It’s hard to name many problems more frustrating in today’s technological age than a slow internet connection. We’ve all known the struggle of watching the buffering circle as videos try to stream, webpages try to load, and games try to play. However here at Just Telecomms, we are here to help and save your slow Wi-Fi. We’ve compiled 5 key tips for boosting your Wi-Fi signal, so read on and get speedy!
1. Need for Speed
As you’ve stumbled across this article, it is probably safe to say that your Wi-Fi speed is slower than you would like. But exactly how slow is it? Before you take any steps to improving your Wi-Fi speed, it’s important to know what speed you’re dealing with. There are many websites that allow you to test both your download and upload speeds, so trial your speeds on a couple of these websites at different times of the day to get a good average figure for the current speed of your Wi-Fi.
Once armed with this information, it is time to put it to good use. There are multiple websites that allow you to compare your average Wi-Fi speed with those of your neighbours and other people living in your postcode. If your speed is majorly slower than that of the houses around you, then it might be time to switch providers! Here at Just Telecomms, we can tell you whether your postcode qualifies for Superfast broadband and also whether you qualify for a free installation. Just give us a call on 01427 800310!
If your Wi-Fi is not secured with a password, then that means anybody could be exploiting it and potentially slowing your speeds down. Most modern routers come with password protection automatically installed but if yours didn’t or if you’ve disabled it, then it’s time to secure it! To do this, type your IP address (usually located on the side of your router) into your browser, log into your account and find the option that allows you to change your security information.
3. Move the Router
Moving your router is a super easy way of improving your Wi-Fi speed without doing anything overly technical. Many innocuous items in the house can interfere with the signal of your router such as microwaves, walls, doors and even baby monitors, so it’s an important factor to consider when you’re setting it up!
The ideal position for your router should be in the centre of the house, in an open space and up high. Do not lock your router away in a cupboard or in a small room surrounded by concrete walls.
4. Wi-Fi Extenders
If your Wi-Fi is fast in some parts of the house but weaker in others, it could be time to invest in a Wi-Fi booster. These small devices plug into the wall and provide coverage in those hard-to-reach places in your home, such as the attic or the corner of a house. Be warned, these do not improve overall speed but piggy-back off of the existing connection, however they can be a cheap method to get better coverage.
5. Powerline Adapter
A powerline adapter is an easy-to-install technology that uses your home’s power lines to carry both electrical signals and connect to your network. Usually these are used to connect to devices with ethernet ports, however there are powerline adapters that can be used to create a new Wi-Fi zone in a different room. With so many different styles of powerline adapters, it is best to research which one would be the best for your situation.
Still struggling? Then it could be time to switch!
If you find your connection is still slow, then it could be time to change to another provider who can give you a better service than your existing one! Here at Just Telecomms we provide competitive rates for new customers and can easily check whether you qualify for a free install! Click here to contact us or call 01427 800310!