10 reasons why your wi-fi speed is depressing and what can you do about it?

No doubt, the internet can do a lot of great things for us, as a result our lives have become totally dependent on it. What happens when you’re binge watching your favourite TV show on Netflix and Wi-Fi  slows down and comes to a grinding halt. In the worst case scenario its 1:00 a.m. and next day is the deadline to submit your term paper or an assignment and Wi-Fi speed can’t get any worse.  Believe me Slow Wi-Fi signal can leave even the calmest person ready to throw their router out the window.

Well, here is a little help to speed up your Wi-Fi.

Test your broadband speed

Before doing anything, conduct a speed test. This will give an idea about your upload and download speed and give you a reference point for measuring how effective each method of speeding up your Wi-Fi is. For speed testing simply type in ‘speed test’ to Google and it will provide an in-browser speed check for you. You can also call your internet provider to see if there are any planned disruptions to service or any faults in the line that can only be fixed by them.

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Disable the eco setting

Some routers have the power saving mode enabled by defalut. The goal is to  save a few units of power. Unfortunately, this applauding approach can reduce bandwidth darastically. To disable this option you’ll need to visit your Wi-Fi power settings via your PC or laptop and change to a normal power setting.

Change the location of your router

It might sound unbelievable but moving your router might have a positive effect on your Wi-fi’s speed. You can also try a  “Wi-Fi heatmapping tool” to measure the impact of distance, frequency change and infrastructure and buildings nearby on your signal strength. NetSpot for Mac and Heatmapper for Windows-Both tools allow you to track Wi-Fi coverage in office or home. Once you’re done, you end up with an idea that shows you not just the your signal strength but also the throughput of Wi-Fi network.

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Replace your router

The latest Wi-Fi standard is 802.11ac. If your router is either 802.11b or 802.11g standard a new router would definitely boost your Wi-Fi speed and provide a longer range of connectivity.

Here’s how to check what Wi-Fi standard you’re running on:

  1. Click on the Wi-Fi shortcut usually found on the bottom right of PC screen.
  2. Hover your cursor over the broadband service you are using.
  3. The standard will be listed next to ‘Radio Type’.

Change your channel

The router  automatically detects the least crowded channel and makes that its default.

However, your default channel may get clogged up due to more traffic nearly . You might find that one channel is clogged up by a handful of routers while others are deserted.

There are some great tools that will help determine whether you should change Wi-Fi channel.

Software like InSSIDer and NirSoft analyses the entire Wi-Fi spectrum and gives you details about your home network as well as channel usage meaning you can change to a less busy channel.

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Update your firmware

Don’t  forget to make sure that router’s firmware is up-to-date – especially if you’ve purchased a new one. Expect bandwidth, feature set and resiliency to signals to increase with the first few firmware updates. You can download  the latest firmware update from the manufacturer’s website and is relatively simple to update as most have a helpful how-to wizard. And if you’re struggling with it, you can always ring up your broadband provider for assistance.

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Declutter your PC

Your Wi-Fi signal can become weak if your PC is too old and unorganised. One way to boost your Wi-Fi speed is to declutter your PC and delete any unnecessary files or programmes that could be slowing it down.

There’s plenty of software that claim to speed up your PC and running of your PC much smoother resulting in improved speed of your Wi-Fi. Some tools that may boost up your computer are AVG PC TuneUp, Avast! Cleanup, CCleaner, and F-Secure Booster.

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 Set your router to restart regularly

If your Wi-Fi slows down suddenly an old yet classic way is to turn off your router and then turn it on again. It may be very effective in boosting your Wi-fi’s speed.

You should schedue regular router reboots, so that it can automatically refresh itself and its connection speeding up your Wi-Fi.

You can perform this by accessing the router’s menu via your PC or laptop.

Invest in a powerline adapter

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Powerline adapters are a great way of boosting Wi-Fi signal with minimum effort, But they can be expensive. Make sure you purchase one with Wi-Fi capabilities not the one which relies on ethernet port.  So what will a Wi-Fi-enabled powerline adapter do? A Wi-Fi-enabled powerline adapter will create new Wi-Fi hotspots which will provide a wireless signal in rooms where your router signal can’t reach. Alternatively you can  try a Wi-Fi extender, but chances of their working is very low.

Stay away from other electronic devices

Electronic devices such as baby monitors, fairy lights and speakers and other electronic gadgets could interfere in the speed of your Wi-Fi and  make your internet connection slower.

If possible you should try to  place your router away from electronic devices like these to minimise any interference your Wi-Fi signal might get from them.

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