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10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems
 

 
1. Update your router’s firmware

The reason to do this step is twofold. First, you can take advantage of any additional features and improvements of the new version of the firmware. Second, your router usually receives any important security updates.

Usually, you will have the option to check, review, download, and install your router’s new firmware on its administration page. The exact steps depend on your router’s make and model, so check the router manufacturer’s support site for detailed directions.

Not sure how to access your router’s administrator settings to do the update? Click here for the easiest way to find your router’s password and IP address.
(visit this link https://www.komando.com/c .. s-and-password)

2. Look for interferences

Routers often compete for airwaves with other household devices. Rival devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens, and baby monitors can impact your Wi-Fi network.

To help you pinpoint issues, you can create an actual Wi-Fi “heat” map of your area using a free tool like HeatMapper. By the way, Netspot works for Macs. You can also use an app like the free Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android that has a real-time signal strength meter.

3. Change channels

You can also select a different channel for your router. This is especially helpful if you’re tuned to that 2.4GHz frequency. Moving from one channel to a less crowded one may help speed things up.

To check the optimum 2.4GHz channel for your area or the least used channel, try using a Wi-Fi scanner.

For Macs, Apple provides a free tool called “Wireless Diagnostics.” To access it, hold the Option key while clicking on the Wi-Fi icon on the right-hand side of the menu bar, then choose Open Wireless Diagnostics.

For Windows, download the free Wi-Fi utility, Acrylic Wi-Fi Home(visit this link https://www.komando.com/d .. r-home-network). Similar to the Mac’s Scan tool, this application will instantly give you information about the Wi-Fi signals in your area including the channels they utilize.

For Android users, there are a many Wi-Fi scanning tools available, but a popular one is Network Analyzer.

4. Put the kids and guests on their own network and enable QoS

Parents can put their kids’ devices on a separate network and establish special rules and settings. This can help keep the kids out of trouble on the web, and it eases the burden on your bandwidth.

You can set up a different Wi-Fi router, or you can simply enable your router’s “Guest Network” option. You can also set up a different network name (SSID) and password for the guest network to avoid confusion with your main network.

Guest networks are meant for visitors to your home who might need a Wi-Fi internet connection yet keeps your shared files private. This segregation will also work for your smart appliances and shield your main devices from Internet of Things attacks.

You can also use QoS (Quality of Service). QoS is a feature on some routers that will let you prioritize traffic according to the type of data getting transmitted.

You could set latency-sensitive applications like Skype, IP telephony, streaming media, and online gaming to have higher priority over other types of activity. If you prioritize Skype, for example, other software will down, ensuring your call is smooth.

Different routers have different ways of handling QoS, and most consumer-level routers have more simplified ways of enabling it by having presets available. Just check your router’s support site for information on what each one does.

5. Get an updated router

If you’re in the market for a new router and you want improved Wi-Fi speeds and reach across your home or office, aim for at least an 802.11 N or AC router with dual or triple band capabilities.

AC routers have a maximum spectral bandwidth of around 8 x 160 MHz, compared to the 4 x 40 MHz standard of N routers. In other words, the increased bandwidth allows more data to be transmitted without slowing down.

Additionally, by having multi-bands, you could keep older 2.4GHz devices on their own bands while keeping newer devices that support the latest Wi-Fi standards on the higher bands. This is like having multiple routers in one.

Newer AC routers also have advanced features not found in older routers. Look for specifications like beamforming, Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO), multiple USB 3.0 connectors and Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Some top-of-the-line routers are even starting to roll out support for the newer AD protocol, also known as Wi-Gig.

6. Try a Mesh network

If you have a large house or office space that require consistent network speeds, a mesh Wi-Fi network is worth the money. Unlike standard Wi-Fi routers that require extenders for added reach, next-generation mesh routers are designed to spread a Wi-Fi network’s coverage through multiple access points.

These systems usually come in sets of two or three separate units that work together to envelop your home or office with Wi-Fi coverage. As far as your gadgets are concerned, the Wi-Fi mesh is one big continuous Wi-Fi network.

7. Check your security

When unauthorized devices mooch your Wi-Fi, it slows down your network. But even the type of wireless security you use can impact your overall speed.

First off, if your network is Open (no security) or uses WEP, change the security setting immediately. Obviously, an open network will make it easy for someone to steal your Wi-Fi, and the older WEP security is easily hacked.

This leaves you with WPA, WPA2 with TKIP or WPA2 with AES.

WPA and TKIP are older protocols and are now considered insecure. The way to go is WPA2 with AES.

8. Change location

Another important factor that affects your Wi-Fi network’s connectivity is its physical location. Try placing your router as close to the center of your home as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep it elevated and free from any physical obstructions like furniture and appliances.

You may also avoid reflective surfaces like glass, mirrors, and metal because Wi-Fi signals tend to bounce off these types of materials. Walls, especially those made of concrete, can also severely degrade your Wi-Fi signal.

