Slow internet access is one of the most frustrating things we face, especially when it comes to WiFi connections. Watching a webpage taking ages to load when you have a deadline to beat at work or want to watch your favorite videos online, nothing dampens your mood worse than slow WiFi connections. Although your internet service provider may promise you extremely fast speed on paper, the reality is far from it.
You don’t have to fret anymore about slow WiFi connection at home or work. Check out these tips that our experts suggested on how to increaseWiFi speed:
Tip 1 – Testing Internet Speed
The first step in determining whether you can, or will be able to increaseWiFi speed is to perform a speed test. The speed test lets you know your current download and upload speeds. This works excellently as a starting point to determine how effective any of the various methods to increaseWiFi speed works for you.
You can simply Google “Internet Speed Test” and choose any of the several websites it lists. Once you click begin the website will process and display your current internet speed (uploading and downloading speed) to you.
In case you notice abnormally slow internet speed it is advisable to first check with your internet service provider for faults or disruptions in their service in your area.
Tip 2 – Heatmapping Tools help
Now that you know your current WiFi internet speed, you will need to download a heatmapping app on your smartphone. There are numerous such heatmapping tools easily available on Google Play Store and Apple Store.
Once downloaded and launched successfully you need to simply walk around your house/office to determine which areas lack speedy WiFi connectivity and which areas have the strongest WiFi connection.
This helps to determine where you need to place WiFi extenders/relays or rearrange your furniture to maintain optimal WiFi connectivity throughout the structure.
Tip 3 – Consider to Reconfigure
Reconfiguration your router turns out to be one of the easiest and most efficient ways to increaseWiFi speed. Once you have reconfigured your WiFi router, it might help to solve the slow WiFi speed issue.
If the WiFi is still weak despite the WiFi router being reconfigured then you should move on to the next step.
Tip 4 – Replace Your Router
If re-configuration of your WiFi router does not help to increaseWiFi speed, then check to see whether your router model is updated. The current global standard for WiFi routers is 802.11 ac.
If your current router has standard 802.11 b or 802.11 g, it is highly recommended to replace such routers with the latest standard. These new routers provide increased WiFi speed and improved connectivity with a longer range as well.
Tip 5 – Change the Channel
Your WiFi router is programmed to select the least crowded channel at the time of initial set-up and makes it the default channel. With time, new connections in your vicinity will make this channel crowded as well. There are other channels which have least or no traffic at all.
There are several tools, such as NirSoft ad InSSIDer, which analyze the complete WiFi spectrum and show you details of your private network. It also displays your current channel’s usage, thus helping to determine whether you should switch to a new, less crowded channel.
Tip 6 – Find Upgraded Frequency
The conventional 2.4 GHz frequency used conventionally by internet service providers has become extremely loaded now and works sluggishly. Apart from your PC/laptop and smartphone/tablets, other online devices, such as microwave ovens, baby monitors and cordless phones also are on the same frequency.
The WiFi routers with standards 802.11 ac and 802.11 n offer a choice between two bandwidths for WiFi – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. So, it gets easy to switch to the 5 GHz band for your WiFi as it is comparatively faster, with less traffic and more channels. Our experts advise to split the frequency use with such routers for your home network. You can set your smartphones and tablets on the 2.4 GHz frequency and set the other devices, such as computers, connected TVs, laptops, etc on the 5 GHz frequency.
Tip 7 – Limiting Your WiFi Frequency
If your router does not provide your dual-frequency options, then don’t worry. It helps significantly even when you limit your WiFi router’s signal frequency at 20 MHz, at periodic intervals.
This is an excellent way to offer guests’ with a WiFi connection, but with limited frequency use.
Tip 8 – Find Firmware/Adapter/Driver Update
One of the most obvious steps to try and increase your current WiFi speed is to ensure that your WiFi router’s firmware is updated with the latest version. This is especially important if you have just bought a WiFi router. A firmware update helps to noticeably improve your WiFi bandwidth, resiliency, signal and features of your router. Check the router manufacturer’s website for the latest firmware updates.
The problem of slow WiFi speed could also be caused by a loosened or malfunctioning USB /built-in WiFi adapter or driver. Check to see that the connections to the adapter or driver are secure. You can also choose to download Driver Talent, an excellent tool to help identify the problems and offers solutions for WiFi driver issues.
Tip 9 – Relocating Your Router
As simple as it may sound, relocating your WiFi router from its current position to another one can remarkably improve your WiFi speed and connectivity.
Using the heatmapping tool, you can select a new location which will be ideal for optimal WiFi connectivity within your office/home. The heatmapping tools show you all the strong and weak connection points within your building, allowing you to determine which would be the location for maximum WiFi connectivity.
Tip 10 – Clean Your Computer
One of the common reasons for slowed WiFi speed is also a cluttered and heavily loaded computer. Believe it or not, but your WiFi connectivity can get slowed down even if your PC is outdated.
One of the best ways to de-clutter your PC is to delete and remove all those files and tools/software that have not been used in the last 3 months.
Follow these tips from experts on how to increaseWiFi speed and enjoy faster and smoother Internet/WiFi connection.
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