Dead spots, slow or limited connectivity is extremely frustrating when dealing with Wi-Fi! But what can you do to eliminate these issues?
There are several things you can try that may increase you coverage and speed. However, it may simply be a case of upgrading your existing router to a new model with the latest technology.
First check the model and serial number of your router. If it isn’t at least a 802.11n, you should probably skip all of the following steps and upgrade. If it is at least an 802.11n, then peruse the list of possible fixes below. To clarify model numbers and capabilities – 802.11b and 802.11g are earlier models and should probably be replaced for maximum speed and coverage.
1: Find the model and serial number (you will need this for the first two fixes). Look up how to change the channel the router is currently using and switch to a different channel. If you have neighbors that are all on the same channel it can seriously hamper your router speed.
2: Go to the router manufacturers website and update the firmware to the most current version. Many times this simple process will greatly increase your routers efficiency.
3: Try moving the router to a more central location. Or anywhere that improves the speed and range. Buy an extension cable that will reach several different spots. Don’t hard wire until you find the sweet spot!
4: Buy a range extender and plug it in halfway between your router and other coverage areas. These extenders can be accessed and programmed through a laptop using your router login information.
If you decide to upgrade your router, go with the most current technology. As of today, that translates to a 802.11ac router. This new model is much better at data traffic management to multiple devices being used simultaneously. Brand is your choice. You can also purchase a USB dongle for your laptop that allows you to share the 802.11ac technology from your router.
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