How to Improve Your Home Wireless Network Signal
4 Methods to Upgrade Your Home’s Wi-Fi
Webpages that never seem to load, movies that stop and buffer, video calls that won’t connect — none of these are ever ideal. If there are areas of your home that your Wi-Fi isn’t reaching or if the signal overall is lackluster, it may be time for a boost to your home wireless network.
No matter the size of your home, there’s a solution for your Wi-Fi woes. Continue reading to discover our tips on upgrading your home wireless network in your New York City residence.
Find the Right Spot
It may seem tidy and logical to stow your router in a cabinet or a discreet location. But you’ll want your router to be in the center of your home in an open space so its signal can reach as far as possible. Whichever room is in the center of your home, your router will perform best there.
Update Router Firmware
Could your wonky router be fixed with an update? Manufacturers often tweak software to improve speed. Many current routers have an update process built into the interface, so all you will need to do is press the firmware upgrade button. But older models will still require you to download a firmware file and upload it to the interface. Too tricky to figure it out? Experts like the ones we have at e-home have it covered.
For optimal Wi-Fi performance, check your network’s administrator interface and make sure the frequency fits your requirements. With a dual-band router, you would benefit from upgrading to a 5GHz band rather than the common 2.4GHz. While 5GHz is faster, it won’t necessarily reach as far as a 2.4GHz signal will.
Add a Wireless Range Extender
If your network covers a large area or if there are many corners and walls to pass through, its performance will suffer. It’s possible your home is too big for one router to reach everywhere, and if you live in a multi-dwelling unit (MDU), you may need more coverage. A wireless range extender can help with that, picking up your existing signal and rebroadcasting it. Just like your router, you should place your range extender in an open space, close enough to both the router and any weak spots.
Upgrade to a Mesh Network
Range extenders do help connect your home’s dead zones, but usually provide only about half the bandwidth that your router provides. For a seamless connection everywhere, consider upgrading to a mesh network. Mesh networks work like a radio signal, allowing different devices to piggyback off each other as points in a network. Each point spreads the signal a bit further than the last and will blanket your home in Wi-Fi.
Are you looking to boost your home’s Internet connection? E-home can help. Give us a call at (800) 232-6651 or fill out our contact form here.