Simple WiFi Fixes to Speed Up Your Internet Without Buying Anything or Calling a Tech

April 30, 2020
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Now that everyone is at home, internet equipment and wifi networks are really getting a workout. Problems with your wifi can cause you to miss work or your favorite show, but there are things you can do to boost your network. Consider these tips from The Washington Post

  • Realize your device could be the problem. An old machine might not be equipped for video and everything else you want to do. Try to dedicate one device to only video so you can make work meetings, for instance.
  • Run a speed test. Go to speedtest.com after getting close to your router. Look at upload and download speeds. Go to the glitchy parts of your home and compare. If the speeds are the same, you have an internet service problem. If not, you have a network problem/"dead zone." 
  • Make tweaks to the wifi network. Check network names (choose the 5 GHz network for faster speeds) and put the modem in the middle of the house or where you can see it.
  • Tweak the internet service.  Restart the modem, ask about upgrading the modem and make sure the software is up to date. 
  • Conserve bandwith. Turn off unused applications and data hogs. Check for viruses.
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