Suffering from buffering? It’s time for a Wi-Fi check-up. Start by calling your Internet service provider to make sure you are signed up for adequate Mbps for your needs. If you are, the following tips will maximise service.
1. Power On/Off
The first thing IT support suggest is unplugging and restarting your modem (the box connecting your home to the Internet) and router (the box that gives you Wi-Fi). In some cases, the modem has a built-in router.
2. Avoid Interference
Microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones can all interfere with your Wi-Fi. Unplug any devices you don’t use. Your neighbour’s service might also slow down your connection. Check your router’s setting to make sure it looks for the least-crowded channels.
3. Upgrade and Update
Look on the bottom of your router. It should have an 802.11n or 802.11ac standard (for Wi-Fi compatibility). If not, upgrade or update the firmware (built-in software).
4. Locate It
Wi-Fi is like real estate: Location is everything. For best coverage, put your router in a central location. Avoid brick or concrete walls.
5. Boost It
If you have buffering or dead spots (areas where Wi-Fi is weak) consider a Wi-Fi booster.