Use latest Wi-Fi technologies
- Lifestyles have changed since the first routers and the number of devices on any one network have increased substantially, calling for a bigger demand on high performance routers
- Make sure you’re using the latest hardware to transfer data across your devices at max speed
- A good quality router, not just the free one from your provider, will ensure you are getting the best possible experience
- Mesh networking systems like Netgear Orbi work to provide full home coverage while still maximising data transfer speeds and performance
Find the best spot for your router
- Don’t expect to get great data transfer speeds if your router is hid at the back of the house in a closet. Most routers need to be out loud and proud to work best
- If the optimum spot is on a space where there’s no tables, wall mount it and position the antennas perpendicular
- Use longer ethernet cables and cable clips to keep set up clean and tidy
Try to position away from interference from other appliances
- Using a dual band router can help, or simply position the router away from appliances like microwaves, remotes, refrigerators etc
- Think of bands as AM/FM on the radio
Monitor the amount of users on your Wi-Fi system
- Protect your Wi-Fi from freeloading neighbours by setting up proper password protection
- An extra level of protection is hiding the SSID so users who want to connect have to manually enter the network name
- Use software like the Trend Micro Home Network Security System to monitor and manage use and users
Increase Wi-Fi range or capacity using an extender or booster (explained in next section)
Wi-Fi boosters and extenders have the same purpose: To improve network coverage. How they do this is different, and each has their own purpose.
- Increases incoming Wi-Fi signal, increases transmit power
- Expands your frequency band and capacity to allow more data to pass through, delivering faster download speeds
- Also called Range Repeaters
- Extends the internet connection across a larger area
- Will usually create a second network to carry the data from one router to the other
Mesh Wi-Fi, or a wireless mesh network is a communications network made up of radio nodes organised in a mesh topology.
Devices interconnect with each other using these radio nodes to send and receive data. They use the mesh network like how a vehicle would travel on a highway to get from destination A to destination B.
Simply put, mesh wi-fi is multiple routers connecting with each other to send and receive data via the same network, using the closest router to send and receive data to the device.