How to boost your Wi-Fi signal

Have you ever been frustrated with your internet connection? If it is often slow or unreliable, it can interfere with your work from home, online learning, or even your gaming experience.

You can be typing up a report, or chatting with friends on Skype, and suddenly the Wi-Fi cuts off. It takes forever to reconnect, and when it does you have to answer an onslaught of questions about why you were offline so long. The solution is simple: don't wait for your signal to die and follow these 5 steps for a faster Wi-Fi connection!

1. Set your router in a suitable location

man setting a router at a suitable location

Wifi signals can easily get interrupted by walls, furniture, appliance, and any large physical object. They can also get interrupted by radio waves from other devices like cordless phones, baby monitors, and more. Therefore, if your router is placed in a corner of your home you are bound to have issues with wifi at the other end of your home. The ideal place for a router is a central location in the home where there is an open space. In general, the best locations for a router are on an upper floor in an open area close to where people spend most of their time. You must avoid placing your router in an isolated location like the basement or a closet.

2. Check the frequency band

Modern routers mostly work on two radio frequency bands: 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. It is important to understand that the band that you use can impact your wifi speed and quality of connections at different distances from your router.  The 2.4GHz band is usually used for many other wireless connections. The airwaves in this frequency can be a little crowded. Ideally, a 5 GHz frequency should be connected to the devices that need high bandwidth and 2.4 GHz should be connected to devices that use low bandwidth  Here is a list of devices that you can consider connecting to the right band for a seamless wifi network experience.

Connections ideal for a 5 GHz band:

Connections ideal for a 2.4 GHz band:

3. Prioritize your connections

person using smart app on tablet

Are you running low on bandwidth? Consider prioritizing your connections! All the devices connected to your router should be essential. So you have a gaming console, TV, and phone all connected to the same router it may be time for adjustments. The first step is to figure out which devices are most important. We recommend having your work or school computer as one of those essentials so that when you need to do some research or get in touch with someone at work, you still have the ability to do so.

The next step is to change up your Wi-Fi settings on those devices that are most important. This activity can however take a while. Therefore, we recommend having a device to manage your bandwidth. A bandwidth manager can help you prioritize the connections for these devices to be able to do so without a headache.

4. Update your router's firmware

Do you remember back in the day when Windows had updates for our computers? It was a pain to go through and update every single device individually, but it was worth it. The same goes for your router! Updating your router keeps it safe and secure with the latest software fixes for known problems. Many routers have automatic firmware updates that are designed to keep your router updated, just make sure you check the date of any updates before installing.

5. Consider adding a device to extend your wifi network

If you are still having slow internet issues after performing all the steps listed above, you may need a device that can help extend your network's range. Here are a few devices that can help you do so -

Wifi boosters:  

These devices can be plugged in any where in your Router's range to give your wifi a boost for increased coverage.

Powerline extenders:

These extenders are incorporated with the latest Powerline Technology. They come with two devices(a fixed node and a portable node) - the fixed node is connected to your router through an ethernet cable and is plugged into an outlet whereas the portable node (the extender) could be plugged into any electrical socket/outlet in the same electrical circuit at any farther distance from the router.

Mesh wifi systems:

The Mesh wifi systems are perfect for larger homes. In these systems, the nodes of the router are strategically placed, thereby providing zones where each device will be able to connect with the others, to create a mesh across your whole house. The Mesh wifi systems give you one unified network over your home or business.

The utility of these devices depends on the layout of your house and your requirements. For example, if you have just one dead zone, a wifi booster might seem a good fit whereas if your home has a complicated layout, a mesh or powerline system can give you full coverage. To make an informed decision about which device to buy amongst the three, Read this article.

Conclusion

In a world where we are constantly online, wifi is not just an annoyance but also something that can be limiting. Fortunately, with these tips, you should now have no problem boosting your wifi and using the internet without interruption. And if you are looking for an easy solution, then Sif is the right for you. Sif is designed to provide a more affordable and targeted Wi-Fi solution, with the latest Powerline Technology. Whether it is a large home or a corporate office, Sif aims at extending the internet signal without requiring additional wiring. You do not need to bother about figuring out complex installation procedures. Sif is best suited for homes where you need to improve the Wi-Fi in dead zone areas or outdoor spots!

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