Do you have a bad Wi-Fi signal? Does your signal keep dropping around the house? Are you getting slow speeds, spotty connections, and other Wi-Fi problems?
Today, we’re here to help. Below, you’ll find tips and tricks you can use to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi signal and improve your internet.
Change your Router’s Physical Location
The first and easiest thing to do is to change your router’s location. Sometimes, your router is in a troublesome area of your house – the signals may just be bouncing off solid walls, or getting trapped inside a room.
One of the most common router location problems we’ve seen is placing the router on a basement level or in a corner of the home.
Your best bet with a router is to place it towards the middle of your house, not blocked by any walls. Of course, if most of your electronics are in a certain corner of your home – like if you mostly sit in your living room and office watching TV and playing on your home – then you may want to place your router in that part of your home.
Sometimes, even changing your router two feet higher off the ground can make a noticeable difference.
Open the Router Management Console and Try These Tips
Your router’s management console can be found at 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Login to that console using your own username and password. Or, if you don’t think you ever setup a password, try a quick Google search for “default password [your router].”
After logging in to the router management console, try to implement these tips:
-Update Firmware: Your router’s firmware is the software that tells the hardware what to do. Many people have routers with old, outdated firmware. Router firmware updates aren’t frequent, but they can improve your security and internet speeds. Look for the “firmware” section from within your router management console.
-Change Channels: Your router has 14 different channels from which to choose. Typically, your router will be on a channel selection setting like “Auto”. That’s fine for most situations – but those who live in crowded apartment buildings or condo complexes may want to change their channel to something more customized – like channels, 1, 6, and 11, which don’t overlap.
-Reset to Factory Default Settings: Most people already run their router at the factory default settings. However, if you’ve tinkered with your router and experienced some problems, then you may want to reset it back to factory default settings to clear up problems.
-Change your Frequency: Many modern routers can switch from the 2.4GHz frequency to the 5GHz frequency. Just like changing the channel, this can help you encounter less interference. Fewer people use the 5GHz frequency. Once again, this is particularly important if you live in an apartment complex or crowded part of the city.
Buy a New Router
How old is your router? Just like all computer technology, router technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. You can only tweak an older router so much before you have to just buy a new router.
We have a mentality with routers of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. But this mentality can significantly harm your internet speeds. Consider buying a new router – you can find excellent quality ones for $75 to $200 online from Amazon.
Replace your Antenna or Add an Antenna
Many modern routers have 1 to 3 antennas added on. Some even have 6 or more. If your router doesn’t have antennas, then you should consider either buying an antenna for that router – or buying a new router with antennas.
You should also point your antenna in the direction of your signal’s weak spot. If one corner of your home is experiencing a bad signal, for example, then pointing your antenna to that area can boost your signal.
Buy a Wireless Range Extender
If you’ve tried to implement all of these tips, and nothing has worked so far, then consider setting up a wireless range extender. These are particularly useful for bigger homes – where even high-quality routers can struggle to reach all corners of the house.
Wireless range extenders are useful in more than just big houses: they can also be crucial for rooms with lots of solid material or physical structures that could block signals.
By implementing these tips, you can vastly improve your home’s internet speeds and ensure you get a strong Wi-Fi signal all throughout your house.