We are in the technological age, whether we like it or not, and we must all adapt to it. Unfortunately, not all homes are optimized for internet use. Older designs and materials make good blocks and sound barriers, but they also stop the Wi-Fi signals. This is a problem many people deal with, but they do not have to. There are ways to fix the issue.
- Router-A router is only new for the first couple of years before they are considered to be made with old technology. This does not mean that you must buy a router every couple of years. They are still good to go if you continue to update them. When the time comes that the router can no longer take an update, you need to replace it. The estimate is 5 to 10 years. For now, though, we are wanting to upgrade the router to make sure that it is not the problem. Do some research and find one that will work for you. Just remember, the cheaper ones are not going to perform as well as the higher priced versions.
- Electronics-There are numerous electronic devices that can interfere with the Wi-Fi signals. You can pretty much bet that if a device uses frequency ranges to work that it should be placed away from the router. One main area that it needs to be kept away from is the kitchen. The microwave itself will cause issues with the signal, as will some of the other appliances. Even if this is your optimal center location, you need to move it a little more.
- Internet Service-Check your internet speed and performance. If you have constant lagging and slow speeds it is time to change service providers. Use an online platform that will compare all the broadband plans that are available for you in the area. From there you will need to go though their service performance numbers. Check around and see how dependable the company is. As we all know, what a company advertises their speeds at are the top of their curve. They may have an average speed that is slower than what you already have.
- Location-You got it. Location. Location. Location. You need to place the router in a central location if you want the best performance out of it. Placing it at the end of room next to an outdoor wall will give you great Wi-Fi, in that one room. Move it around a little and see how things turn out. If the first suggestions do not work, it is time to move on to the next one.
- Networking-This is one of the easiest ways to boost your Wi-Fi throughout the house, especially if you have several levels. There are a couple of ways that this can be done. One is to wire a system in that uses cords that you will run throughout your house. It is ideal if you can run the wires throughout the walls, such as when you are remodeling or building. The other way is to buy the units that plug in to your wall in various locations. Each one will boost the Wi-Fi in a series. If you lose service in one area of the house all you must do is trace the problem to the closest device and see what the problem is.
That is all there is to it. It may seem like a complicated process, and if you are not tech savvy it may be. The plug and go versions are the overall best bet for you to boost your service, but they are expensive when you consider the options. As with any other problem in life, when trying to locate an issue, start with the easiest fix first and go from there.