Unresponsive or stuttering WiFi is one of the most frustrating problems of the modern age, but there are several things you can do for little or no cost to try and improve your speed.
1) Work out where the problem actually is…..
There are many reasons that WiFi networks slow down and become sluggish, so checking your WiFi signal strength will give you an accurate idea of what’s causing yours.
The easiest way to do this is to put a laptop close to your router and then run a free speed test. If it doesn’t improve, there may be issues with your internet connection itself, in which case you will need to get in touch with your provider so they can find a solution.
2) Check your router position…..
Fact: It really does matter where you put your router!
WiFi signals radiate outwards in all directions, so placing your router as centrally as possible between all the devices needing a connection gives you the best chance of fast and stable speed.
Your router should also lie flat, rather than on its side, and if it has antennas, these should be pointing upwards and parallel to each other.
3) Practice good internet security…..
Ensure that no-one nearby can ‘piggyback’ your signal and use your connection without permission, as this will naturally slow it down.
For shared connections, especially at work, change the router password regularly so that anyone who has left the company, for example, is removed from the network.
4) Reduce interference…..
Local interference can also be an issue, as until recently WiFi only operated on the same frequency as many frequently used items such as Bluetooth headsets, cordless phones, and even microwaves.
Now there are two WiFi bands, which means you can change up, although you may need your provider’s help to do this.
5) Install a booster…..
A WiFi booster such as a signal repeater is quick and straightforward to install and can help double the distance your WiFi signal travels in many situations.
Our tech team is always on-hand to answer any questions our customers have. In fact, resolving problems is what they do best! So if you need help, don’t be afraid to give us a shout!