How to speed up your internet connection

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Slow internet? – it could be the way you’ve got your modem setup.

If you’re among the many Australians currently working from home, your Wi-Fi plays a vital role in the delivery of your daily tasks.

If you find it lagging or working intermittently, there could be interferences or barriers in your property affecting the connection.

For a more streamlined internet experience, we’ve compiled some key tips and tricks to help you speed up your Wi-Fi.

Physical barriers

It may be surprising, but there are a variety of physical barriers within your household that can affect your Wi-Fi signal.

Walls that contain insulation material, air ducts, and even water pipes could be creating problems with your device’s connection.

Some core materials that pose issues include:

  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Ceramic

Acting as obstacles and blockages for your signal, it’s important to consider the location of your modem to overcome this challenge.

Did you know? – Fish tanks can affect your internet! Wi-Fi signals can have issues passing through water. Maybe re-think where your modem should sit if you’re an owner of a large aquarium.

Location

It’s all about location! – the further away your modem is, the more problems you’re going to have trying to connect your devices to the internet.

Don’t store it away in a cabinet or cover it with anything, this will affect its efficiency.

It’s recommended to place your modem towards the middle of the house to ensure all rooms can be covered.

Placing it on a table, up high, or in an open space are other ways you can improve the strength of your Wi-Fi signal.

Depending on your home, there may be rooms or areas your Wi-Fi can’t reach. Buying and installing a Wi-Fi extender can help alleviate this challenge.

Interference

Does your router sit in the kitchen or living room? – it could be making your signal weak.

Appliances such as the microwave or TV can interfere with your Wi-Fi and reduce its effectiveness throughout the house.

This happens because your Wi-Fi operates on a similar frequency.

Other electronics including cordless phones and baby monitors, also work in the same way.

A good solution is to change the wireless channel on your router, allowing it to communicate on a different frequency.

Less devices connected

Between streaming services to the mobile phones in your household, the more devices connected to your Wi-Fi, the slower the bandwidth is.

When you’re working from home, this is less than ideal.

Depending on your modem, you can specify within your router which devices you want to prioritise by utilising the Quality of Service (QoS) function.

If it doesn’t have this function, consider the devices you primarily need for WFH and turn off devices you won’t be using for less traffic in your network.

We hope these tips help speed up your Wi-Fi and give you a smoother work from home experience!

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