Get the most out of your Wi-Fi: How to improve your internet speed
Stronger, faster internet speed is on everyone’s wish list. The evolution of Wi-Fi means that internet speeds are faster than they’ve ever been before – the problem is that Wi-Fi signal depends on a variety of factors. Rather than get frustrated or pay extra when your internet speed seems to move at a snail’s pace, try these tips to boost your Wi-Fi signal.
Understand Wi-Fi standards: It should be obvious that the signal you get is only as good as the service you sign up for, so double-check your ISP before you go ahead and purchase their services. Along with this, ensure that the equipment you have is ready to take such internet speed. If you upgrade your laptop then make sure you change your router along with it, to keep them on the same level.
Remove obstructions: In theory the point of Wi-Fi is that it should be accessible anywhere within your household – even by your freeloading neighbours (for more about them, see the next point). Try to place your router in the centre of the building – if the signal still doesn’t go as far as it needs to, look into a wireless range extender, which retransmits the wireless signal in a different part of the building.
Secure your network: Nasty neighbours can slow down your internet speed if they can readily tap into your Wi-Fi. Make sure you protect your Wi-Fi with a strong password.
Check your internet speed regularly: Use testmyinternetspeed.org to keep tabs on your internet speed, as well as create a profile of the way your Wi-Fi works. If all else fails, you can show this to your ISP to prove that you have a problem with the service provided.