10 Tips For Improved Wireless Internet
Looking for to improve your wireless internet? If you already have a wireless network set up at home, you may encounter some common issues. Most of the time, these issues are easy to fix yourself. Here are ten tips for improving your wireless internet:
- Raising the router: By putting the router in a higher place, you can increase it's range. If you have a high bookcase or cabinet, consider putting your router at the top. If your router is on the floor right now, this is almost sure to help.
- Moving the router away from other electronics: If your router is close to other electronics, this can interfere with the wireless signal. Try moving the router away from devices like your computer or televisions.
- Interference: If you are having problems with intermittent or poor connections, try turning off any wireless home phones or microwaves in your house. If the problems goes away, the issue may be with these other electronics. Cordless phones sometimes use the same frequency as wireless routers. Try changing the wireless channel on your router's set up page.
- Antenna: If you have a large house or want to use your wireless internet in your yard, consider purchasing an external antenna if the range is not far enough now. Only some routers have this option. If you can unscrew the antenna that is currently attached, then you should be able to buy a different, higher range antenna to replace it with.
- Wireless N: To increase the speed and range of your wireless internet, consider upgrading your equipment to the new wireless N standard. To do this, you will probably need to upgrade both the adapters on the computers that use the wireless internet and the router. Wireless N is a fairly new technology that allows for faster speed and range vs the more commonly used wireless g and b.
- Repeaters: To cover larger areas, you could also use Wireless repeaters. These are devices that can be set up to repeat the wireless signal further, as the name implies. They work by receiving the signal from a main router and then amplifying it again to a new area.
- Security: To keep your wireless network secure, you may need to add a passkey. Using the router's set up page, these options are normally under the wireless settings section or security. If you can, use the setting for WPA encryption. This is a more secure option than using WEP which will probably be listed also. You should write down this passkey, as you will need to enter it on computers you use to connect to the wireless internet.
- Firmware: You can check on the manufacturer's web site if there is new firmware or software that is installed on the router. This can add new features or provide better functionality if available.
- Location: If possible, position your router close to the middle of your home in addition to a high location. This helps cover all areas of your home.
- Password: Always change the default password on your router. Otherwise, people can change your settings and mess up all your hard work.