How To Improve Poor Wireless (WiFi) Performance

As some people say, there is nothing worse than having no WiFi; except maybe for having a poor performing one! To clarify WiFi is the name of wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high speed Internet and network connections.

Do you experience poor wireless performance?  Here are some tips on how to improve the quality of your wireless:

  • One of the most common reasons for poor wireless performance is using a congested “channel”. Most users leave their wireless router settings to automatically choose the channel it broadcasts its signals on. This could create channel congestion if several routers in nearby locations are using same channel. Changing the setting to a specific channel can boost your wireless coverage.

  • The location of the router can make all the difference! Try to place your wireless router near the center of your office/ house but at the same time away from obstacles like brick walls.

  • Does your router use 5GHz frequency?  If it uses older standards such as 2.4GHz it might be time to upgrade.

  • Do you have other devices that maybe interfering? Remember, WiFi uses radio waves like many other devices. Mobiles, cordless phones, microwaves, Bluetooth devices, etc can be interfering with your wireless signal, even if your device is showing full WiFi signal.

  • Make sure the router firmware and your wireless network adapter drivers are up to date. Sometimes, this is all you need!

  • You might need to install a wireless repeater to boost your signal.

  • Be aware that WiFi uses a half-duplex system. This means it cannot send and receive at the same time. So, sometimes, based on your needs, a wired connection might be your best option.

  • WiFi uses a protocol called 802.11. Older types of wireless devices used 802.11a, b or g. Newer devices use 802.11n/ac which is more reliable and much faster. Make sure your router, as well as your network adapters, on various devices you use, are at least 802.11n or newer.

  • Do you have “chatty” programs running in the background on your computer? Dropbox, Torrent programs, Netflix and several other programs are constantly communicating with the Cloud, which might slow down your connection, depending on the size of data being transferred back and forth.

  • Are you getting the internet speed you are paying for? Test your internet speed using a wired connection. It could be an Internet related issue which has nothing to do with wireless performance.

I hope these tips will help to boost the performance of your WiFi.  Of course, if you need further assistance please contact us at Mantralogix at 1-866-320-8922 and we’d be happy to help!

Interested in other ways to improve your overall performance? Take a look at our other blogs:

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