Now that you’ve done some spring computer cleaning, it’s time to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Internet service.
We recently asked our own home networking experts for some tips on how our customers can make sure they’re moving as fast as possible online. Here’s what they said:
- Plug in directly: For the fastest speeds possible, don’t use Wi-Fi. If you’re a gamer or someone who needs all the speed they can get, connect your device directly to your cable modem with an Ethernet cord.
- Center your Wi-Fi router: To get optimal Wi-Fi reception, place your wireless router in the center of the house on your ground floor. Wi-Fi signals have an easier time traveling up than down.
- Reduce interference: When using Wi-Fi, make sure to place your wireless router in an open space. Physical barriers such as desks, bookshelves and aquariums can limit Wi-Fi signals. Water is especially tough for Wi-Fi signals to pass through.
- Power down: Wi-Fi routers run constantly, 24 hours a day. To extend the life of your router, turn it off when you’re gone for extended periods of time.
- Measure your signal strength: Find Wi-Fi dead spots before they drive you up the wall. Mobile apps such as Assia’s Cloudcheck or Amped Wireless’ Wi-Fi Analytics Tool analyze Wi-Fi strength throughout your household.
Have any of your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments!