A weak WiFi signal can prevent you from taking full advantage of your WiFi and getting cozy with your laptop or mobile device wherever you’re most comfortable in the house. If you can get a signal anywhere downstairs, but can’t seem to connect upstairs or in certain areas of your home (like your bedroom or the den), you could probably benefit from a WiFi boost. Maximizing your home’s WiFi signal could be the solution to your WiFi woes and there are a couple of things you can do to help improve things even more. Here are several reasons to consider maximizing the WiFi in your home or office and a few tips to help you get there.
1. CONNECT ANYWHERE
One reason to maximize your WiFi is that you’ll be able to connect from anywhere in the house. No more spotty connections or only getting service in “sweet spots” around the house. You’ll be able to pay bills, watch movies, or shop online from your bedroom upstairs, the kitchen table, or outside on the back porch if you wanted.
2. HANDLE MULTIPLE DEVICES
Increasing your WiFi range gives you the ability to handle multiple devices on one connection with less interference and faster internet speeds. So if the entire family is connected at once (like in the evenings before dinner) you won’t have to suffer through sluggish downloads or constant buffering when streaming videos or music online.
3. CONNECT SECURITY SYSTEMS
Technology has come a long way in the last 10 years. These days, an extended WiFi range can also mean increased home security, allowing you to connect security systems to devices like Alexa, for example. That means you can keep a close eye on everything going on in and around your home. And the best part is that most home security systems are pretty easy to set up and start using almost immediately.
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR WIFI CONNECTION
If you’ve been having some of the above-named problems, such as spotty WiFi or weak connections, here are some things you can do to improve the WiFi connection in your home and/or office:
• Adjust Your Router Placement. Your router should be placed away from any obstacles or interferences (like TVs or furniture) in a central location in your house. For example, if you live in a three-story home, put the router on the second floor. Keeping your router elevated can help improve the signal.
• Get a WiFi Extender. If you’ve never come across one before, you might be thinking, “What’s a WiFi range extender?” or “How do WiFi range extenders work?” A WiFi range extender, or WiFi range booster, uses a wireless connection to boost your WiFi signal. When placing the range extender, make sure it’s not too far from the router or it might not work properly. Also, be aware that not all WiFi extenders provide a secure connection so be careful when sending personal data online. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, find one with a secure connection.
• Update Your Security. Tighten up your home network security by adding a complex password and WPA2 security. A weak password (or no password at all) makes it easy for anyone to join your network. And if too many people start joining, it could cause problems.
• Change the Channel. Interference can cause connection problems, especially for people who live in smaller cities and towns. And these days, nearly everyone has WiFi and all of those signals can affect your WiFi speeds. Other devices in your home can also interfere with your WiFi signals, such as microwaves, cordless phones, and other electronic devices. Changing the WiFi channel can help speed things up a little.
• Update Your Router Firmware. PC Magazine recommends updating your router firmware if you want to improve your WiFi speeds. Depending on your device manufacturer and model, the level of difficulty it takes to upgrade your firmware varies.
Maximizing your WiFi can help improve your online experience at home. By using the above tips, you can enjoy faster downloads, effortless streaming, and improved connections no matter where you want to connect in or outside of the house. You’ll have a strong connection you can rely on to do whatever you need to do online. Whip your WiFi into shape today to start reaping the benefits of an extended range.
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