5 Tips to Optimize Your Home Wi-Fi

5 Tips to Optimize Your Home Wi-Fi

Stretching your home’s Wi-Fi signal into every nook and cranny can be a challenge, especially if you have floor plan issues or too much coverage area. Here are some tips to help your Wi-Fi perform at its best.

1. Review Your ISP Service

  • The average household has 8 Wi-Fi devices in use at once, but you may not have enough bandwidth to support them all.
  • If you stream HD videos, download large media files or play games online, your monthly Internet service plan should include at least 100 Mbps.

2. Choose the Right Router for Your Home

  • The more bandwidth-heavy your household’s activity, the more powerful the router you’ll need.
  • Routers that are 2-3 years old can’t always keep up with heavy content consumption—Upgrade to the newer MU-MIMO technology.

3. Place Your Router Near the Center of Your Home

  • Floors, walls, appliances, air ducts and other obstructions can affect the signal strength of your router.
  • Your router distributes Wi-Fi signals outwards, in a circle. Placing it in the middle of your home ensures it reaches as far as possible.

4. Pay Attention to Where You Need Wi-Fi the Most

  • If you experience dead spots in and around your home, extend weak signals with a range extender.
  • Try to place the extender at the central point between your router and the dead spot.

5. Set Your Devices to the Right Band

  • The 5GHz band is often best for bandwidth-heavy activities, but you’ll get more range out of the 2.4 GHz band.
  • Set older devices that you only use to surf the Web to the 2.4 GHz band, and save the video streaming for the more capable 5 GHz band.