There are a few things you can do to optimise your Wi-Fi.
Position your router properly
Your Wi-Fi signal comes from the front of your router, so make sure it's facing into your home. Be sure to:
- 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 tree lights. These can disrupt the signal quality
- Try to position your router so that the signal will be strongest where it’s needed the most
- Avoid plugging your router into telephone extension sockets. Plugging your router into the master socket will offer the best connection in the property
If you live in a large property or your property has thick walls, you may need to consider using Wi-Fi range extenders or powerline adapters to extend the wireless range.
We have a range of whole home mesh Wi-Fi units that’ll guarantee a reliable connection for every room.
Restart your router
Try resetting your router as this will fix many Wi-Fi speed issues.
Switch it off using the on/off button on the back of the router and wait 30 seconds before turning it on again.
Get closer to your router
The closer you are to the router the better your signal will be.
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.
We have a range of products in our Shell Energy Shop that can help with Wi-Fi coverage within your home.
Be mindful of your bandwidth
If everyone in your household is streaming, downloading, and running apps, your bandwidth is used up much quicker, which could make 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 as if your broadband isn’t keeping up, you may want to consider swapping to a faster package.