In a world where our favorite videos, music and games are just right at our fingertips, files can be shared in an instant and our loved ones are just a chat or video call a way, having your own WiFi connection is definitely a necessity.
However, did you know that there are a lot of factors that affect your overall WiFi experience? Yup, not everything is about your broadband provider.
If you’re experiencing fast WiFi connection at one part of your house, but intermittent or slow connection at another area of your home, you may be dealing with a WiFi dead spot — a corner or place where WiFi signals can hardly pass through.
The good news: WiFi dead spots are common and there are ways to fix them, so you won’t have to lose your connection while streaming your favorite series, enjoying your favorite game, sending an important file, or video-calling your loved ones.
Here are five fixes you can try to solve your WiFi woes at home:
Adjust the position of your WiFi router. Make sure your router is as close to the window as possible to ensure best signal. Did you know that typical household items and fixtures can also cause signal interference? Metal objects, microwave ovens, LED lights, concrete walls and dividers and even moisture from plant pots, flower vases, air-conditioners, or an open bathroom door — can weaken WiFi signals. Whenever possible, position your router away from these potential signal blockers.
Check how many devices are connected to your WiFi. Bandwidth—heavy activities like video streaming or online gaming require a lot of bandwidth, which may affect your overall WiFi performance. You should also check for ‘kapit WiFi’ aka unauthorized WiFi moochers. Change your password regularly and hide the name of your WiFi so you can monitor who uses your connection.
Double-check if you’re properly connected to your network. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of checking if you have joined the right network, if your device is within range, or if your device’s WiFi settings are properly turned on.
Upgrade your router’s software or hardware. It’s not just your device that needs software upgrade. Even your router needs regular upgrades, so you can get optimum speed. You may also want to consider replacing your router to get the latest and most efficient version.
Consider investing in a mesh network system to boost your WiFi performance. A mesh network system is an advanced and smart digital solution that addresses WiFi dead spots. A mesh network is connected to a single network, with multiple relays connecting to one another. This simply means that you do not rely on one router to transmit signal, so you can connect to the node with the best signal. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Aside from ensuring consistent connection quality at home, a mesh network system can enable you to manage bandwidth allocation and internet use, among others.
Remember: WiFi does not have to be complex. By understanding how it works, you can make the most out of your connectivity and truly enjoy the perks of digitally-powered home.