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Why Is My Internet Slow? (5 Ways to Improve Your Wi-Fi)

Imagine searching for your favorite downtown weekend spot on a horribly snail-paced Internet connection, or trying to watch a new movie on Amazon Prime and you keep seeing the buffering icon. It’s not easy and completely frustrating.

The most common problem with slow internet are issues with your Wi-Fi. The tips below should help stop that annoying buffering icon rotating on your screen. (Or you can just call us, The Buckeye Brainiacs)

DISTANCE MANAGEMENT

The most common problem is when you access the internet from a room other than the one with the router. Typically, if the signal has to penetrate through a lot of corners and walls to reach you, the performance will not be good. For instance, if you reside in a densely populated area of Toledo or Sylvania then signals from other electronics and Wi-Fi networks can cut the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. Here’s what you should do

  • There is no need to hide your router if you hate its shape. Take it out of the corner and place it in an open space, away from obstructions and walls.
  • If the strength of your router is not meeting your needs, then add a wireless range extender to it. This will enable coverage to a larger area by boosting signals.

Adding a wireless range extender allows you to take your laptop out on your deck and enjoy the breeze, some sunshine and a strong Wi-Fi signal. These products will also strengthen the Wi-Fi signal in your home.

UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE

Before calling your Internet service provider, ensure that the router is using the latest software. The ease or difficulty to update your firmware depends solely on your device’s model and manufacturer. The majority of modern routers come with built-in update process in the administration interface. Therefore, it is merely about pressing a firmware upgrade button. However, a few models, particularly the older ones, still require you to search manually and download the update from the router manufacturer's website.

It is admissible to update your firmware regularly even if your high speed Internet is working fine to get better features, performance improvements, and security updates.

You can always call our Buckeye Brainiacs 24/7 if you would like us to adjust your modem settings.

UPDATE YOUR HARDWARE

If you’re one of those with the mindset of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” please realize you can only tweak and optimize an old device so much. If your router is a few years old, the chances are high that you are still using the 802.11g standard. It only offers a 54 Mbps throughput compared to the more contemporary 802.11n at 300Mbps, and the most recent 802.11ac at 1Gbps. This may be contributing to why your Internet is so slow.

 

CONTROL QUALITY

The majority of modern routers have built-in Quality-of-Service (QoS) tools to restrict the bandwidth usage of different applications. It’s convenient if you use Voice over IP (VoIP) or do loads of video streaming. However, when you are on a video call, the last thing you want is someone hogging all the bandwidth in your home by downloading the HD version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Therefore, to avoid such annoyance, specify which apps and services should be prioritized and set mega files downloading at a lower priority during certain times of the day. QoS settings can be found in the network administrator interface’s advanced settings.

REPLACE YOUR ANTENNA

In order to improve your Wi-Fi signal, add an external antenna if your router has a built-in version. The majority of router manufacturers offer omnidirectional antennas, which send a signal to all directions. The chances are high that your built-in antenna is also omnidirectional, therefore, to make a difference to your signal buy an external one, marked "high-gain". Lastly, check your router manufacturer's website for further details on buying an external antenna.

I hope the tips above will improve your Wi-Fi signal. If you are still having issues or have any questions The Buckeye Brainiac have a new product called HomeNet, which will optimize your wireless connection at home. Contact Buckeye Broadband today at 419-724-9888 and ask about our Brainiac HomeNet.

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