WiFi signals can often drop for no reason, and therefore, getting frustrated is the most common behavior of us humans. However, the issue doesn’t need to be with your Internet connection, but sometimes the broadcasting of the network can also result in an unstable Wifi connection. It’s important to understand the difference!
Here are a few ways you can improve your Wi-Fi signal and performance.
1. Place your Router on a height
People’s favorite place to put their router- on the floor, in the corner of their living room or home office- is actually pretty terrible. You know how people sometimes hold their cell phones above their heads to try and get a stronger signal?They’ve got the right idea. Your router should be mounted somewhere high off the ground, and in the center of your house to reach all ends equally.
2. Try to avoid interference
Modem/routers have a number of elements at work against them as they are relying on wireless signals. Appliances in your home or office, like microwaves and cordless telephones, can interfere with the signal.
A dual-band modem router (meaning a device that has two Wi-Fi networks to connect to) can assist, but that’s not always the solution. It’s very important to try and keep your modem/router away from appliances to ensure you are getting the best Wi-Fi signal at all times.
3. Adjust the Beacon Interval
WiFi routers use “beacon” signals to help keep the network synchronized and many default to 100ms. In other words, it is a packet of information that travels on the WiFi signals and reaches to all the connected devices. It is done so that the connected device can receive the information and accommodate with the settings of your router.
According to Devsjournal, setting the beacon interval value more than 100 is beneficial if the connected device is stationary and the connection is highly stabilized with good signal strength. Whereas, low beacon interval settings are more suitable where the devices are not stationary, and also if the signal strength is weak.
4. Avoid network overload
If you have a large family, chances are your network is being used triple time. When you are having an event, or one of the kids are having a study session, that’s additional use of your Wi-Fi. This may cause your network to become overloaded, and devices will disconnect. One way to ease this problem is to take some devices off the network that you aren’t using. You can also use software that controls bandwidth to prevent dropping.
5. Get a Wi-Fi Extender
If messing around with your router settings seems too daunting, and you have a few dollars spare, invest in a Wi-Fi extender or repeater. These devices plug into a spare wall socket, connect to the wireless internet getting beamed out by your router, and then extend it further.
They’re (usually) simple to set up, easy to use, and can instantly get rid of Wi-Fi dead zones in your house. The extended or repeated wireless signals won’t be as strong as the ones coming straight from your router, though, so again positioning is important. Try and use these devices to connect up gadgets that don’t need a huge amount of bandwidth.
6. Call Your ISP
If you’ve tried it all, and still have problems, you can always reach out to your internet provider and see if they have any suggestions. They may want to send a service technician out. They might be able to pinpoint an overlooked issue that is getting in the way of you and fast Wi-Fi. With the ongoing coronavirus situation, you may not want strangers in your house, and your ISP may not have technicians available to send. Still, if none of the rest of these tips solves your problem, it’s time to reach out to your provider to ask some questions.