Improve Your Wireless Connection
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Robbi, Eng, Lynn
Slow Connection? Tired of struggling to find areas in your house that have the fastest internet reception? This is a real problem associated with wireless connection, as it can affect the performances of users.
Don't get me wrong, wireless internet is amazing, especially when it is fast, has a wide coverage, and is stable. Conversely, however, it can really be very frustrating to work with a slow wireless connection. When the speed is slow or the signal is intermittent, it can result in dismal performance.
In this day and age, wireless technology is highly preferred for the convenience it offers, which is getting rid of cumbersome cables. With fast connectivity, it is awesome. Slow connectivity is a common problem that most Internet Service Providers (ISP) try to address with innovations, but while in the middle of "slow connection" problem, know that that there are ways to improve your wireless connection. Thankfully, there are several easy and mostly free tricks to get your wireless connection working like a winner. You need not be tech savvy to understand these simple steps.
Speed or Space
When we talk about how to improve your wireless connection, there are usually two types of enhancements people seek - the distance of the router or the maximum speed output.
- 1It's awesome to have a powerful internet connection, but the catch is, can you only use it next to your router?If not, then the speed isn't much worth it.Advertisement
- 2This problem coincides with the signal's range.If you have trouble loading your web pages even if you are close to the router, then the problem is with the internet speed.Advertisement
Generally both are categorized as problems, which are under performance issues.
Assessing the Performance of the Router
There are lots of factors which can affect the performance of your router. Here are some:
- 1Location is critical.Reasons such as this are why a wireless router should be located in the center of your house. Optimize the performance of your wireless router. Place it as high as possible and away from possible interference. Also wireless router signals from neighboring sources can interfere with the signal. It is best to use an exclusive wireless channel to reduce the signal traffic.Advertisement
- 2Which antenna is right?This means that the signal output by your internet router is sent across all directions, which is helpful if you want your WiFi to reach all the rooms of your house. The downside is that it has a short range. If you opt to buy and change the antenna to a directional antenna, then you can improve the signal and aim it where it's needed. Antennas such as this are called "high-gain".
- 4It pays to DIY.There are lots of guides or ready-to-be-built reflectors on the internet. Homemade reflectors are usually made from materials such as foil and cardboard. One of the most common designs is of the parabolic satellite shape. These homemade antennas will increase your range and speed, but this usually varies from the quality of the reflector.
- 6Don't let others "steal" your signal.Change your router security from WEP to WPA/WPA2. This will keep unwanted people from using your wireless signal and further reducing your internet bandwidth. If you are running in on WEP, it is recommended to change into WPA/WPA2 for a more secured network.
- 7Keep your network details under wraps.Opting to hide your network's name will help you from people asking your network password or potentially hacking your network, which can slow down your internet speed. It is possible to hide your network name. Go to the access point's admin page and un-check the check-box next to "Enable SSID Broadcast". This will hide your network, but of course you can still access it privately.
- 9Change your channel.When you notice your wireless connection speed becoming slow, the signal strength getting weak, and the wireless connection dropping, these are can be signs that the wireless channel used by your router or access point(AP) is being blocked because of congestion or interferences by other devices. Some of these can be a 2.4 GHz phone, a microwave or a wireless network in your next-door neighbor. Try changing your channel. Pick one that has less interference in your area, and then configure your AP or router.
- 11Let go of your old wireless protocols.Your high-performing new router cannot work as efficiently or as quickly when you connect it to an older protocol. This will make the entire network to slow down. If you have a high-performing router, get it set to broadcast only with newer wireless modes. It is also ideal to upgrade their wireless cards, to hard-wire them rather than connect wirelessly to the router, and to use a mixed operation mode or a dual band router. Using dual band routers is like having two routers that can facilitate broadcasting in two separate wireless networks concurrently.Advertisement
Most of the time, wireless connection is slow not because of the router itself, but because of its settings. Read the instruction manual and explore the setting tab. There are lots of ways to perk your signal. Buying additional products that can improve your wireless connection is possible. But you can achieve the same by effectively using the resources at hand if you know how.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Networking
Recent edits by: Eng, Robbi, Nerissa Avisado