The inability to steam, dropped Wi-Fi signals, wireless dead zones or slow browsing are annoying experiences in a world where going online is a part of our daily routines. When your reception only improves by standing right next to your wireless router, the following simple tips may help you optimise your network.
Choose a suitable place for your router
Metal disrupts Wi-Fi signals and by avoiding placing your router close to metal objects and appliances that emit electromagnetic waves, you will reduce dead zones. All household appliances that emit electromagnetic waves will cause disruptions to your reception and to boost your Wi-Fi signal, keep your router away from big emitters such as televisions, cordless phones, and radiant heaters.
Since Wi-Fi signals radiate outward in all directions, and not just horizontally, you should place your Wi-Fi router in a central area for an even Wi-Fi signal. Keeping the rooter away from electrical wires, and elevated above floor level may also help to strengthen your signal.
Keep your router updated
Updating your router will prevent malware attacks. An infected router will spread malware to other devices, may steal bandwidth and slow down your Internet speed. Similarly, outdated firmware will affect the performance of your router. Check if your router is running the newest firmware available.
To check if your router is running the newest firmware available, follow the following steps:
- Connect to your router’s network and enter the IP address of the router into the web browser;
- Log in with an admin username and password;
- Select the ‘Firmware Update’ or ‘Router Update’ option
- Wait until your router finds and installs the latest firmware.
Never interrupt the update even if your router appears to be unresponsive. Give it a few more minutes before you disconnect and turn it on again. The IP address and login details may be found at the bottom of your router or by contacting your service provider.