How to improve your Wi-Fi signal and range

Slow internet speeds can be a universal frustration, but you’re not alone in experiencing them. Whether you’re streaming the latest series or battling it out in an online game, there are ways to troubleshoot why your internet might be sluggish. Although there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for addressing wireless network problems, the following tips and tricks could enhance your network’s performance.

Why is my Wi-Fi so slow?

Feeling like your Wi-Fi is dragging its feet? It happens to the best of us! There are plenty of reasons why your Wi-Fi might be taking its time, but some common barriers tend to pop up. Things like interference from other gadgets, being a bit too far from the router, having outdated equipment, or just dealing with a busy network can all slow things down. 

Number of devices

When you have multiple devices all using the internet simultaneously, like streaming videos or browsing online, it can lead to congestion and slower speeds. That’s because they’re all sharing the same bandwidth. The more devices you have connected, the more strain it puts on your Wi-Fi, resulting in slower performance for everyone.

Signal obstructions 

How your building is built can significantly affect Wi-Fi speeds. Concrete walls, plaster with metal wiring, large appliances, and thick glass can all act as obstacles that weaken the Wi-Fi signal. Think of it like trying to talk through a wall – the thicker and denser the barrier, the harder it is to communicate. These obstructions can make it challenging for the Wi-Fi signal to pass through, resulting in slower speeds and weaker connections throughout your space.

How to improve the performance of your Wi-Fi

After identifying the factors that might be affecting your Wi-Fi speed, we have some helpful tips on how to boost its performance. From tackling signal obstructions to managing the number of devices connected, these simple solutions can make a big difference in enhancing your Wi-Fi experience. 

Check your connection speed

Before diving into adjustments, it’s crucial to check your connection speed to establish a baseline. You can easily do this by visiting our speed test here to assess your connection speed. Start by conducting the test near your router, then move to the furthest areas of your home where you typically use devices. This comparison will help identify any significant differences in speed across different locations.

Choose the optimal router location

The placement of your router can significantly impact your Wi-Fi coverage, as not all homes distribute the signal equally. While it might seem convenient to tuck the router inside a cabinet or position it near the window where the cable enters, that’s not always what’s best. Here are some pointers for the best location tips:

  • Keep it up high, away from walls and floors that can obstruct signals. Ideally, on a top shelf if possible
  • Put it in the middle of your home if you can, so the signal can reach to each corner of the house
  • Place it close to your main devices, linking them with Ethernet cables when you can
  • Make sure it has plenty of space around it to stay cool

Change your frequency

It’s important to consider switching your Wi-Fi frequency to improve your connection. In many homes, there are two main types of Wi-Fi frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz*, for those with weak signals in distant areas, the 2.4GHz frequency is best because it has a wider range. However, for devices closer to the router, the 5GHz frequency offers faster speeds. Learn more about these frequencies and find the right one for you in our latest blog.

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Reduce channel interference​​

To further improve your Wi-Fi performance, you can make a simple tweak on your router’s channel. Routers transmit signals on different channels, but too much activity on one channel—especially in crowded areas like apartments—can cause interference. Access your router’s settings through a web browser by typing in its IP address. Remember to periodically check and adjust the channel manually, as it may become congested over time. 

Replace your router’s antenna

If your router has an internal antenna, consider adding an external one to boost the signal, especially in weaker areas. You can purchase antennas separately from router manufacturers if your router didn’t come with them or if you’ve misplaced them. When choosing an antenna, opt for a high-gain directional one if you know exactly where the weak spots are. These antennas send a stronger signal in one specific direction, making them more effective for targeting problem areas. Simply point the antenna towards the weak spot and enjoy improved coverage! Check the router manufacturer’s website for recommendations on compatible antennas.

Increase your signal with a Wi-Fi booster

Wi-Fi boosters are a great way to extend the range of your Wi-Fi beyond the initial router. By placing boosters in various rooms around the house, you can fill in dead spots and improve speed. When your Wi-Fi signal is strong and reaches every corner of your home, your internet performance gets a significant boost. However, it’s essential to note that the overall performance of your Wi-Fi will still depend on the type of internet connection you have and your typical internet speeds.

Does your Wi-Fi need an extra boost? Go ultrafast

If your Wi-Fi still isn’t performing it might be time to consider upgrading your hardware. Ultrafast broadband could be the solution you’re looking for and refers to a connection with speeds of more than 300Mbps. 

Our ultrafast Smarthome 950 package offers average download speeds of up to 950Mbps and average upload speeds of 200Mbps. This package is perfect for households with multiple devices, active gaming, and streaming. Plus, all our broadband packages, including ultrafast options, come with free installation and unlimited usage. 

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