We’ve all experienced it – the dreaded dead zone in the house or a frustratingly slow connection that’s seems more like dial-up than the 5GHz your provider promised? Jump for three simple tips to improve indoor wireless speed (and reliability) at home.
Move the router: Wireless routers broadcast in every direction, so placing yours inside a heavy corner desk hutch can seriously hamper it’s effectiveness. A corner set-up – typical of a lot of home offices – is effectively blocking half the router’s range, transmitting it’s signal against or through two walls. If you face persistent dead zones in your home, consider moving your router to a more central point in the house, in a spot where it’s able to transmit freely in all directions, rather than against a corner or a wall.
Check for bandwidth bandits: Oops, did you leave BitTorrent and Netflix running while you work? Data-heavy exchanges eat up available bandwidth, leaving you wondering why your wi-fi is running frustratingly slow. Check to see what programs you might have on by default that you didn’t realize were compromising your wi-fi speed.
Free up network congestion: Change the default channel on your router. Turn devices you aren’t using (your e-reader? iPod touch?) on Airplane Mode to kick up the speed on the devices you ARE using. You should also consider using a wired ethernet connection on one or more of your home computers, leaving the wi-fi free for devices like your smartphone or iPad.
Got a dead zone in your house? What are your favorite tips for improving your wireless speed? Leave a comment below!