Weak WiFi singles and slow internet connection speed frustrate everyone. Among hundreds of broadband providers, we used to choose the one which promises to offer the optimum internet speed.
But, if you’re facing a very slow speed of your WiFi connection even after trying different broadband providers, you can try some basic but effective tips to boost your WiFi speed performance.
Generally, the WiFi speed performance depends upon various factors and most of them are out of our control. So, if you’re experiencing the slow speed of your WiFi connection, the first thing you should do is contact your broadband provider. If your WiFi connection provider isn’t able to help, try the following tips to boost your WiFi speed.
10 Effective Tips To Boost Your WiFi Speed Performance
So, whether you’re an individual using WiFi at your home, a small business, a startup, or a company with high-speed performance needs, just try out the following tips to boost your WiFi connection speed if you’re facing very slow performance.
1. Use Router With Latest WiFi Standard
If you’re facing very bad WiFi signal strength, the first thing you should do is upgrade your router to the latest version. For this, you need to check what WiFi standard your router is running on now.
The most latest WiFi standards in the market are 802.11ac and 802.11n. So, if your router is running on either 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g standard, a new router with the latest WiFi standard will definitely boost your WiFi speed.
2. Set the Least Crowded WiFi Channel
If your neighbors and nearby offices are also using WiFi, it’s possible that your default WiFi channel starts facing some crowd. In that case, you should set your router to the least crowded WiFi channel.
Generally, the 2.4GHz frequency is crowded. But, if you’re using a router with the latest WiFi standards like 802.11ac and 802.11n, you might change your channel frequency between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. So, if you’re having the latest router, you can use 5GHz which is the least crowded WiFi channel frequency.
3. Place Router Around High WiFi Coverage Area
Some people used to place the router either behind the computer desk or below the TV cabinet. In order to catch better singles, it’s important to keep them in an open area. If possible, place your router away from electronic devices like monitors, lights, speakers, tablets, smartphones, etc.
If you want to find out a better space in your home or office to place a router, you can use a WiFi heatmapping tool. There’re many great options available on Google Play and Apple App Store. Once it’s downloaded, you can walk around your house and see which parts of your home have the strongest WiFi singles.
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4. Turn Off The Power Saving Mode
Whether it’s a smartphone or laptop, we used to keep the power-saving mode on. Why? Just to save some battery of the device. But, you would have never known that it can also sometimes affect your internet speed.
It’s the same case with routers. Not actually with all routers but some are set up with a power-saving mode by default. So, what you can do is turn off the power-saving mode by navigating to WiFi power settings via your computer or laptop.
5. Clean Up Your Computer
When unnecessary files and programs can slow down your computer then why not your WiFi speed? So, cleaning up your computer can be another way to boost your WiFi performance.
It’s however very easy to clean up a PC but of course, it’s a time-consuming process and there’re many tools available on the Internet that allows you to do it in a few minutes. Check out some free tune-up software for your PC.
6. Manage Your Bandwidth Hoggers
Bandwidth hoggers are the persons who abnormally use your internet bandwidth for watching movies online, playing online games, video chatting or downloading movies, and other data.
If you’re sharing your WiFi with such kinds of people, you should either strictly prevent them from doing so or suggest them to download or stream during the less popular times. This will also help you give a big boost to your Wi-Fi speed.
7. Schedule Your Router to Reboot Daily
This is one of the simplest and most well-known methods to boost the performance of any kind of electronic device. Right? Even when our smartphones start hanging or the same happens with laptops, the first action we take is rebooting the device.
Most people do the same thing with the router when facing slow internet speed. What I suggest is to schedule your router to reboot automatically every day so that every time you turn your WiFi on, it will give you a fresh start and boost in performance.
8. Buy a Powerline Adapter or WiFi Extender
WiFi extenders, repeaters, or boosters are basically the same things but different names. A WiFi booster helps in amplifying the existing signal and rebroadcasts it. 4G signal boosters are also a great choice. You can use a mobile phone signal booster to speed up your WiFi performance.
According to some sources, a powerline adapter is much powerful and trustworthy as compared to a WiFi extender. The powerline adapter creates new WiFi hotspots so that the WiFi singles can be reached even in the areas of your room where the router itself cannot send the signals.
9. Update Router’s Firmware
Keeping the firmware up-to-date is always a good thing. It helps improves the hardware performance, whether it is a router or any other hardware.
You can download the latest firmware from the manufacturer’s website. You can also take the help of your broadband service provider if you’re facing any issues in updating your router’s firmware.
10. Update Your Wireless Adapter/Driver
If you’re feeling that your wireless adapter/driver is not nicely communicating with your PC or laptop, it’s time to update it to the latest version.
You can find the software update solutions on Windows official website whereas for the Mac operating system the software update solutions can be found on the Apple website.
See The Difference!
I’m sure that after trying these tips, you will be able to improve your home internet. You’ll notice the difference due to the boost in performance but what if you would like to check the exact internet speed you’re working with? I will suggest you test your internet speed before trying any aforementioned tips to know what speed exactly you’re getting right now.
There’re many tools available on the web which let you check your internet speed easily. You can also check it by simply typing “speed test” in Google and it will provide you with an in-browse speed check option.
And, give an internet speed test again after trying these tips to see the exact difference. For me replacing my old router with an 802.11ac standard router and scheduling it for daily reboot worked well.
Do share your thoughts and let me know which of the mentioned tips worked for you to boost your WiFi speed performance. If you know any other trick to boost WiFi connection speed, I request you to share it with us via comments.