BOOST YOUR Wi-Fi CONNECTION AT HOME
There’s nothing more frustrating than playback pauses while you’re streaming your favourite series. Prevent your network from slowing down with these tips. • DON’T HIDE THE ROUTER: Walls and doors can degrade signal strength. Place the router in a central area in your home on a table or bookshelf. Some routers project a Wi-Fi signal downward; placing it higher distributes the signal evenly.
• REBOOT: Most issues can be resolved by regularly resetting or rebooting your router or modem. • KEEP THE ROUTER AWAY FROM METAL OBJECTS: Microwaves, fluorescent lights and even your neighbours’ routers may interfere with your signal, so place your router away from appliances (metal absorbs signal strength). • ADJUST THE ANTENNAE: Wi-Fi works best when the signal is parallel to a device’s internal antenna, which is horizontal in laptops and vertical in desktop computers. Keep the router’s antennae perpendicular to each other to ensure a stable connection between your home network and your devices.
• Wi-Fi SPEEDS: If too many people are using heavy bandwidth at the same time, such as playing online video games and watching Netflix, the network will slow down for everyone. • GET A RANGE EXTENDER: Most routers have a range of about 45 metres, so devices that are in rooms further away from it might take longer to connect. A Wi-Fi repeater plugs into an outlet, and increases signal range and strength to the furthest parts of your home.