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Maximizing the Internet speed is essential to optimize your network connection.  You can have an ultimate entertainment and work experience using computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, media players and more devices when your wireless connection is performing to its maximum.  Below are ways on what you can do to get  your Internet connection speed maximized:

Run a speed test on your network
Check wireless adapter and router’s compatibility
Set proper MTU size of the network
Change your wireless channel
Optimize your computer and network
Extend your wireless network range

 
Run a speed test on your network

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers has a built-in Speed Test Tool that allows you to check the current upload and download speed of your Internet connection.  It shows how fast information is downloaded from the Internet to your computer and measures how fast the information is transferred (uploaded) from your computer to another site.  Click here to know how to perform a speed test on your network using your Linksys cloud account.  To test Internet speed using the latest version of Linksys Connect, click here.  

NOTE:  You can also check the wireless connection speed of your computer, for instructions, click here.

 
 
You can then compare the Internet speed test results with the standard throughput of your Linksys router to know if you are getting an optimum wireless connection.  Throughput is the actual amount of data that is successfully transferred in a network at a given time.  For detailed information about the Linksys router’s standards and speeds, click here
 
NOTE:  The actual speed and performance of your Internet connection will depend on your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
 
Check wireless adapter and router’s compatibility
 
Your device’s wireless adapter and your router’s compatibility are among the factors that affect your wireless connection. 
 
For best results, Wireless-N routers should be paired with Wireless-N adapters in the same way that Wireless-G routers should be paired with Wireless-G adapters.  Should there be a mix of Wireless-G and Wireless-N adapters connecting to the network, it would be best to set the wireless network mode to Mixed.  This will allow Wireless-G devices to have a stable connection to the network and will allow the Wireless-N device to still connect to the network but will be performing based on the Wireless-G speed.
 
To maximize the wireless connection speed, check if your adapter is compatible with a Wireless-AC, Wireless-N, G, B or A standards.  To know more about the factors that affects the connection speed between your computer and your router, click
here.

 

NOTE:   Intel® WiFi Link 5300 AGN is used in this example.  Its suffix shows AGN which means that the wireless adapter for this computer is compatible with Wireless-A, B/G and N standards.

Set proper MTU size of the network
 
The Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) specifies the largest packet size permitted for Internet transmission.  Determining the proper MTU size is important in order to get the most efficient throughput for the network.  To know how to determine and set up the correct MTU size of your network, click
here.

 

NOTE:  The MTU size of 1480 is used here as an example.
 
Change your wireless channel
 
The need to change your router's wireless channel may occur when you experience interferences.  Interference is one of the most common problems your home network may face and this can be caused by the following:
  • electronic devices in your home (cordless phones, speakers and microwave ovens)
  • neighboring wireless networks
  • physical obstructions (walls, mirrors or glass)
  • distance or location 
These factors can reduce your network’s performance.  Changing channels is one of the best ways to resolve intermittent signal and to optimize your wireless connection.  To learn how, click here.  If you are using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here instead.
 
Linksys dual-band routers are capable of transmitting and receiving data using both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, either simultaneously or one at a time.  The 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi signal ranges are divided into a number of smaller bands called wireless channels.  Each of these wireless channels translates to a radio frequency (Channel 6, for example, is 2.437 GHz).  To further explain and differentiate the Linksys dual-band router's wireless channels, click here.
 
Optimize your computer and network
 
Keep your computer virus, malware and adware-free by visiting secured web sites only, use fast browsers, clean up your hard disk, and make sure that your computer is functioning properly.  It will not matter how fast your Internet connection is, if your computer is performing poorly.
 
You should have an updated driver installed for your adapter for better connectivity.  Update your Linksys network adapter’s drivers to improve its functionality.  Keeping your router updated allows it to keep up with modern Internet traffic.  Click the following links for detailed information in keeping your Linksys devices updated:

 
Updating the Linksys network adapter’s driver
Keeping your Linksys devices’ firmware or driver updated

 
Extend your wireless network range
 
The location where your wireless router and devices are placed affects the performance of your wireless network.  To boost the wireless signal, it is ideal to place the wireless router either in the central part of your house or in a location free from any obstructions that may block its range (such as furniture, fixtures and tall appliances) are least.  These will block the signal which will shorten the range of your wireless network.

You can also add more devices such as a switch or a range extender to your existing local network.  With this, you can extend the wireless network’s range and enjoy more online activities without lag.  To learn more about these devices, click
here.  Also, to get the latest networking products from the Linksys Store, click here.


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