Searching for A Computer Fixer Because of Your Wifi? 9 Troubleshooting Tips
Frustrated and wanting to call your Little Computer People computer fixer because your WiFi doesn’t work properly? Yes. It is a problem that plagues many a computer owner in Richmond and Sydney. Don’t worry though! Our in-house computer fixers can help.
Do you remember when the mobile phone came out? Ok so maybe you were too young. How about the day the SmartWatch turned up? It was great! Suddenly you could catch your calls on the go. Okay, so these inventions are fantastic and all, but the one greatest and the best invention of the last 20 years was WiFi. None of us could live without it. WiFi is definitely one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet. No one wants to live tethered to the wall but working with WiFi can also be very frustrating. It can mean you experience slow speeds, poor reception, WiFi drops and more. So if you’re plagued with these problems here are 10 ways to energize your WiFi signal. Look through them and if you still have problems call in one of our computer fixing specialists.
1. Use The Latest and Greatest
A great way to make your network reliable is to use the latest hardware. The main thing to pay attention to here is those Wireless A, B, G, N or older wireless standards with AC being the latest and greatest. What am I saying? If your router is older than a year or two, it’s time to call in a computer fixer and get it upgraded.
So Which Do You Get?
Interesting question, so let me answer back with another question, how do you use the internet, and how many people are on the network? If you stream video to devices using Chromecast and smartphones, you need a wireless AC connection to prevent video stuttering or crashes. The next greatest router will be the AX and is due out by 2019.
Here is the catch though: If you use a wireless AC router you also need a device networking card or a USB dongle with wireless AC support. This will optimize your speed.
2. Add To the Router’s Strength
We love all the stuff in the home. Every computer fixer on our team has at least a few of the cool home smart devices. But you have to know; Those gizmos need a strong WiFi signal that flows throughout the house. But if your router is not so great and the signal seems to diminish the further away you get from the router you might want to consider getting a wireless extender or a mesh network router.
Companies such as Google, Luma or Eero now have mesh network routers on the market. These are smaller routers you place in different areas of your home to place a full WiFi blanket over the entire house.
This network works with one base stations with other router devices plugged into other points of the home. These new systems have an easy setup process that can even be completed through a smartphone application to allow you to monitor your network.
2. Find the Perfect Place for Your Router
We know. We know. Routers are ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide it behind the TV or in the cupboard. If you want a great signal, you need it to be in open space. If that optimal location does not have a table or surface where you can place the router, check to see if you can wall mount it. Most new routers have pre-installed mounting holes or a mounting bracket. Use some common sense here and place it somewhere in the centre of the home.
3. Find the Right Wireless Channel
Check to make sure your neighbours are not using a channel that will interfere with your router. It causes the signal to degrade. All routers can operate on different channels with as little interference as possible. You can even use tools like WiFi Analyzer or Network Analyzer Lite.
4. Get Rid of the Interference
Routers from your neighbours are not the only things that interfere with the signal. Cordless phones, microwaves and appliances can also interfere. To prevent this from happening, buy a dual band router or purchase your cordless phones on other bands. Another option is to try moving your existing router further from appliances that interfere with the signal.
5. Beware of the Wi-Fi Thieves
There are a number of ways to protect your WiFi Connection from attackers and prying neighbours. The easiest way to take care of this problem is to use proper password protection.
6. Control Applications that Hog the Bandwidth
If you regularly use video chatting apps, play online games, use torrents or services like Netflix, you have to check to see how much bandwidth they are taking up. These apps can make your internet slower. The easiest way to prevent these apps from hogging up all the internet, talk to everyone who uses the WiFi signal in the house. Ask them to close out these applications when they finish using them.
Little Tricks that Can Increase Your Wi-Fi Range
So nothing seems to work and you still can’t afford to pick up the phone and call a mobile computer repair person from Little Computer people, what do you do? If your router still isn’t reaching far enough you can try to extend it using a few simple tricks. Try the old beer can or cooking strainer trick. Just cut a piece of aluminium out of the canand placed around the back of the antenna to extend the signal. Use the cooking strainer for portable WiFi devices. You won’t get incredible results with these tips but it may extend your signal a bit, just until you can call us to purchase an extender or new router.
Only for computer whiz kids. This is not something you want to try as a novice. However, if computers are your thing, you can look for an old router lying around the house and make it into an extender by installing the DD-WRT firmware. Doing this will also give you a ton of security features as well. But again, I have to reiterate, this can be dangerous for your router.
9. Set the Router to Update and Reboot Periodically
If you have to reboot your router frequently you can run a few tests to make sure that the reboot is not caused by heat or old firmware. A good way to prevent these problems is to make it reboot once a day or so. You can do this by placing an outlet timer on the router so it does it automatically.
So there you have it. These are the best ways to keep your home WiFi working at its best. Need more help. Give us a call. We help small businesses and home users create better computer connections to improve their workflow or entertainment use.