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10. Use The Latest Wi-Fi Technologies
One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and
reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. We’ve gone through
the basics of router hardware before, so check out the first lesson of our networking Night School
for the full lowdown. The main thing you need to know: Wireless A, B,
and G are old and slow, and wireless N will give you the fastest speeds
around. Note that you’ll need both a wireless N router and a wireless N
card in your computer if you want the full speed boost.
9. Find The Perfect Spot For Your Router
Routers may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them
behind the TV cabinet. If you want the best signal, you’ll need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. Point the antennas vertically, and elevate the router if you can (one reader found that his attic was the perfect spot). Lastly, make sure its in the centre of your house, so you have the best coverage possible throughout your home. Image: Oliver Bruchez.
8. Find The Right Wireless Channel
If you have neighbours, their routers may be interfering with yours
and causing the signal to degrade. Wireless routers can operate on a
number of different channels, and you want yours on a channel with as
little interference as possible. Use a tool like Wi-Fi Stumbler or Wi-Fi Analyzer to find the perfect channel in your house. We have more detailed instructions on how to do that here.
7. Get Rid Of Interference From Other Appliances
Other routers aren’t the only thing that can cause interference.
Cordless phones, microwaves, and other appliances can muck with your
signal as well. Buying a dual band router can help with this, but you can also buy cordless phones on other bands too. If you don’t want to buy new hardware, you can always try moving your router further away from interfering appliances, too.
If someone in your house regularly video chats, plays online games,
torrents files, or uses services like Netflix, they may be hogging
bandwidth and making the internet slower for everyone else. Luckily, you
can use something called Quality of Service — or QoS for short — to
reign in those bandwidth hogs. With QoS, you can prioritise certain
applications (say, video chat) over others (like video games) so the
most important applications get the bandwidth they deserve. For more
info, check out our full guide to setting up QoS on your router. Image: Juan Pablo Olmo.
4. Increase Wi-Fi Range With DIY Tricks
If your router still won’t reach far enough, you can extend its range with simple DIY tricks. Our favourite is the Windsurfer tin foil hack, thougn you can also use an old beer can or a cooking strainer
to extend your router’s range. The results won’t necessarily be mind
blowing, but you should be able to eke a bit more distance out of your
Wi-Fi network with minimal effort.
3. Boost Your Router’s Signal With A Bit Of Hacking
Another great way to extend your range is to hack your router and install the DD-WRT firmware.
Not only will it give you a load of great security features and other
enhancements, but it gives you the option to boost your transmitting
power. This can be dangerous for your router, but most routers can
handle an increase up to 70mW without causing any issues, and you’ll be
able to access your network from much further away!
2. Turn An Old Router Into A Wi-Fi Repeater
If that still doesn’t help, you’ll need to get a range extender for
your home. They aren’t super expensive, but if you don’t want to pay for
another piece of hardware, you can actually turn an old wireless router into an extender
with the aforementioned DD-WRT firmware. Note that you may not be able
to get as fast of a connection through your extender, but if you just
can’t seem to get Wi-Fi on the edge of your house, this’ll get the job
done on the cheap.
1. Set Your Router To Reboot On A Schedule
If you’re one of the many folks that has to reboot their router every
so often so it doesn’t drop out, there is a solution. You can run a few
tests to make sure the problem isn’t caused by heat, old firmware, or
excess downloading, but an easy way to solve the problem is just automatically reboot it once a day or so.
You can do this with DD-WRT or just a regular old outlet timer. When
you’re done, you shouldn’t have to reboot your router so often (which is
great if your router’s all the way up in the attic).
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