22 Apr The best ways to boost your WIFI signal
The demands on our home WIFI have multiplied. We need a strong signal for our work and our downtime—and there’s no space for Netflix buffering. We’ve done the research for you; here’s how you can boost your WIFI signal without spending a pretty penny.
Five easy ways to boost your WIFI
1. Check the placement of your router
Okay, this suggestion is pretty much ‘turn it on and off again’, but really the location of your router matters. Check the strength of your signal using a free site like SpeedCheck or an app like Google Home and run a mesh test. This will let you know if your router is correctly placed in your home to service the areas where you need the strongest signal.
Solid obstructions, radio waves (from microwaves or baby monitors) and sheer distance can all affect WIFI strength. If this is the case, move your router, restart the network and rinse, repeat.
2. Update your firmware
Sometimes, the way to boost your WIFI signal is as simple as clicking upgrade on your firmware. This is a pretty complex process, so we’ve left the details to the pros here.
3. Check your QoS
These days routers are inbuilt with Quality of Service (Qos) tools. These tools put limits on how much bandwidth certain programs can use as well as setting a list for priority use. You might find Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems—such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts or Skype—may be set as a higher priority than downloads, for example.
Some routers allow you to customise multimedia priorities through Advanced Settings. When you open your Settings, your computer will automatically populate the fields with the most used applications. The questions that follow are personal: should you prioritise calls over downloads or gaming over uploads? And so on. Although we’re not sure all members of the household will agree on what constitutes the highest priority…
4. Use a range extender
If range is the culprit for your poor WIFI, one fix could be the use of a range extender. These look similar to routers, however, operate differently: picking up the existing WIFI and rebroadcasting it. Prices ranges from the low end to mid-tier.
5. Check with your internet provider
This is a situation where “it’s not me, it’s you” could be appropriate. Local internet congestion during peak hours, anomalies on the network (I’m sure we’ve all heard when Telstra is down) or surges from power sources (think, eclectic railroads or powerlines) could affect the internet in your area.
Give your provider a call to see if there is a known network issue. If poor service continues, it might be time to upgrade plans or change providers.
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