5 Ways to Improve Your Home Wi-Fi

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Maximize Your Home’s Wi-Fi Potential With These Easy Tips

Having strong and reliable Wi-Fi connections at home is essential, especially if you work from home or take online courses. This is because so much of our daily life depends on having a good Wi-Fi signal, including entertainment, communication, and using smart home devices. Alternatively, a slow or spotty Wi-Fi connection can be frustrating and disrupt to your daily activities.

Read this blog to learn five easy ways to improve your Charlotte, NC, home’s Wi-Fi performance. 

SEE ALSO: 5 Tips to Protect Your Home Network from Cybersecurity Threats

1. Router Position

Where you place your home’s Wi-Fi router can significantly impact the signal sent throughout your home. Therefore, it’s best to place the router in a central location in your home, away from walls or other obstructions. Ideally, you would set the router on a high shelf or mount it on a wall for the best reach. 

Is there anywhere you shouldn’t place your router?

  • Avoid installing it near metal objects, microwaves, or other devices that emit electromagnetic waves.
  • Avoid placing your router in a basement or attic, as the signal can be weakened by thick walls or flooring.

2. Update Firmware

Your router should be programmed using a type of software called firmware, which requires frequent updates to improve performance, fix bugs, and work with new features. Firmware can also help protect your device from security concerns. Check your router manufacturer's website for the latest firmware updates and follow the instructions to install it. Some routers have built-in update features that will automatically install updates as they become available.

3. Upgrade Your Router

If your router is several years old, it may be time to upgrade. We can help you review the latest router models and find the one that best meets your needs. The newest routers have faster speeds, better coverage, and more advanced features like guest networks and parental controls. Also, consider upgrading to one that supports the latest version of Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6) for the best performance.

4. Add Wi-Fi Extenders or Mesh Network

If your home is large and you have areas with a noticeably weaker Wi-Fi signal, using a Wi-Fi extender or mesh network structure can help improve your experience. Wi-Fi extenders are devices that amplify the Wi-Fi signal to extend its range, while mesh networks use multiple routers or access points to create a Wi-Fi network that provides coverage throughout your home. If you’re unsure which option would be best for your home, contact us for a recommendation.

5. Optimize 

There are many more things you can do to improve the performance of your home Wi-Fi network; however, some of them can be pretty technical. Our network specialists would love to consult with you on ways to improve performance in your Charlotte, NC, home. 

 

Whether streaming, gaming, or working from home, a strong and reliable home Wi-Fi network is essential for daily living. Don’t hesitate to contact our expert team at The Integrated Home for guidance and support.

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