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Want Better WiFi? Try These Internet Router Tips

These days, pretty much everything worth having (like Piper!) relies on an Internet connection. If you’re about ready to pull out your hair because your lagging Internet interferes with your ability to get the most out of your favourite products, maybe these tips will help you get the connection you deserve:

Really Understand What An Internet Router Is

We can’t talk about the most effective use of your router if you don’t fully understand what an Internet router is.

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What are you and why are you ruining my life?!

An Internet router is basically a device that forwards data packets across networks (typically LAN/WAN combination or LAN/ISP) from the gateways that they’re located in. Without a router, you wouldn’t be able to transmit data between networks or connect to the Internet. There are a few different types of routers out there, all of which you can learn about here.

Find Out What Kind Of Walls You Have

Different types of walls will have different effects on the strength of your WiFi signal. Predictably, thicker walls weaken your signal, as they tend to absorb the waves that travel through them. I know brick and concrete walls look beautiful, but they’re impractical in terms of conducting a healthy WiFi signal from your Internet router.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… Why’s My WiFi The Slowest Of Them All?

I love a good mirror as much as the next person but don’t keep too many of them in my home.

Why have I all but eliminated mirrors from my home decor? Because metal objects actually interfere with WiFi signals by absorbing them!

 

Kitchens, Phone Bases & Routers Don’t Mix

Remember when I told you that most routers communicate on the same 2.4GHz band frequency that microwaves & wireless phones operate on? Needless to say, it’s not a smart idea to keep your Internet router in the kitchen or by your phone base.

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“Honey, you didn’t put the router in here…did you?”

My router is currently located next to my phone base – needless to say, I’m going to be moving the phone base when I get home this evening!

Don’t Be Above Mounting Your Internet Router To The Wall

We all know that it’s important to keep your Internet router in the most central location within your home. What many people don’t know is that they can actually secure their router to a ceiling corner if they live in a multi-level home to get the most out of the Internet they pay for.

Did you find these tips helpful, or is there something you’d like to add? Feel free to share in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. We’ve had a few internet problems since we moved into our house, and I think the problem might be the fact that our router does sit close to the kitchen. I never knew that microwave ovens could cause problems like that! Thanks for sharing the tips.

  2. I had no idea that metal can actually absorb WiFi signals. We have had the same internet service for some time now, and it seems to be really slow all of the time. I will have to test and see if moving the Router away from all the metal increases the speed.

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