The GadellNet Top 10: Wifi Speed

July 7, 2016

We all depend heavily on the internet and now that means wifi. We use it at home, we use it at work, we use it when we go get some coffee. Being connected is a big part of our success and when your internet connection is slow, it can feel like absolute torture.

Here are 10 easy ways to speed up your wifi and stay connected.

  1. Reset the router

If your internet is running abnormally slow, reset your router. Turn it off for 10 seconds or so and then plug it back in. This will reset the router and can be a quick and easy solution for getting you up and running. This should be a first step if your problems crop up out of nowhere and it is a good thing to do every once in a while.

  1. Reposition the antennas

The best wireless reception is received when your antennas are perpendicular. Check the antennas out and reposition them so you get the best signal possible.

  1. Centralized Location

Is your router in the center of the area which you want to cover? Is it away from other electronics which can interrupt the signal? Wifi routers can be a little temperamental and they need their own space. Make sure the router is away from obstructions and other technologies.

  1. Heat Mapping Software

Find out what your wireless heat map is. This shows you which areas are covered by your router and which areas are not. A simple reposition of the router might be all you need and heat mapping will tell you where to move it. Especially if you didn’t take number three into account.

  1. Router Upgrade

Technology just keeps getting better and better. If your router is 5-7 years old or older, consider getting a new router. The advances made over this time frame have led to better signal strength and speed.

  1. Use Wifi Repeaters

Sometimes, the signal just doesn’t stretch as far as you need it to no matter what you do to the antennas or the location of the router. Wifi repeaters can help that signal carry all the way through your building. Even old routers can be turned into wifi repeaters.

  1. Switch Channels

If you’re using a shared office space, or a building with more than one renter, chances are you are also sharing your wifi channel. Switch to a channel with fewer users and you could speed up your wifi rather easily. Just check out the available channels and see which one works the best for you.

  1. Update your security

If your encryption or security measures are outdated, your wifi might not support them and that can slow you down. The faster the network the better the wifi.

  1. Disable public access

If your neighbors can borrow your wifi, they might be overusing it with too many users, video streaming, and other speed killers. Make sure if someone wants to use your wifi, they have to login.

  1. Use Quality of Service Settings

Your router should allow you to prioritize certain settings. You can deprioritize games or videos to make sure the wifi is not being used up by unessential functions.

 

Remember, having speedy wifi helps your team stay productive. If you are having persistent issues, try these tips. If none of these work, contact your service provider. They will be able to run a diagnostic test and get your back up to running at full capacity.