Indeed sometimes you feel that your home Internet connection is not going as fast as it should. Certainly, you think that the speed had reduced compared to the first days when your technician came to install your Internet. And in these cases, we do not know what to do, and we hope the problem is solved by magic.
As you know (we already told you about it in our post on Fiber Optic ), thanks to fiber optics, the megabytes you have contracted arrive at your home. However, you can make small changes that will help improve your Internet connection.
And you don’t have to be a technician or know anything about telecommunications. If you want data, studies tell us that a user can lose 65% of the speed for reasons that have nothing to do with the contracted operator but with details in your own home.
Here are some tips to increase WiFi coverage, speed, signal, and stability without spending any money.
Check If What You Think is True
Yes, it is obvious, but it is better to check it to take appropriate measures. You have some interesting free tools on the Net that allow you to know your speed and the data related to the upload and download of data. We leave them to you:
However, think about what speed you have hired. We have plans tailored to the needs of our customers for a reason. That is, do not be guided only by the price.
A home with only one person who consults the Internet from time to time on their computer is not the same as a family of five members in which everyone connects simultaneously through different devices (tablet, mobile, console, computer, etc. ). Remember to hire the pack that your house needs according to your needs.
The Router is the Nerve Center of your Signal
Yes, we can say that it is the essential element for our Internet connection. And since it is not a very aesthetic gadget, we usually hide it in the least visible corners—a lousy option. The main reason our WiFi signal reaches us poorly is typically the router’s location. Here are some tips on this aspect:
The most advisable thing is to place it in the center of the house so that the signal arrives adequately and equitably. It is also an excellent option to hang it on the wall or place it in a high place.
Any obstacle impedes the correct transmission of the signal.
Some electrical appliances (emitting waves) can cause interference and make the network unstable. Then keep it away from microwaves, cordless phones, areas with many cables or halogen bulbs, etc.
The antennas must be placed correctly, and it is not recommended to put both up (although it is more aesthetic). Better one horizontally and one vertically (with an angle of 90 degrees).
The coverage on our devices will improve, and they will not suffer when they move away from the router.
Restart the router from time to time. Yes, it seems like a childish solution, but it usually has immediate effects.
Update Devices and Don’t Saturate the Network
On many occasions, our WiFi speed has nothing to do with our router but the device that receives the signal. If, for example, we have an old and outdated smartphone, the phone will not take advantage of all the signal that reaches it, no matter how powerful it is.
If you are not using network-consuming devices, please turn them off.
Perhaps someone is taking something that is not yours.
It is not very common anymore, but who knows if one of your neighbors is more intelligent than you thought.
To check that they are not “stealing” your signal, you can open the browser, enter 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) and see the list of devices connected to your network. If you see one that is not yours, you know.
It Takes care to set up your router with passwords that are hard to hack, but if you change it to something simpler (easy to remember), you can have uninvited guests taking up your bandwidth.
With these tips, you will surely be able to improve the quality of your signal without having technical knowledge or spending money. Another thing is that you want to go one step further and venture to manage and configure your connection internally, or you want to invest a few euros in expanding your signal. In this case, you also have options that will improve the quality of your Wi-Fi… Pay attention:
You can buy a repeater to amplify the signal (or a second router)—an attractive option for homes with many obstacles.
Get a directional antenna, which allows you to direct the signal where you are interested.
Change the router’s channel to prevent it from overlapping with other signals. Typically, the router is configured to choose the least crowded channel, but if you don’t trust the automatic mode, you can do it yourself.
Connect via cable.
Update the firmware of the router. Some routers do this automatically, but others require you to do it yourself.
Please all this you can do if you have some technical knowledge. In any case, make a backup copy of the factory settings just in case. Don’t touch anything you don’t know about, or you can mess up your entire network, and the problem will be more serious.
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