. 802.11 released June 1997 max indoor range 20 meters max outdoor range 100 meters
      2. 802.11a released Sept 1999 max indoor range 35 meters max outdoor range 120 meters
      3. 802.11b released Sept 1999 max indoor range 35 meters max outdoor range 140 meters
      4. 802.11g released June 2003 max indoor range 38 meters max outdoor range 140 meters
      5. 802.11n released Oct 2009 max indoor range 70 meters max outdoor range 250 meters
    3. WEP/WPA Code. At this point, if your WiFi is still down, input again your WEP/WPA code and see if the WiFi is then up and running. Even if your gadget shows that you have a strong wireless signal, but you inputted the wrong code/key, the router will still be adamant in refusing to link up with your gadget. If you still have no internet service, click Disconnect and try Connecting again. Again, correct code/key, very important.
    4. MAC Address Filtering. Check if the router has MAC address filtering settings. MAC stands for Media Access Control Numbers, which identifies only specific and unique devices to authenticate with the router/access point. ("Hi,, this is the latest Galaxy/iPhone/Mac/Tablet. What is your problem?") No matter how advanced your gadget is, if it is not affiliated with the MAC, it will not connect.
    5. ISP to DNS. If your internal signal problem is still persistent, you still have one more option. You can change from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to a dedicated DNS (Domain Name Server) service -- such as OpenDNS -- which can add more connection reliability and speed up your internet connection. You can enter the DNS addresses manually into your router's configuration pages.
    6. Think about this. Generally speaking, fiber optic and cable internet are faster than DSL and dial-up.
    7. Basic maintenance on your Laptop or PC can help.  
      1. Things like disk defragmentation, a virus scan, a malware scan, and clearing your recycle bin will help speed everything up.
      2. Sometimes the causes of slow internet connection are viruses and other malware, old files and temporary files.
      3. Never allow the free space of your drive C to be less than 10 percent of the total size of the RAM.
    8. Restarting the router or electric power on and off can also do speed up your connection.
    9. Also, make sure (if you have several gadgets/computers in use) that all the devices are physically connected to a router, which is capable of prioritizing and directing traffic effectively, and not just to a hub, which is an unsophisticated device not capable of examining or managing any of the traffic that enters through it.
    10. Also, maximize the efficiency of your computer's cache or temporary internet files. An efficient cache will not download the same files over and over again. This slows down your device's ability to capture the best internet signal.
    11. Also, if you are using a wireless router, make sure its signal does not conflict with the signals of cordless phones or wireless security cameras. They should not all operate in the same frequency band. For example, cordless phones operating on 2.4 GHz will clash with a wireless router with the same frequency, but if the phone operates on 900 MHz, there will be peace in the frequency environment. And your internet connection will be, oh so smooth.
    12. Also, even if the internet connection is strong, if your device or computer is not up to par (or terribly outdated), no matter what you do, you will still be scratching your head. So, upgrade your computer.
    13. Also, upgrade your router. Older routers are not capable of transmitting faster than 10 Mbps. Thus, you will be missing a lot of data if you stick with your old man.
    14. Also, replace your old cable modem because any high-grade electronics equipment will still deteriorate over time due to accumulated heat damage. Your broadband modem will have a difficult time maintaining a strong connection as it gets older (signal to noise ratios will go down and the number of resend requests will go up). Buy a cable modem of your choice instead of the modem supplied by your internet service provider (usually lower quality).
    15. Often, connection speed is slow because other programs are using the connection. Programs like anti-virus, software updates, etc., might be accessing the internet (without your knowledge) and slowing down your connection. Open the task manager and close the processes that are stealing your valuable bandwidth.
    16. Also, see if somebody or a group of people is also using your WiFi signal. This will definitely slow your connection. One safeguard is to make sure your WiFi system has a secure password which should not be divulged easily to anyone.
    17. If nothing else works, contact your Internet service provider (ISP). The problem might be on their end.
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In trying to find a strong internet signal while in public, at home or at the office, you have many options in order to be connected. Try them one by one, and eventually, there is no reason that you will not succeed.

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What should I do if the real speed is not as they proposed?

First, remember that the advertised speed is measured in megabits per second (Mb/s), not megabytes per second (MB/s). If you purchased a 10Mb/s down connection, you will get about 1.25MB/s down. The typical rule is to divide the Mb/s speed by 8 to find your MB/s speed.

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If your speed is still slower than what you're paying for, you can restart your modem, router, and computer to see if that fixes the problem. If not, you might need to call your internet service provider's customer service center to see if there's a problem on their end.

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