We use WiFi in almost everything we do nowadays. This includes tasks for work or leisure. Now with the Internet of Things becoming more popular, the need for WiFi is becoming more and more necessary.
Here are some ways you can improve your WiFi connection:
Change the positioning of your router’s antennas: According to Alf Watt, a former Apple WiFi engineer, in order for external antennas to work efficiently, have one pointing straight up and the other flat out. This ensures that wireless reception is maximized. The radio reception is maximized when the access and client points have matched polarization. This means the antennas are pointing along the same plane.
If your router has an internal antenna, you should position them in their natural position. In other words, do not change the positioning of them. If the router has feet, use them as feet, as opposed to laying it on its side. If your router only has one antenna, try positioning the antenna or the entire router vertically or horizontally to see which works best.
Make sure you set up wireless security: This may sound obvious, but many networks do not have passwords. This lets others around you use your WiFi free of charge and also really slows down your own network. There are countless people who use other people’s unsecured WiFi connections to download videos. You could be victim to this.
Setting up a password is very easy. All you need to do is go to your router’s admin page by going through the router’s IP address. The login credentials are usually on the bottom of the router. Make sure to use a WPA2 encryption method and create your password.
Change the channel you are using: Sometimes using the default WiFi channel could be your problem. Depending on how crowded the area you live in is, changing the channel can do wonders for your connection. It cuts down on interference and speeds up your connection. For the 2.4GHz spectrum, try switching between channels 1, 6, and 11, as those are the only available channels for this spectrum. If you have switched to 5GHz, you can chose from many more channels. There are apps like WiFi Analyzer or WifiInfoView to check wireless signals. For Macs, all you need to do is Option click the WiFi icon on the menu bar and click Open Wireless Diagnostics to get more WiFi options.
Switch to 5GHz: This is a continuation of the previous point. If you are using a 5GHz connection, your connection can be significantly improved. Many routers have the option for 5GHz, but many people do not know of this option. There is a dropdown box to click on moving from 2.4GHz to 5GHz. Since WiFi is such an important part of our lives, we should be doing our best to have the best connection. Hopefully these suggestions help improve your connection.