Wifi Tips

You’ve probably been there before—about 10 seconds away from pulling your hair out and throwing the router at the nearest wall.  It’s nothing short of depressing when you’re wholly engrossed in the latest Netflix Original, and then—bam—your signal drops off.  

Where does it go?  Who knows?  All you know is that you’re ready to call it quits with the internet altogether; yet, five seconds later, you’re reconnecting. The entire process is extremely frustrating.

Things don’t have to be this way. There are ways to improve your Wi-Fi connection and decrease irritating signal drops.  Here are three simple tips to help you keep your wifi signal strong and reliable: 

Buy a new router.

It’s tempting to go out to the nearest big box retailer and pick up the cheapest router you can find; however, this isn’t a good idea.  Even a $10 difference can do your connection a whole lot of good.  It’s recommended that you use a router with 802.11ac, which is three times faster than the previous standard. 

Put it out in the open.

If your router is obstructed or hidden, then the signal will be, too.  Don’t keep your router hidden in a cabinet or tucked behind furniture—sitting on top of your TV console or bookshelf is best.  And, if at all possible, strategically position your router in the middle of your home to ensure even coverage throughout.   

Keep it secure.

It’s considered relatively easy to hack into other people’s Wi-Fi connection.  And if people are piggybacking onto your connection, it’s only natural to assume that your connection speed is going to lag.  Because of this, it’s important to keep your router locked up with a secure login password.  For starters, change the password on your router.  Your router will come with a preassigned admin password, and you’ll definitely want to update this to something unique.  Secondly, you should always check with your manufacturer for firmware updates and patches.  These updates will work to keep your router protected against potential vulnerabilities.

If you have any other questions about Wifi, Contact Magnitech Today!