Wireless routers make it very easy to share your high speed Internet connection with guests and family members. They also make it easy to use your laptop or mobile devices in any room in the house without running cables all over the place.
But if you live in a large house and/or have multiple devices all using the Internet at the same time, chances are your Wi-Fi connection is weaker and slower than it could be due to obstructions, distance and bandwidth limitations.
The good news is you don’t have to live with a slow or range-limited wireless network. There are several things you can do to extend the range of your wireless router’s Wi-Fi signal, boost your connection speed and make your Wi-Fi network more secure:
1 – If you have a large house, try moving the router to a room that’s located more or less in the center of it. If for some reason you are unable to move the router closer to the center of your home, adding a Wi-Fi range extender or second router could help extend both wireless and wired connections to the far reaches of your home.
Note: If you decide to add a second router, most any inexpensive wireless router will do the trick as long as it supports the latest encryption standards.
If one or more of your devices is a desktop PC that doesn’t have built-in wireless capability, you can always add it by purchasing a USB Wi-Fi adapter. The nominal expense will be well worth it after you blanket your the entire house with a strong Wi-Fi signal.
2 – Once you have selected the best room to house your router, place it on a high shelf to prevent furniture and other household items from blocking the Wi-Fi signal.
3 – If your router is located in close proximity to one or more computers (including laptops), connect them to the router via a LAN cable. This will free up the available Wi-Fi bandwidth for use by those devices that MUST connect wirelessly.
4 – Try changing the router’s channel to one that is less congested (the procedure for doing this varies by manufacturer and model so you’ll need to consult your manual for instructions).
5 – Make sure your router has the latest firmware update installed (again, consult the manual for instructions – and follow them to the letter).
6 – If your router is more than two years old, consider replacing it with a new one in order to take advantage of newer, faster and more secure technologies.
7 – Set up your router to use a secure, encrypted connection and add a secure, yet easy to remember password (network key) in order to keep freeloaders from piggy-backing off your Wi-Fi connection and clogging up the “data pipe”.
You don’t have to try all of the above, but the more of them that you can complete the more satisfaction you’re likely to receive from your Wi-Fi connection.
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