Struggling to stream? Email like a snail? Online games going up in flames? If you want to improve your Wi-Fi signal, you’re in the right place! We’ve got the easy steps you need to improve your Wi-Fi signal right now. So sit back, take a deep breath and find out everything you need to know to start enjoying your internet again.
Check the Connection with Ethernet
Before we dive into how to improve Wi-Fi signal, we need to make sure that your connection is functioning correctly. To do that, you’ll need an Ethernet cable and a desktop or laptop computer with an Ethernet port. Simply connect your computer to the router with the cable and perform a SpeedTest. Then, unplug the cable and perform the test again using the Wi-Fi connection. If you’re getting similar results when in the same room as the router but not in other rooms then we can start to dive into improving your Wi-Fi signal.
Location, Location, Location
Just like all the best real estate agents will remind you – location is super important – and the same is true for your Wi-Fi router! Every time your Wi-Fi signal has to travel through a wall or floor, it will lose strength. So, placing it in the centre of your apartment or house will reduce the number of walls the signal has to push through before reaching your laptop, TV, or smartphone. Positioning your router strategically like this will help to eliminate a lot of dead zones but if your property is really big, a mesh Wi-Fi network may be the answer. Faircom Fibre Advice: Don’t put your router on or behind appliances like microwave ovens, fridges, or TVs.
Have You Tried Turning It Off, and On Again?
We know, we know… You’ve heard it a million times by now and at this point the advice is almost a joke. But there’s a reason turning it off, and on again has become a cliché. It’s good advice! Power cycling the router every once in a while may help improve your connectivity by flushing the cache. This won’t actually improve Wi-Fi signal, but it may help improve overall router performance. Additionally, the best modern routers (like the free-to-use routers from Faircom) come with automatic channel cycling. Basically, Wi-Fi bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) are divided into different channels. For 2.4 GHz there are 11 channels and for 5 GHz there are 45 channels. These channels can be thought of as lanes on a highway – when there are too many cares in one lane it can get pretty jammed. When the router is restarted, it automatically switches to the least congested channel so you don’t have to battle with interference.
My Wi-Fi Still Sucks – Help!
Never fear! Faircom Fibre support is here! If you’re struggling to solve the issue yourself, the Faircom support ninjas will stop at nothing to help you improve Wi-Fi signal. Get in touch with us and we’ll do what we do best, so you can get back to enjoying the best fibre on the block.