You may even adjust your router’s antennas. Your router’s antenna is omnidirectional, so the signal goes every direction equally. If you put your router along an outside wall, you’re sending half your signal outside.

If your house is too big for a single router, you may need a boost. For distance issues, try installing Wi-Fi extenders around your house to boost your network’s range.

9. Choose the right band

Wi-Fi bands are not created equal. If you have a newer router, check to see if it supports the 5GHz band. Newer N or AC routers typically support this band. Unlike B/G routers that only transmit on the crowded 2.4GHz spectrum, N and AC routers could transmit on 5GHz as well.

Newer routers usually have dual-band capability. By enabling dual bands, you could keep older devices that only support the slower G specification on the 2.4GHz band and newer devices on the beefier and speedier 5GHz band. This is essentially like having two routers in one.

10. Reboot your router

Most users have to reboot their cable or DSL modem from time to time. If your network seems sluggish, unplug both gadgets for at least 30 seconds. Plug in the modem first and wait for it to come fully online. Then turn on your router. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

35 comments for "10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems"
 7 months ago '04        #2
Tha754kid 1 heat pts
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Good sh*t

 7 months ago '06        #3
fabfob 3 heat pts
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6. Mesh network. Probably my best investment.

 7 months ago '14        #4
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Bro this thread could not have come at a better time...

My situation is I have my desktop wired to my router which seems plenty fast but wifi is super slow. I do the speed test on my phone/tablet and the results should be plenty for browsing but i got something going on within my router that limits my internet when using a web browser.

Troubleshoot:

1. Called my provider in which they ensured me everything was working up to par

2. I can watch youtube at 1080p but browsing is super slow

3. I've tinkered with the setting like change channels, change sercurity, and of course reboot.

4. I thought maybe I got some kind of maleware/spyware from visiting "those" sights but using my mobile service is times faster than wifi.

I think I may have developed a static ip address? but do not know how to change or fix the problem. Also I want to buy another router or more specifically do a modem setup with a router separately as I read that then modem/router combo are trash but dont want to spend that amount of money for something that may or may not work. Also I will check on how to update my router but if anyone has something to add your advice would be much obliged...



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 7 months ago '06        #5
realgunta 794 heat pts794
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 fabfob said
6. Mesh network. Probably my best investment.
i been thinking of switching to a mesh network for a while now.

Which one do you have?

 7 months ago '14        #6
agriffiths 
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I have a smaller house with 100meg internet and everything worked fine for like a year after we first moved in. I'm talking fast as fu*k, no issues. Then out of no where I couldn't do anything on any device. I called Comcast (that's all they have in my area) twice and the first time they came out and replaced something and the next time they updated sh*t. sh*t still didn't work right either times so I jumped in my router and deleted the 5.0 channel. Since then everything has been running smooth. Maybe every like 6 months I need to reset it but (knock on wood) everything has been great even streaming (usually) 3 or 4 devices. The wife just graduated and when she gets a job and we have extra cash I'm gonna beef up my sh*t and get my own router/set up a beast home network.

 7 months ago '06        #7
fabfob 3 heat pts
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 realgunta said
i been thinking of switching to a mesh network for a while now.

Which one do you have?
I purchased a mesh Wi-Fi router called Amplify HD. It comes with the base and 2 extenders $349. Great coverage and provides enough signals to the spotty areas in my home.

 7 months ago '09        #8
All Star Flow 4 heat pts
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I noticed a lot of people have been having trouble with WiFi not being as fast or not connecting, sure could be a number of things described in the lists above
But personally I think it’s a change in the magnetic fields around us. The sh*t that we cant see might be fu*king sh*t up. Just a crazy theory

 7 months ago '15        #9
2Cold 499 heat pts499
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running on that young 25 megs
:giggity:

 7 months ago '15        #10
Kden 59 heat pts59
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11) put sand in your router

Im a network technician, trust me.

 7 months ago '11        #11
Slingy 59 heat pts59
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Checking and changing channels is so important. Especially in apartments

 7 months ago '15        #12
416recklezz 22 heat pts22
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wifi range extender >>>

didn't see it on the list, but having this in my house upstairs made such a big improvement

 7 months ago '16        #13
OgieOgilthorpe6 
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perhaps you can help me.....my signal strength is great, but my internet will go into limited connection status at least once a day, all dlink has told me is to switch the channel its on and it hasnt fixed the issue yet.

when this happens i have to reboot the router. However the next day ill be using the internet and boom it just drops out so i gotta reboot it again.

 7 months ago '16        #14
OgieOgilthorpe6 
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 rashadd said
Bro this thread could not have come at a better time...

My situation is I have my desktop wired to my router which seems plenty fast but wifi is super slow. I do the speed test on my phone/tablet and the results should be plenty for browsing but i got something going on within my router that limits my internet when using a web browser.

