If your internet connection at home is slow, we’ve got some simple tips to make your Wi-Fi faster.
Before you start changing things, you should check your internet speed.
It’s super simple to do, and The Tech Helper has its own speed test to help you do it, which you can use here. It’s also worth checking with your internet provider (AT&T or Spectrum, for instance) to see what speed you should be getting.
Want faster wifi? Here’s how
We’ve got some simple steps you can follow to supercharge your internet speed
- Check your speed
Before you start changing things, check your internet speed. It’s super simple to do, and The Tech Helper has its own speed test to help you do it, which you can use here.
- Move your router
It’s a simple one, but can really make a difference. Ideally, you want to have your router in the middle of the area you’re trying to cover. So while having it hidden in a corner may look best, it won’t do your internet speed any good. It can also be worth trying to put your router on a shelf, rather than resting it on the floor to boost speeds even more. Also, try to pick a location that’s away from other electronics and large metal objects.
- Change your channel
This one is a little complicated, so if you’re a technophobe it may be too much. But, routers divide up Wi-Fi signal into different channels. It’s possible you and your neighbours may be using the same channel, which means the channel can become congested and things begin to slow down. By logging into your router, you can change the channel. Check in on the support section of the firm that made your router’s website for full instructions on how to do this.
- Buy a new router
The router is the box that turns the broadband signal your provider (such as AT&T or Spectrum) sends to your house, usually via a cable, and turns it into wifi. Some providers, like Xfinity, will supply a box you have to use, but most will let you use your own, and upgrading it can really boost your signal.
- Get a mesh system
If you’ve got a big house, or an older house with lots of stone walls, covering the whole place in Wi-Fi can be a nightmare. The solution is usually something called a mesh network. This is effectively a network of usually 2-3 routers that can talk to each other and work together to cover your home. They’re super simple to setup, and we’d recommend trying either the Amazon eero mesh WiFi router or the Google Nest WiFi Router 2 Pack.