Over the past few months, the Internet has been more of a lifeline than ever, streaming movies and live TV, connecting us to work, to our friends and to our families. Whether we are binge-watching the entire season of Yellowstone, working through Microsoft Meeting, the kids are “in class” via Google Meet or we’re using Zoom for a virtual happy hour—we have become accustomed to live streaming almost daily.
Many of us are live streaming wirelessly and the last thing you need is a weak Wi-Fi signal. There is nothing worse than a choppy call, no voice or sound out-of-sync with a video. Rule number one: always use a wired connection whenever possible. If wireless is your only option, however, then use these simple tips to get the best possible signal.
- Find a central location for your router
Distance, walls and other obstructions can interfere with a wireless signal. Find a central location within your home to place your router, preferably one with the fewest obstructions between the router and your electronic devices depending on it.
- Add a Wi-Fi extender or Wi-Fi mesh system
If you just can't get a good signal everywhere in your house, then you should invest in a Wi-Fi extender, or an even better option is a multi-node Wi-Fi mesh system.
- Use the better frequency: 2.4GHz vs 5GHz
Routers use different frequencies and some can get crowded. Baby monitors and security cameras are among the many types of wireless devices that use the 2.4GHz band, leaving the 5GHz band with less traffic. This means less congestion, so 5GHz may be a better option for your home.
- Are you being throttled?
Other Internet providers in town may throttle your speed: if they notice you consuming a lot of bandwidth they can reduce the bandwidth on your account for that month. BELD Internet doesn't throttle your Internet speed; if you have BELD you don't have to worry about being artificially slowed down.
- Restart your modem and router
This may be one of the simplest fixes, but it definitely helps. Unplug the power, wait about 30 seconds, reconnect power and then wait another five minutes or so for all your equipment to come back online.
These few tips can really help improve the wireless signal throughout your home.