You’ve probably been there before—about 10 seconds away from pulling your hair out and throwing the wifi router at the nearest wall. It’s nothing short of depressing when you’re just finishing off the last of your online work or wholly engrossed in the latest Netflix Original, and then—bam—your wifi signal drops off.
Where does it go? Who knows? All you know is that you’re ready to call it quits with the internet altogether; yet, five seconds later, you’re reconnecting the wifi—grinding your teeth with frustration—but reconnecting, nonetheless.
Things don’t have to be this way, though. There are ways to improve your Wi-Fi connection and decrease those upsetting signal drops.
Here are three simple tips to help you keep your signal secure and reliable:
Buy a new router.
It’s tempting to go out to the nearest big-box retailer and pick up the cheapest router you can find; however, this isn’t such a good idea. Even a £20 difference can do your connection a whole lot of good.
It is good practice to use a router with 802.11ac, which is three times faster than the previous standard. And if you’re willing to spend a little more (about £140), not only will you get yourself a great router with a fast connection but a pretty sweet touchscreen, as well.
Put it out in the open.
Lifehacker says that if your router is obstructed, then the signal will be, too. Don’t keep your router hidden in a cabinet or tucked behind your sofa. Sitting on top of your TV console or bookshelf is more suitable. If at all possible, strategically position your router in the middle of your home to ensure even coverage throughout.
Keep it secure.
It’s relatively easy to hack into other people’s Wi-Fi connection. If people are piggybacking onto your connection, it’s only natural to assume that your connection speed is going to lag. This is why it is essential to keep your router locked uptight. For starters, change the password on your router. Your router will come with a preassigned admin password, and many security experts point this out as a primary culprit of Wi-Fi hijackings.
Secondly, you should always check with your manufacturer for firmware updates and patches. These updates will work to keep your router protected against potential vulnerabilities.
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