Is your home internet slow?
If so, then it might be time to take a look at these home internet speed tips!
We’ve compiled this list of thirteen things you can do to improve the speed of your Home WiFi network without having to call an expensive technician.
If you follow these thirteen tips, then you’ll be able to squeeze a few more megabytes per second, which will make your network faster overall.
1) Change your security settings to prevent bandwidth thieves from draining your data.
If you haven’t changed your security settings to the highest encryption available, then you might as well have a neon sign saying “Leechers welcome!” posted on your network.
To prevent data from being stolen by bandwidth thieves, make sure that you change your router’s WiFi settings to use WPA2 Personal with AES encryption.
This will make your internet connection rock solid.
2) Only allow specific devices to connect to your WiFi network.
By limiting the number of devices that can access your internet connection, you ensure that your network will run smoothly with minimal lag and interruption from bandwidth thieves or just many users clogging up the network at once.
To restrict access to your WiFi network, you can log in to the router settings through your web browser to enable access for specific devices or set up a network of profiles.
3) Look into getting a new router with better WiFi performance.
Getting a new router can help you improve your home internet speed if your router is slow, outdated, overloaded, or just doesn’t have the right kind of antennas to broadcast across long distances.
If you notice that your network is constantly running slowly, it may be time to invest in a new router.
4) Add a dual-band router for increased speed and optimal connectivity.
A dual-band router will increase the speed and range of your WiFi network by splitting up bandwidth between two different radio wavebands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The 2.4GHz signal is very crowded with other household devices like smart appliances, smart TVs, and baby monitors, which is why it’s always recommended that you use the 5GHz signal when available.
For example, suppose your 2.4GHz band – the conventional WiFi band – can only transmit data at 500Mbps, and you have 12 devices connected to it in your home. In that case, they each operate at a speed of around 42Mbps (in general, there’s obviously a lot of things working here).
5) Upgrade your computer to the most recent hardware and software releases.
Upgrading to the latest operating system on your computer can help your home internet speed by incorporating new features or better performance optimizations, so make sure that you keep all of your software updated.
Similarly, upgrading to the latest hardware available on new computers can increase speeds even further by running faster internal components that are better equipped for multi-tasking and power-intensive applications.
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6) Place your router in an ideal spot for maximum efficiency.
Your router only has a limited range, so it makes sense that the best spot for it is as high as possible and in a centralized location with a lot of open space around.
The most important thing to remember with this tip is to make sure that no physical obstructions – like walls – block the way between your router and the computer you want to connect to it.
Best places to put your internet router:
- On a fireplace in a living room or family room
- On a small coffee table placed in a strategic location such as the middle of a hall or living area
- On a shelf or in a cabinet, particularly as high as possible
- On top of a tall filing cabinet or bookcase in an office space
- In the center of your home, where there is the most open space
- Near the ceiling or on an elevated surface for optimal signal quality
Worst places to put your internet router:
- Under the kitchen counter
- In an enclosed cabinet or shelf where there are lots of physical obstructions like walls blocking the way
- Behind a couch or furniture that is blocking the line of sight between your device and router
- Near a microwave oven, which emits interferences
- Near any other major appliances like the washer and dryer or power supply
- In a closet, particularly if it’s filled with clothes that will absorb the signal
- On the floor or in a drawer where there are lots of physical obstructions blocking way its signal
7) Choose a new WiFi channel
Try changing your router’s frequency to a 5 GHz channel instead of a typical 2.4 GHz WiFi channel to boost your internet speeds. This should result in greater bandwidth and less interference.
Although both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies provide more internet transmission channels: 2.4 GHz only has 14 overlapping channels, whereas 5 GHz offers 23 non-overlapping ones.
Channel overlap might cause data packets traveling back and forth on adjacent channels to clash with one another, clogging bandwidth and slowing down your connection.
Many routers are restricted to the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Choose either channel 1, 6, or 11 if your router is limited to the 2.4 GHz band. These channels have the least interference from other frequencies because they are used by fewer people and can be kept free of overlap by limiting usage to only channels 1, 6, and 11.
8) Reset your router to factory settings
It’s possible that one or more of your networked devices are on the fritz and bogging down your home internet speed.
You’ll need to reset your router to factory settings using a specific combination of buttons or by utilizing its web interface to fix this issue.
If you need help with properly resetting your router to factory settings, consider referring to your router’s manual.
9) Angle one WiFi antenna up and one to the side
WiFi signals are directional, so they spread out perpendicular to your router. According to Verizon, WiFi signals weaken when traveling at an angle through walls. Some WiFi routers do not include antennas, such as all-in-one modems and router gateways. If your internet router has antennas, you can position them at a better angle for your area of the home.
To improve your WiFi signal, turn one antenna vertical so that WiFi signals are transmitted straight side to side through walls. Turn the other antenna horizontal so that WiFi signals travel straight upward and downward through the ceiling to other floors.
10) Shut down wireless network-enabled devices when they are not in use.
This tip may seem like one of the easiest ones to follow, but it’s also one of the most overlooked.
The more devices on your wireless network, the slower your home internet speed will be.
Shut down these devices (or disconnect them from the wireless network) when they are not in use to prevent them from hogging up all of your internet bandwidth.
11) Configure or purchase a WiFi repeater.
Adding a WiFi repeater to your network may be all that is required to improve internet speeds in specific sections of your home. A repeater extends the reach of your WiFi signal while maintaining the same SSID and password settings.
Essentially, the repeater contains a wireless router that picks up your current WiFi signal. Then, the device amplifies the signal and redistributes it to extend the range of your existing WiFi.
A repeater may also be constructed from an extra router. You may utilize a second router to extend your wireless signal by connecting it to your primary router via its LAN ports and configuring the settings.
Some new routers come with “access point” mode enabled by default, eliminating the need for you to mess with the device’s configurations.
12) Add an internet extender.
A WiFi extender is a device that works in the same way as a WiFi repeater to extend your internet connection to other areas. The appeal of extenders is that they are less likely to restrict your bandwidth than WiFi repeaters, and they provide strong internet connections for connected devices.
13) Take a speed test to determine what you’re getting
Home WiFi networks are necessary to stay connected, and they can be frustrating if they’re slow or not working.
A simple speed test can help you determine whether your home internet speed is as fast and reliable as it could be. It’s essential to perform a quick speed test regularly to know if any of these tips will work for you – or if they need to be tweaked.
The good news is that you can take a speed test right here on the Link Up Livingston Website.
- Simply visit our online speed test.
- Complete the fields in the form (so that we can use your location to identify weaknesses in Livingston Parish), and then press “Submit.”
- Once the test is completed, you will be presented with a results page that shows your download speed. Your upload speed will appear in another box on this same page.
- Make tweaks on your home internet network using the tips above, and then rerun the test to see if your speed has increased.
These thirteen easy tips can help you increase the speed of your home WiFi network, providing more reliable internet access for all users in your household.
Have these tips helped you?
If so, please feel free to share your experience in our comments section below.