From cozy holiday movie marathons to a houseful of family and friends (and their devices), your Wi-Fi gets a workout during the holidays. Make sure your Wi-Fi is ready for the holidays with these six tips.
1. Update Your Router’s Software.
Router manufacturers are always tweaking software to provide more performance, features and security. Many users forget this step, which can seriously impact your Wi-Fi.
2. Find the Perfect Spot
If you want the best coverage possible, place your router out in the open near the center of your home. Avoid concrete, metal, thick walls and other obstructions.
3. Check Your Frequency
If you have a dual-band router, you’ll get better speed (but less coverage) on the 5GHz band, while the 2.4GHz band offers better coverage (but slower speed). You will likely encounter less interference on the 5GHz band because it’s used less.
4. Change the Channel
Wireless routers can operate on different channels. If your neighbors use the same channel, you’re going to encounter signal congestion. You want yours on a channel with as little interference as possible.
5. Don’t Rely On Old Hardware
If you’re using a router, computer, tablet or phone that’s more than 3-4 years old, you can’t expect the best performance. Older devices, including routers, can’t process today’s fast Internet speeds.
6. Avoid Interference from Appliances
Cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves, and other appliances can mess up your Wi-Fi signal as well. You should move your router away from interfering appliances. If your neighbors use the same channel, you’re going to encounter signal congestion. You want yours on a channel with as little interference as possible.
If this seems overwhelming, Alliance’s NEW Router Support Plan can help!
Dial 611 from any phone with Alliance service or call (605) 582-6311 from your cell phone.