Are you struggling to get the most out of your home Wi-Fi connection? If so, you’re not alone. Many households experience slow speeds and poor reception due to outdated equipment or incorrect setup. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that can help maximize your Wi-Fi performance and keep it running smoothly for years to come. In this blog post, we’ll look at eight tips on how to get the most out of your home Wi-Fi connection so that you can enjoy fast, reliable internet access no matter where in your house
Invest in a quality router
Investing in a quality router with the most up-to-date technology can make a huge difference in your Wi-Fi performance. Look for one with MU-MIMO technology and beamforming capabilities for better range, as well as one that supports the latest Wi-Fi standards (like 802.11ac). These routers are typically more expensive than basic models, but they can provide faster speeds and better coverage throughout your home. For just $12.95/mo Intellipop provides a managed Wi-Fi service with the latest Wi-Fi technology, app access and parental controls.
Update your router’s firmware regularly
Keeping your router’s firmware up to date is essential if you want to get the best possible performance out of it. Check the manufacturer’s website periodically to make sure you’re running the most current version of the firmware so that you can take advantage of any new features or bug fixes that it offers.
Monitor your bandwidth usage
Keep an eye on how much bandwidth different devices are using, especially when multiple people are streaming or downloading content at once. This will help you identify any potential bottlenecks so that you can make necessary adjustments to keep your connection running smoothly.
Move closer to your router
The further away from the router you are, the weaker your signal will be which will result in a slower connection. If possible, try to move closer to it so that you’re within its optimal range for better reception and fewer interruptions in service. Think of your router like it was a speaker – the closer you are and the fewer things between you and the router, the more clear the music will sound.
Minimize interference from other devices
Wireless signals can easily be blocked by certain electronic devices like microwaves, cordless phones and baby monitors, so try to keep them away from your router if possible. If those devices are causing too much interference then move them farther away from it or turn them off when not in use for improved performance.
Change wireless channels for less interference
There may be times when your Wi-Fi network is slow due to too much interference from other networks on the same channel as yours (especially if lots of people in nearby homes also have routers). When you reboot your router, it will automatically scan your local area for noise and select the channel with the least amount of interference. You can manually set a channel as well – we recommend an app called “WiFi Analyzer” (android only unfortunately) to scan your local area for interference to see which channel might work best for your scenario.
Set up parental controls
Setting up parental controls will let you limit access to certain websites or applications based on age and time of day which helps protect younger users online while ensuring everyone gets an equal share of internet speed during peak hours in the house. Intellipop’s managed Wi-Fi service comes with an app you can use to do this from your phone.
Use a wired connection for important devices
If there’s an important task requiring strong connectivity such as working from home, streaming video content or transferring large files – consider using a direct wired connection instead of relying exclusively on Wi-Fi. A direct Ethernet connection will provide faster speeds and more stability than Wi-Fi connections.
If you are experiencing any issues with your home Wi-Fi or would like to learn more about how Intellipop’s Managed Wi-Fi services can get you a stronger connection at home, call or text us any time at 801-851-1770.