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5 Common Mistakes That Cause Wi-Fi Slowdown

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You don’t have to put up with another year of bad Wi-Fi. These simple, correctable errors could be the source of your poor connection.

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  1. You allow freeloaders to access your network.
    Do you know which devices are using your internet connection? You must fix your Wi-Fi if it is not password protected. Tap or click here for instructions on locating and changing your router’s password.

Or your password is easily guessable, and someone is stealing your internet access.

Wireless Network Watcher on a Windows PC scans your network and displays the IP address, MAC address, name, and manufacturer of computers, tablets, and smartphones detected on your network.

When you launch Wireless Network Watcher, you’ll see a list of all detected devices. You should be able to identify the devices that are connected. When using an iPhone and an Amazon Echo, for example, you may notice devices from Apple and Amazon Technologies.

Who Is On My Wi-Fi on a Mac will show you who is using your Wi-Fi. Some of the connected devices will require some investigation on your part. Look for the manufacturer’s name and description.

If you don’t recognise a device, don’t freak out. Examine your home to see which appliances, TVs, tablets, laptops, and smartphones are connected to Wi-Fi.

Check the list to ensure you recognise everything. If you see devices you don’t recognise, you know someone is connected without permission.

  1. Your router is in the incorrect location.

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Then there’s the issue of deciding where to put your router. Don’t put it on the floor, in a closet, or in a location far from where most internet use occurs.

To get the fastest speeds, position your router near the centre of the room. It would be ideal if you could also mount it on the wall or place it as high as possible. Point your router’s antennas in different directions if it has them.

Other devices can also have an impact on your router. Avoid using it near cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens, or baby monitors.

  1. You do not pay for adequate bandwidth.

Depending on how much you do at home, you may not require lightning-fast internet speeds. If you’re primarily checking email and social media from your phone and streaming content on one device, you’ll be fine with slower speeds.

If your home is filled with smart and connected devices, you’ll need enough bandwidth to keep them running.

To get started, consider the following general guidelines:

• If you only have a few devices connected to your Wi-Fi and primarily use your network for web browsing, a 10 Mbps plan should suffice.

• If you watch a lot of videos and download a lot of media, 25 Mbps should suffice.

• You’ll need at least 100 Mbps for a lot of high-quality streaming and online gaming.

• 500 Mbps will suffice for simultaneous streaming, online gaming, and downloads across multiple devices.

Maintain vigilance over your data cap. If you exceed the cap, your ISP may throttle your speed or even charge you.

  1. You never switch the channel.

Moving your router to a different channel is a simple way to increase your speed. This step is only necessary if you are tuned to the 2.4GHz frequency. Moving from one channel to a less crowded one may help things move faster.

Use a Wi-Fi scanner to determine the best 2.4GHz channel for your area or the least used channel.

Wireless Diagnostics is a free tool provided by Apple for Macs. Hold down the Option key while clicking the Wi-Fi icon on the right side of the menu bar, and then select Open Wireless Diagnostics.

Download NetSpot Wi-Fi Analyzer for Windows. This application, like the Mac’s Scan tool, will instantly provide you with information about the Wi-Fi signals in your area, including the channels they use.

More Wi-Fi analyzer apps for iPhone and Android can be downloaded directly by tapping or clicking here.

  1. Children are downloading a large number of gaming updates and videos.
    When you’re trying to join a video call for work, the last thing you want is your child in the next room downloading a massive game update. This consumes a lot of bandwidth, and you’ll both be frustrated as a result.

To make things run more smoothly, schedule updates and large downloads for 1 a.m., when everyone is or should be asleep.

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