There isn't anything more frustrating than a wireless broadband connection making the streaming speed of your favourite television series slower than a tortoise moving uphill. The video pauses sporadically, and the seemingly infinite buffering makes you want to get up and reset the router. It is not always the slow internet connection provided by the wireless broadband network provider that is causing the trouble. Sometimes, it is just the hardware going haywire, bad wiring, or the processor faults. Luckily, there are certain things that are within your control. Upon suffering the tragic slow wireless broadband connection even after testing the connection speed, which seems to be okay, here are some simple strategies that will help you resuscitate the fast proverbial connection speeds;
Not securing you wireless broadband with a password allows random people to connect to your network without your knowledge. As a consequence, the internet speed will suffer while compromising the security of your network. Make sure that your wireless broadband routers are password protected. Most data network providers supply you with a password protected router. However, if yours still isn’t protected, you will have to manually enter the IP address of the router in the web browser. Typically, the IP address is printed on the router itself. You may have to log into the system, the username and the password for login are also be printer on the router. Just in case, the information is not on the router, call your service provider and follow the instructions.
Make sure that you are using the latest version of the browser to surf the internet. The web browsers get updated frequently. Therefore, having the latest version of the web will minimizes the time your browser takes to load pages. You switch to different browser altogether if the browser is persistently slow. For instance, most people switch from Internet Explorer to Chrome and Firefox to boost the connection. Clearing the browser history also helps in boosting the broadband connection.
Wireless signals get blocked by thick walls. So you may consider positioning the broadband router at a location where there is a lot of space, and lesser obstacles in the way. Furthermore, it is important to know that placing the router near metallic objects and television as these would scatter and distort the wireless signals. Make sure that the router is placed at a height and not on the floor.
Also known as home plugs, power powerline adapters are devices that are able to create wireless hotspots in places with plug sockets. These are the easiest solution to boost the broadband connectivity to every room of your house. Although these are not cheap, powerline networking works miracles. The basic concept behind these adapters is that instead of running the internet connection wires all across the house, the already present electrical wires transmitting the power, concealed within the walls are effectively used to connect your wireless devices with the broadband router. In simpler terms, they are just an alternative means for your devices to get connected with the router. Powerline adapters bridge the coverage problem within the household as well as connect your smart devices without built in wireless connection through a reliable and fast Ethernet cable to the routers.
Most of the wireless broadband routers have antennas. The wireless signals must be perpendicular to the internal antenna of the device. Ideally going for a router with a vertical/perpendicular antenna will improve the connectivity issues. This is because the internal antennas of laptops are horizontal. However, the desktop PCs still have vertical antenna. The internal antenna of the mobile data hungry devices change the position depending upon the way you hold the device — landscape or portrait mode. As long as the antennas of the router are perpendicular with the device you want to connect it with, you will get a solid internet connection.
It is quite possible that the old hardware of the router is holding it from providing seamless connection. Upgrading the router will allow you access to faster speeds even in the rooms that are far from the broadband device. Nowadays, routers have multiple antennas, which provide a greater range of connection than the old routers. So if your router is already a few years old, it is time to swap it with a newer one. You may contact your service provide you with a new one.
In most cases, there are applications running on your devices which make use of the bandwidth discreetly. System updates, Skype, Spotify, and BBC iPlayer, and other application may slow down the connection even if you are not using them presently. In order to reduce the connection overhead, you may change the settings so that they do not run automatically. You may open the task manager on the personal computers to determine the applications that you are not using currently and close them. Here is how you can go to the task manager and shut down the application;
Network service providers also give their consumers the flexibility to switch between different wireless channels. This means that if you constantly suffer from low speed on 2.4GHz transmission, you may switch to the 5GHz transmission channel. Simply using a different transmission channel than your neighbours also helps in boosting the broadband speeds as it would reduce the interference. You may refer to the instruction manual of the router to change the transmission speeds manually.
Wireless repeaters are devices that amplify the signals to increase the coverage of the network. The repeaters, also known as Wi-Fi extenders receive the signals, amplify it and then transmit the boosted signal. Repeaters allow you to boost the coverage two times than the previous coverage area.