Living in a world where the internet is only a tap or click away, it can be maddening having to deal with a slow WiFi signal. But before you go investing in some expensive internet package, there are a few DIY methods to try that can boost your home’s WiFi without breaking the bank.
1. Move your router
If you notice certain rooms don’t have a signal, or access to the internet, try moving your router away from these “dead zones” and into a more central location in your home. Routers have limitations on their range or signal reach, so it’s important to keep it in the center of your home. If you’re unable to move the router’s location, try elevating it on a table or shelf for a better signal spread.
2. Upgrade to a wireless mesh network
If you’re like most households, you rely on a single router, however one router may not be sufficient enough to support all the different devices connected to it. A wireless mesh network is created through the connection of wireless access points installed at each network user’s locale. These access points connect users to other users within the same network and can also serve as the point of interconnection between the wireless local area network (WLAN) and a fixed wire network, putting less stress on the router. Each access point can serve multiple users within the network area, and as people move beyond the range of one access point, they are automatically handed over to the next one.
3. Update your modem
You should update your modem every three to five years because outdated modems can impact the quality of your WiFi signal and speed. Most times, people rent their modems from their internet service provider for a small monthly fee. However, purchasing a new, updated modem typically costs between $50 and $100, which may seem like a lot, but will save you money on a rental fee while seeing huge improvements to your WiFi.
Every home is different, so try a combination of these three methods to find a solution that works best for you. Soon your family will be back to surfing the web with ease, leaving those buffering videos and constant router resets in the dust!