Wi-Fi slow? Best ways to fix Wi-Fi problems

Topic: Wi-Fi slow? Best ways to fix Wi-Fi problems

There are plenty of reasons your Wi-Fi keeps slowing down: signal congestion, router location, firmware issues, hardware limitations, or even the physical size of your home. Then again, it could just be your neighbors.

They might be using the internet on your dime and slowing you down.

Maybe you simply need to reboot your modem and router. Don’t just go unplugging things and then powering it all up.

Here are 10 ways to boost your home Wi-Fi and reduce the risk of connection failures.

1. Update your router’s firmware

The reason to do this step is twofold. First, you get additional features and improvements of the new firmware. Second, your router receives essential security updates.

Usually, you have the option to check, review, download, and install your router’s new firmware on its administration page. The exact steps depend on your router’s make and model, so check the router manufacturer’s support site for detailed directions.

2. Look for interferences

Routers often compete for airwaves with other household devices. Rival devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens, and baby monitors can impact your Wi-Fi network.

To help you pinpoint issues, do what real tech pros do.

Create an actual Wi-Fi “heat” map of your area using a free tool like HeatMapper. Netspot works for Macs. You can also use an app like the free Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android with a real-time signal strength meter.

3. Change channels

You can also select a different channel for your router. This step is especially helpful if you’re tuned to that 2.4GHz frequency. Moving from one channel to a less crowded one may help speed things up.

To check the optimum 2.4GHz channel for your area or the least used channel, try using a Wi-Fi scanner.

For Macs, Apple provides the free tool Wireless Diagnostics. To access it, hold the Option key while clicking on the Wi-Fi icon on the right-hand side of the menu bar, then choose Open Wireless Diagnostics.

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