Mar 24, 2016
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.
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.
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!