Table of Contents
- 1 Tip 1: Ensure good coverage throughout the house
- 2 Tip 2: Provide a WiFi system that can handle multiple devices at the same time
- 3 Tip 3: Adjust the WiFi frequency band
- 4 Tip 4: Check the channel on which both frequencies are broadcast
- 5 Tip 5: Also check the modem and router
- 6 Tip 6: Check your subscription
Tip 1: Ensure good coverage throughout the house
If you live in a multi-story house, coverage may not be sufficient on all floors. While your video calling is running from bottom to top, the connection drops sucks! There are several solutions tips to improve the WiFi at home:
- You can install a multi-room WiFi set. Such a set consists of separate modules that all communicate with each other and create one WiFi network. You can then place a station on each floor so that your smartphone, tablet, or laptop always has a strong WiFi signal, and you will never again be bothered by faults. It also connects easily with all your smart home systems.
- You can also choose to have the internet go through electricity. This is especially ideal if your router’s range is just not good enough, for example, in the attic. By using a HomePlug adapter, you can then use any power outlet as a wireless access point.
- Do you want your WiFi range to go all the way to the garden shed at the back of the garden? Then consider connecting an access point. You connect this to the router with a UTP cable.
Useful! There are certain apps that can measure the speed of your WiFi. This allows you to determine where in the house you need extra WiFi and where you can best place the above WiFi modules. In this way, you can choose to move a particular module if it turns out that the WiFi just does not make it to all corners.
Tip 2: Provide a WiFi system that can handle multiple devices at the same time
Another important one to check out; how many devices do you use? There is a good chance that your current WiFi system cannot handle the number of devices. And no stress in case you now think you need to disconnect devices because there is a solution for this! Nowadays, there are routers with so-called MU-MIMO. This allows multiple devices to be connected at the same time without delay. Is your router brand new yet? Then you might be able to use WiFi 6. Read more about it in the blog: faster and better internet at home with WiFi 6.
Tip 3: Adjust the WiFi frequency band
You may not have known this yet, but you have different frequencies that a wireless router can operate on, namely 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Both frequencies have their advantages and disadvantages, and it is good to determine which frequency can deliver the fastest internet for you. For example, if you live in a large house with several family members, it may be smart to choose 2.4 GHz. This frequency is slightly slower than that of 5 GHz but has a longer range. On the other hand, if you live alone or as a couple in a smaller apartment, it is interesting to see whether 5 GHz provides faster internet. Check-in advance whether your devices support 5 GHz because this is not always the case. Some routers operate on one of two frequencies, and some routers operate on both.
Tip 4: Check the channel on which both frequencies are broadcast
In addition to the frequency, WiFi also works on a channel. The WiFi may be far enough, but the connection is weak. This could be because your entire neighborhood is on the same channel. And you can already feel it coming; then this bothers. Most Wi-Fi systems offer the possibility to determine in the settings on which channel both frequencies broadcast. This allows you to choose a channel that is used less, which also makes your WiFi more stable. There are free apps that show on which channel the WiFi you can receive is broadcast.
Tip 5: Also check the modem and router
You may not have known this, but routers also need software updates now and then. And is it time for a new router? Then take a look at the Netgear Nighthawk routers. These have been specially developed for gamers and movie buffs. Without disruptions, that evening of Netflix is just a bit chiller.
Tip 6: Check your subscription
Also, check the fixed internet subscription for which you pay monthly. What speed do you receive, and what do you pay for? When you pay for 50 Mbit per second, but you only receive 20 Mbit per second, it is time to call the provider. You can test your internet speed on various websites, including those of the internet providers themselves. It may also be possible to upgrade your subscription to faster internet.
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