You've probably been there before - about 10 seconds away from pulling your hair and throwing the router at the nearest wall. It's depressing when you're binge watching a really good show on Netflix and then bam - your signal drops off.
Where does it go? Who knows? All you know is that you're ready to call it quits with the Internet altogether. Yet, five seconds later, you're reconnecting - grinding your teeth with frustration, but reconnecting, nonetheless.
Things don't have to be this way, though. There are ways to improve your Wi-Fi connection and decrease those upsetting signal drops.
Here are 3 simple tips to help you keep your Wi-Fi signal strong and reliable.
1) Buy a new router.
It's tempting to go out to the nearest big box retailer and pick up the cheapest router you can find. However, this isn't such a good idea. Even a $20 difference can do your connection a whole lot of good. It's recommended that you use a router with 802.11ac, which is three times faster than the previous standard. And if you're willing to spend a little more (about $150), not only will you get yourself a great router with a fast connection but a pretty sweet touchscreen as well.
2) Put it out in the open.
Chances are if your router is obstructed, then the signal will be, too. Don't keep your router hidden in a cabinet or tucked behind your sofa - sitting on top of your tv console or bookshelf is more suitable. And, if at all possible, strategically position your router in the middle of your home to ensure even coverage throughout.
3) Keep it secure.
It's considered relatively easy to hack into other people's Wi-Fi connection. And if people are piggybacking onto your connection, it's only natural to assume that your connection speed is going to lag. Because of this, it's important to keep your router locked up tight.
For starters, change the password on your router. Your router will come with a preassigned admin password, and many security experts point this out as a major culprit of Wi-Fi hijackings. Secondly, you should always check with your manufacturer for firmware updates and patches. These updates will work to keep your router protected against potential vulnerabilities.
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