Troubleshoot:

1. Called my provider in which they ensured me everything was working up to par

2. I can watch youtube at 1080p but browsing is super slow

3. I've tinkered with the setting like change channels, change sercurity, and of course reboot.

4. I thought maybe I got some kind of maleware/spyware from visiting "those" sights but using my mobile service is times faster than wifi.

I think I may have developed a static ip address? but do not know how to change or fix the problem. Also I want to buy another router or more specifically do a modem setup with a router separately as I read that then modem/router combo are trash but dont want to spend that amount of money for something that may or may not work. Also I will check on how to update my router but if anyone has something to add your advice would be much obliged...



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if you havnt made sure you have the newest firmware do that first. If you havnt done it yet plug a device directly into the modem without the router to ensure your isp is running properly. Once you have done these two things you can get into more complex troubleshooting.

 7 months ago '16        #15
OgieOgilthorpe6 
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 Slingy said
Checking and changing channels is so important. Especially in apartments
i know how to change the channel but what you mean with check the channels?

 7 months ago '06        #16
fabfob 3 heat pts
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 OgieOgilthorpe6 said
i know how to change the channel but what you mean with check the channels?
Think walkie talkies, it needs to be on the same channel to communicate. In apartment or apartment buildings channel 3 can be flooded with multiole users which can cause inference or degraded speeds. If you have access inside your router you can manually adjust to a channel. By default it's on auto.

 7 months ago '16        #17
OgieOgilthorpe6 
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 fabfob said
Think walkie talkies, it needs to be on the same channel to communicate. In apartment or apartment buildings channel 3 can be flooded with multiole users which can cause inference or degraded speeds. If you have access inside your router you can manually adjust to a channel. By default it's on auto.
i was told to check 1 9 and 11 for my isp, this hasnt changed anything as of yet, is there anything else that can cause the signal to just drop. Just to be clear it will never recover on its own its needs to be reset, and when it is working the speed is great, to me the speed should be affected if im being pushed out by other routers, so imo it has to be some other setting.

 7 months ago '11        #18
Slingy 59 heat pts59
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 OgieOgilthorpe6 said
i was told to check 1 9 and 11 for my isp, this hasnt changed anything as of yet, is there anything else that can cause the signal to just drop. Just to be clear it will never recover on its own its needs to be reset, and when it is working the speed is great, to me the speed should be affected if im being pushed out by other routers, so imo it has to be some other setting.
Those are the main ones. If you have android get wifi analyzer and it will check all the channels then pick one with the least amount of people

 7 months ago '10        #19
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 realgunta said
i been thinking of switching to a mesh network for a while now.

Which one do you have?
I snatched up a eero, has worked pretty flawlessly for me so far over the past 2 months or so. Do some research on it!

 7 months ago '04        #20
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 7 months ago '11        #21
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 All Star Flow said
I noticed a lot of people have been having trouble with WiFi not being as fast or not connecting, sure could be a number of things described in the lists above
But personally I think it’s a change in the magnetic fields around us. The sh*t that we cant see might be fu*king sh*t up. Just a crazy theory
Your right. I work for xfinity and see all different types of sh*t fu*king the internet up like using the microwave, leaving electrical devices at the same level as your router, I even seen where a customers neighbors satellite was jamming the signal

 7 months ago '04        #22
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 fabfob said
6. Mesh network. Probably my best investment.
Just copped an Orbi about a month ago no problems since.

 7 months ago '15        #23
Kden 59 heat pts59
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Bridge your old routers


 7 months ago '04        #24
Mc Mastamind 
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Forget mesh, one Ubiquiti uap-ac-lr will cover most homes. Basically a commercial router made for home. Costs less than mesh too!

 7 months ago '11        #25
Slingy 59 heat pts59
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look into powerline networking. Run ethernet from router into a plug in the wall, plug the second one somewhere in the house and it runs the internet through the electrical lines.

 7 months ago '17        #26
Enigmatic1 342 heat pts342 OP
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My intentions of posting this article was because it was interesting..yet reading ya'll comments seeing how knowledgeable ya'll are as well as other threads with knowledgeable posters...I'm amazed because I know nothing and am so ignorant. I don't know if ya'll had fathers or what drove ya'll to attain the knowledge but I didn't have a father and good support system and feel so idiotic at my age.

 7 months ago '04        #27
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Use "Inssider" to check the traffic on each channel. It will have the neighboring wifi channels as well so u can move yours to a less crowded channel.


Idk about this pay stuff. You can find the free version out there.


 6 months ago '05        #28
arkansas@$$hole 2 heat pts
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Reserving for when I get back home!

 6 months ago '04        #29
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Got the Google WiFi mesh set up a couple weeks ago. sh*t is so clutch

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 Kden said
11) put sand in your router

Im a network technician, trust me.
Will miracle grow work? I have heard it helps with growing the speed.




Edit: I used miracle grow and every time I connect to the internet now I actually time travel

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