1. Choose a new Wi-Fi channel
You can switch your router from a standard 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi channel to a 5 GHz channel for boosting your internet speeds by getting more bandwidth and lesser interference. Both of these frequencies have multiple internet transmission channels, but 2.4 GHz has 14 channels that overlap. The channel overlap can cause traffic jam of the data packets which clogs up bandwidth and slows down your connection. 5 GHz, on the other hand, has 23 non-overlapping channels. This can minimize the number of other users on your frequency. However, some routers can only use 2.4 GHz band. If your router is limited to 2.4 GHz, choose either channel 1, 6 or 11. These channels have the least overlap compared to other channels.
2. Purchase a newer, high-end router
Your problem may just be an aging router. There are many advantages to purchasing a new router, the biggest being faster internet speeds. A new router may also have improved home security features and be compatible with more devices. Additional security and compatibility might make you interested in automating your home or making your network more secure.
3. Reset your router
It sounds too easy, but sometimes resetting your router is all you need to do to speed up your internet. Just as restarting a computer can suddenly fix unknown computer issues, rebooting your wireless router can troubleshoot internet connection problems and increase your speeds.
4. Angle one Wi-Fi antenna up and one to the side
Wi-Fi signals spread out perpendicular to the router, but keep in mind that Wi-Fi signals weaken when traveling through walls at an angle. Not every Wi-Fi router has antennas, such as an all-in-one modem and router gateways. However, if you do have an internet router with an antenna, you can angle them so that the Wi-Fi signal travels straight through walls and retains signal strength. Increase your Wi-Fi signal by angling one antenna vertically so Wi-Fi signals travel directly side to side through walls. Angle the other antenna horizontally so Wi-Fi signals travel directly upward and downward through the ceiling to the other floors.
5. Move your wireless router to an elevated, clear spot
It might be obvious, but where you keep your Wi-Fi router has a big impact on the signal’s strength. Keep the device in a high, open space with minimal obstructions for better Wi-Fi signal. If your router is on the floor, many of your Wi-Fi signals will travel horizontally along the floor and will not reach all parts of your home. You can improve the signal and increase your internet speeds by setting up the router on the second floor if your home is multilevel. If you place your router too close to concrete or brick, it can limit its ability to broadcast to the rest of your home. The denser the objects around your wireless router, the greater the signal loss.
6. Move your wireless router to a central part of your home
If you place your router in a central spot, it will maximize where your signals travel. Since you can’t hang your Wi-Fi router like a living room chandelier, here are some alternative locations you can place your router to for an optimum Wi-Fi signal :
● On a mantle in the living room
● On a small coffee table placed centrally in your home
● On the second floor landing