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Working from home: 9 tips to boost your home Wi-Fi speed

The coronavirus outbreak has forced most of us to work from our homes. And while working from home, it is critical to have a good Wi-Fi connection. However, many a times, despite having a proper broadband plan, we often find ourselves struggling to get the proper Wi-Fi signal on our devices. So, here are a few things that you can do to fix your Wi-Fi speed

Disconnect all devices you don’t need Wi-Fi on from your router to ensure better speed:To ensure best possible speed for your laptop or any other work device, disconnect all the devices that don’t require to be on Wi-Fi. This will help reduce unnecessary bandwidth consumption.

Router placement in the house matters. Try keeping the Wi-Fi routers slightly away from walls as well as electrical appliances:If practical, try keeping your Wi-Fi router away from walls. As WiFi signals may have trouble penetrating walls.So make sure that the router has some breathing space. Also, if possible, keep it away from metal appliances like refrigerators.

Use multiple SSID with limited bandwidth. This helps provide proper speed allotment to different devices:Create multiple SSID (service set identifier). SSID identifies your Wi-Fi network to users and other Wi-Fi devices. Try to allocate a definite amount of speed to devices. You can assign slightly more bandwidth to your work devices compared to others. This will ensure that it has at least assigned speed all the time.

​Keep your work device on a seperate frequency and do not connect any other device to that frequency:If you are using a dual-band router that offers both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency. Try giving your work device some exclusivity by connecting it to a particular frequency. This helps with the overall Wi-Fi speed and also reduces the interference with other devices.

​Use LAN cable if you can work on close proximity to the router:If your router is nearby or if you’ve got a long LAN cable, then there’s nothing better. When it comes to speed, wired ethernet connections are one of the best.

​​Opt for 5GHz frequency in your dual-band router instead of 2.4GHz for better speed:5GHz offers better overall speed along with the better connection strength in short distance.

Opt for 2.4GHz frequency in your dual-band router to ensure better signal strength in long range:If the distance between your work device and router is more than 10 feet, choose 2.4GHz frequency in the dual band router as that offers better single strength over long distance.

​Use third-party apps to find out Wi-Fi dead zones and avoid working from such spots:Every router has its limitations and dead zones are one of them. No matter how many antennas your router has, there will still be some dead zones. Thankfully, there are several apps that can help you identify those spots.

​Use repeaters and extenders to boost Wi-Fi coverage:
If there are too many dead zones at your home, use repeaters for Wi-Fi signal extenders to boost Wi-Fi coverage.


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