Internet connections have come a long way in speed, connectivity and quality since the dark ages of the dial-up modem, waaaaaay back in the early 90s. Who could ever forget the days of that horrible screeching that would send Fido into fits or those annoying, constantly dropped connections.
Worst of all, if you did get connected, there was the constant wait for, what seemed like a painful eternity for a web page to load, only to have the connection, you guessed it, dropped again midway through. Then the need to start the whole process over again. The introduction of WiFi improved all of those ancient problems we used to have with the Internet.
However, since we are never quite satisfied with the way things are, modern day wireless Internet has posed its own set of problems. Surprisingly, these new problems seem to be a slower Internet connection, dropped connectivity and range of availability (go figure aye). Won’t we ever be satisfied? Here are some helpful tips on how you can get the most out of your connection and make your wireless Internet go faster and reach farther.
Replace Your Old Router
Router performance has greatly improved over the few years. This is why a lot of the problems you experience with a poor wireless Internet connection can be solved by simply upgrading your router.
This is especially true in the case of those who use the router supplied by their Internet carrier, which aren’t always the best units available for the price. You can normally find inexpensive, decent WiFi routers. This makes replacing your old outdated router a non-issue.
Never buy a router from your internet provider, they are usually of average quality at an inflated price.
Your Frequency is Important
There are two different frequencies available on newer routers, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. To dramatically improve the reach and reliability of your network you need to figure out which frequency works best for your situation.
Generally, a lower frequency works best with powerful signals and around obstructions.However, the higher frequency has more channels if you live in a populated area, your router will need to find a channel that isn’t being used.
Find a Channel
So that it doesn’t interfere with other networks, your router will search automatically for an available channel. However, for optimal output, it may be more beneficial to program your own channels, especially if connectivity in certain areas.
Lower Your Router’s RTS Threshold
Another way to minimize interference in your network is to lower your router’s RTS (request to send) setting. The RTS setting is designed to lessen the issues that arise with several users on the same channel.
This becomes an issue in densely populated areas like apartment buildings and heavily populated neighborhoods.
It’s always a good idea to password protect your wireless network. However, for better performance, you should always set your security option to WPA2.
When you choose WPA2, your router will use an AES (advanced encryption standard) which is only available on the fastest wireless networks available.
Occasionally the reliability of your Internet has nothing to do with your connection at all. Sometimes the problem is simply the size of your home. If you have a large home and are trying to stretch your WiFi signal so it’s available throughout, however, you still wind up with areas where you receive a bad signal if you receive one at all, you may want to try a device called Powerline.
The only drawback is to using Powerline is a result of our home’s electrical wiring and what kind of shape it’s in. You may continue to experience problems with your WiFi signal if the wiring in your home is extremely old and either of poor quality or damaged with age. However, the potential improvement to your Internet reception, not to mention the level of improvement makes this suggestion worth trying.
As with anything else in life, no matter how much things improve, we can typically be expected to still not be satisfied and this goes for the Internet the same as anything else. However, if your WiFi isn’t working up to its full potential and providing you with optimum service and reliability a lot of the time the solution can be pretty simple and easy to correct.