Say Goodbye To Slow Internet
If your Wi-Fi is slow and you haven’t optimized your router, you are doing it all wrong! If you are looking to binge watch your favorite shows all weekend, and all you end up doing is buffering, there are a few ways you can speed up your connection and have fewer interruptions.
The first thing to do is to make sure your router is placed in an optimum location for connecting with your devices. Don’t put your router in a closet or media cabinet. This weakens the Wi-Fi signal. Place it out in the open at least a few feet off the ground. Any device that can see your router will have the best connection. If your streaming box or computer are close enough, connect them to the router with an Ethernet cable. Another way to speed things up is to check your router settings. Most routers have two frequencies- either 2.4 GHZ or 5 GHZ. If it allows you to choose, pick 5 GHZ as your best option for the fastest connections.
If your router only allows you to have 2.4 GHZ, you can also change the channel that your router is using. Many routers automatically choose the least crowded channel. However, if your router does not do this automatically, there is an app you can check to see which channel is best. Wi-Fi Analyzer for Androids evaluates your network and will find the best channel. A final area you can check is your Internet provider. Many Internet carriers offer tiered data speeds, so there is a chance you might need to upgrade to see the speeds you want.