Annoyed by the erratic internet connection? These 8 guides may help in improving Wi-Fi Router speed.
A good router can make so much difference to the speed of the internet connection, suggested Dan Price of MUO. But before buying a new unit, try to follow the 8 guides below for improving Wi-Fi Router speed.
1. Schedule automatic Reboot
When you encounter a dead internet connection, rebooting could be all it takes to get back on track. Most routers have the option to schedule the regular reboot. Set the time of reboot during the sleeping time to ensure that rebooting happens when the internet is mostly not used.
2. Install a new antenna
3. Disable Older Wireless Protocols & optimize the Channel settings
Try disabling older wireless protocols. The 802.11ac protocol has the capability to surpass many ISPs’ service offerings. But maybe many of your devices are using the older protocols such as 802.11g. The older protocols usually slow down the entire network when connected through them. Preferably, any device that uses b or g protocols should be shifted. The protocol’s order from fastest to slowest is set as ac > n > g > b.
There are many available free tools that can scan your local airwaves for the least interference channels. They will then advise which channel to switch to.
Follow the router manual instruction to do these.
4. Update your Wi-Fi router regularly
Manufacturers constantly update their software to ensure the optimum performance of their devices. Updating software may not result in instant increase speed but a little improvement can help. If you haven’t updated for quite some time, doing so might give your device a boost.
5. Explore with Wi-Fi Router Location
The location of your router should be considered. The router unknowingly is competing with every other device in the area, moving a little sometimes makes a significant difference. Another consideration is the building material of your place. Concrete walls are notoriously difficult for a WiFi connection to get through. Explore and find the best location where to put your router.
6. Switch the Wi-Fi router to different band
A dual or tri-band router is capable of separating devices for optimum speed performance. It’s like opening an alternate route to ease up traffic. While a single-lane road can still bring you to your destination, two or three lanes would make the travel faster. For dual-band routers, it may help to assign some of the devices to the additional 5GHz band. Instead of just squeezing all devices in the main 2.4GHz band.
7. Change password
Doing all the necessary resetting will be futile if there are those nearby using your Wi-Fi. Especially if they do heavy downloading for a long time. Change and choose a strong password.
8. Install a new firmware
Most routers have ready-to-use settings for users to immediately use with ease. While this is great, it is good to be aware that there are available open-source firmware options for most routers. DD-WRT is an example of this. Although not all routers are supported, good options are abundant. They can help speed up most routers.