Anyone with a smartphone or tablet has come to rely on Wi-Fi for Internet, but in some cases, the experience is not as fast or reliable as it should be. Here are some simple yet effective ways to get the most out of a Wi-Fi connection.
A router tends to be placed in a corner of a building, usually near a window, to eliminate clutter. However, this may cause the Wi-Fi signal to spread omni-directionally and limit its range.
It is better to place a router in the centre of a room or office, preferably at eye-level or higher, so that it provides even coverage and optimum signal strength. To avoid any signal interference, it is also a good idea to keep the router away from other wave-based devices, such as printers, microwave ovens, and other routers.
Use guest networks
If you regularly have visitors to your office, set up a guest network on your router with a separate, simpler password. Once the visitors leave, you can disable the guest network and not have to worry about your Wi-Fi being used later without permission.
To set up a guest network, access the admin settings on the router and give a name to your network, set a password and even limit the number of users simultaneously connected to the network. Some routers also have the option to block and remove connected devices that are taking up too much bandwidth.
Manage your connections
If you haven’t been using guest networks, you may have given out your primary Wi-Fi password to people in the past. It may be possible that people are still connected to your Wi-Fi and using your bandwidth.
The best way to avoid this situation is to change your Wi-Fi password regularly, particularly if you tend to share it with people. Changing the Wi-Fi password once every six months will ensure only the right people connect to your network.
Extend range with repeaters
Unless you work in a home office, a basic router will not provide enough coverage beyond a room. If you don’t want to upgrade to a more powerful router, a simpler and more affordable option is to use a repeater.
A repeater takes the Wi-Fi signal from your router and repeats it to where it is located. The
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) method is the simplest way to connect a router with a repeater, and usually consists of pressing a button that automatically configures the connection settings.
Time for an upgrade
Some Wi-Fi environments may need a few tweaks to run optimally, but others may need more significant improvements. In those cases, upgrading to a new and modern network will bring about higher Wi-Fi speeds.
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