With a few basic changes you can get better performance. If these don’t work, it might be time to upgrade to one of the newer standards.
Having connection or performance issues with your wireless network? Do you have poor or intermittent Wi-Fi signals or poor video or audio streaming? Here I share some tips on increasing Wi-Fi performance. And most don’t even require spending money.
Reposition your router – First try simply moving your wireless router. Ideally you want it placed in the center of your desired coverage area, but keep in mind you’ll probably need to move your modem as well. Moving it to an optimum spot can help increase range and speeds.
If you have cable Internet you can usually simply move your modem/gateway to another cable outlet. DSL modems can also be moved easily to another telephone jack, but if there’s a DSL filter installed on the new jack it should be moved to the old jack.
If you don’t have any cable or telephone jacks in the spot you want to place the router you could consider buying a longer Ethernet cable to run between the modem and router.
You also want to place the router on a high unobstructed spot for optimum range, not buried in or under your desk or other furniture.
Use only one wireless standard – Though the wireless standards (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and soon-to-be 802.11ac) are backward compatible with each other, you should stick with one standard for your router and Wi-Fi devices for best performance. And obviously try to use the latest standard, which supports the highest speeds and best performance.
You can easily upgrade a computer’s wireless adapter, but upgrading other Wi-Fi devices like smartphones and gaming consoles aren’t so easy. If you upgrade your router, consider keeping the old router to support older standards and use the new one just for Wi-Fi devices supporting the latest standards.
For instance if you have a wireless G router, buy a wireless N or AC router to replace it, but then plug the wireless G router into the new router. You can even place them close to each other but make sure they’re set to different channels as far as possible if on the same (2.4GHz or 5GHz) band. Then on the new router, login to the control panel and set it to wireless N or AC only. Therefore Wi-Fi computers and devices with the newer standard will connect to the new router with the best performance possible while others will connect to the older router.