If your Wi-Fi is running slower than you think it should be, there are a few things you can do to optimise it. Make sure you check your current speed first, so you can see if there are any increases in speed after.
Have you made any changes to your setup?
If you’ve recently moved your router, this could be the cause. Reverse any changes such as connecting new equipment or moving your router to see if your speed increases.
If this doesn’t make a difference make sure the wires to your router haven’t been knocked out of place or become loose.
Position your router properly
Your Wi-Fi signal comes from the front of your router, so make sure it's facing into your home.
- Put your router in an elevated position on a table or shelf, and make sure it’s not blocked by any furniture or books. This way, your router will give out a clear, uninterrupted signal.
- Avoid surrounding the router with metal objects or near devices such as microwaves and christmas lights. These can disrupt the signal quality.
- Concrete can also affect the Wi-Fi signal quite significantly so brick walls, particularly in older properties, can be a problem.
- Try to position your router so that the signal will be strongest where it’s needed the most. If necessary consider using Wi-Fi range extenders or powerline adapters to extend the wireless range.
Get closer to your router
Try to keep your device within three metres from your router.
For example, if you have a larger house, it may be worth investing in wireless powerline adapters to boost your signal in rooms that have Wi-Fi black spots.
Be mindful of your bandwidth
If everyone in your household is streaming, downloading and running apps your bandwidth is used up much quicker, making your internet feel slow.
Some devices even use up bandwidth without you knowing by scheduling software updates, running apps in the background and backing up photos to the cloud.
If you feel like your broadband isn’t keeping up, try taking a few devices offline to free up your connection. You might also want to think about swapping to a package that better suits your needs.
Older devices can make your broadband feel like it’s running slowly. And when your device starts to age, it may struggle to run modern software and apps. Having a device with an old Wi-FI specification can impact all devices running on the same Wi-Fi network.
Try updating your device’s operating system. If this doesn’t help, contact your device’s manufacturer for more detailed troubleshooting.
Change your wireless channel
Depending on your technical ability, you may want to try changing your wireless channel.
All wireless routers broadcast Wi-Fi signals on a channel. If any of these channels get too busy – i.e. if your neighbour’s router is broadcasting on the same channel as yours – it can interfere with your signal and slow your internet down.
Contact us if you need some help doing this, or would like us to do it for you.
Restart your router
If you’re still having speed issues, try resetting your router. A software update may have gotten stuck and doing a quick reset may force it through.
Simply turn your router off for 30 seconds.