Whether you use a desktop computer or laptop at home, no gadget would be complete without the existence of Wi-Fi. In fact, Wi-Fi is so important that without it, your gadget is as useless as a junk. But having Wi-Fi alone isn’t enough. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, everyone demands faster and stronger Wi-Fi signal. Imagine how frustrated you are going to be when you forced to live through sluggish Wi-Fi signal as you multi-task on your laptop –browsing the internet, listening to Spotify and downloading Blu-Ray copy of a movie using BitTorrent at the same time. If you are one of those who simply can’t bear buffering YouTube videos, there are numerous ways to counter against slow Wi-Fi speeds and poor reception. Here are the useful tips below:
1. Locate A Sweet Spot For Your Router
Do you find your Wi-Fi connection behaving erratically? There are times when Wi-Fi can be as fast as a rabbit but goes as slow as a tortoise at other times. If that’s the case, try moving your router around until you get the best signal. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to go as far as climbing onto the rooftop. The most ideal place to boost your Wi-Fi signal is the one free of barriers or obstacles. Some of the examples include doors, walls and huge furniture like couch or TV cabinet. Also, make sure the two antennas of your router are facing upward. In addition to that, the router should be placed in a high position such as the top of the file cabinet or wardrobe to allow you to get desirable coverage.
2. Update Network Adapter
Whether you are using wired or wireless internet service, network adapter is one of the most important plug-in components that allow a computer/laptop to transfer and receive data on a local network. It is crucial that this network adapter needs to be updated from time to time. To make sure you are getting the latest update, go to Control Panel. From there, click on System and select Device Manager. You may find a list of network adapters but you only choose the driver related to the internet connection. Finally, go to Driver and click Update Driver to determine whether your network adapter is running on the latest version or not.
3. Avoid Piggy Begging
In a general term, piggyback refers to a person carries another person (e.g. a child or a girl) on the back. But piggybacking is an internet slang when someone (typically an unauthorised user) steals or hack into your Wi-Fi connection. Piggybacking can also cause your internet speed to drop. To prevent this from happening, it is important to create your own Wi-Fi password or passkey through network security key and ensures your home/personal network is set to “WPA2-Personal” under Security Type. Otherwise, your internet connection is insecure if the Security Type is set under “No authentication (Open)”.
4. Boost Your Wifi
If your Wi-Fi connection frequently receives weak signal, you can consider investing on Wi-Fi booster. Otherwise known as extender or repeater, it is a type of adapter that helps to revitalise or strengthen your Wi-Fi signal throughout your home across different floors. One of the popular brands you can find is TP-LINK Powerline Adapter. However, TP-LINK Powerline Adapter or any other brand that sells Wi-Fi booster doesn’t come cheap since it typically cost you more than RM100+.
5. Optimise Your Browswer
Have you noticed that certain browsers respond slower than the other? This is especially true when your browser is filled with unnecessary add-ons, plug-ins and extensions. Try to disable them if not in use. If you find surfing with Firefox browser is often lagging, try switching to another browser. Finally, if you watch an online video, consider downloading AdBlock Plus – a free-to-use software that eliminates annoying pop-up ads and thus boost your surfing experience.