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Home WiFi Tips to Improve Speed

Are you facing problems with your home WiFi?

Are you considering switching to a different service provider or upgrading your plan?

Well, more often than not, in our experience, most problems with a home WiFi network arise due to the surroundings. It is usually not because of some issue with the WiFi equipment. Hence, it would be wise to run a few checks and try to find the issue before you invest in a new connection or try to upgrade your equipment.

Here are 6 easy (and, free) tips to improve your home WiFi (and, if they don’t fix the problem, you are anyway free to call up your service provider) –

  1. Find the dead zones in your house 

If you are facing problems with your WiFi, the first thing to do would be to map your WiFi with a heat mapper. You can use several free tools online to map the coverage of the WiFi in your home by creating a heat map. It will help you identify the areas that get good networks and the areas that have poor network strength. Even if you plan to buy new equipment or switch service providers, this is something you must do before it.

  1. Run a speed test (on a wired connection)

Before you decide on something, you should consider testing the internet speed and checking whether you are getting the speed that your provider promised. You can use several free tools and applications for the test. However, it can be done using a device that has a wired internet connection only. Also, remember, that the speed that our service provider offers is usually for a wired connection only and may differ for a wireless connection.

  1. Find signal barriers to your WiFi network 

You found the dead zones; well, what lies between the router and the dead zone? More often than not, there is some kind of object that is acting like a signal barrier. Try to find such signal barriers and remove them. Usually, reinforced walls and fireplaces are the biggest signal barriers in homes.

  1. Remove small barriers from around the router 

There can be several small signal barriers around the router also which can hamper the speed and strength of your WiFi connection. For example, your router might be placed behind the TV or under the table. Try placing it in a spot with little things around.

  1. Change your WiFi password 

We are still taken by surprise by the number of people that leave their WiFi connection unprotected. Always ensure your WiFi has a password and change it frequently. Your speed might easily be getting affected because of multiple people using your network (and, you might not even be aware of the same).

  1. Use the default signal bandwidth 

Lastly, check the bandwidth settings of your WiFi connection. It is always recommended to stay on the default settings if you want a seamless experience. Staying on the default setting also ensures a much more stable connection. So, if you have a 2.4 GHz band, don’t switch it to 40.