Slow browsing speed, dropped Wi-Fi signals, inability to stream, wireless dead zones and similar problems occur when you encounter problems with your Wi-Fi network. It may occur due to distance problem, hardware or software issue, interference by other electronic devices and other problems. To trace the problem, you can look at your router’s administrator interface or use network analyzer tool. Here, we can discuss ways to improve your Wi-Fi speed on Windows system.
Update your Router’s Firmware
This is the simplest way to speed up your Wi-Fi connectivity and performance. Each new update brings in some necessary fixes, security updates, and better features thus keeping your router’s firmware update can offer you advanced and complete features. Most recent router manufacturers offer update process built in right into the system’s administration interface. So all you need to do is to press the firmware upgrade button. In other models, you can visit manufacturer’s website to find latest upgrades.
Optimal Router placement
Placement of router surrounded by walls, cabinets or near other electronic items can affect its speed and performance negatively. Try to keep your router somewhere centralized in the home or office so that you can get the right reception in each corner of the place. Mount it on the wall or keep the router at a higher place somewhere like top of a shelf or a table. Router devices tend to spread signals downwards thus keeping router at the higher place will help you get better reception.
Reposition the Router Antenna
Router devices may come with internal or external antennas. If your router has two external antennas try to position them perpendicular to each other for better reception. If your device has one external antenna try to position it vertical or horizontal to check where it works well.
Switch to better frequency
2.4 GHz spectrum is commonly used frequency by users. It may cause a lot of noise due to other wireless peripherals, Bluetooth devices or even due to some other electronic devices. You can switch to 5 GHz spectrum which is considered less crowded for better performance. To do this visit your administrator panel to see if 5 GHz frequency is there and select it.
Use a less crowded channel
If your router is running on most crowded channels then you may encounter performance problems. To deal with it find for less crowded channels for better speed. If you have switched to 5 GHz spectrum, then you can choose from a host of channels easily for better speed. Many recent devices choose least crowded channel automatically upon rebooting, thus simple router restart may do the needful for you.
Upgrade your router
If you are using old router model for long then you may face performance issues very often. Wireless and Internet technology has updated a lot in recent times and many router devices do not support the latest technology such as 802.11n/ac, 5GHz or Internet speed higher than 100Mbps. Thus simply changing your router device may help you fix the problem instantly. This tip is useful for every system whether you want to speed up Windows 7 connectivity or on Windows 8 or 10.
Set Up a Wireless Range Extender
If you are using your wireless network to cover a larger area then you should consider using wireless range extender (also known as a wireless repeater or Wi-Fi expander) for better performance. The wireless range extender looks similar to your router device but works differently. It picks up the existing Wi-Fi signal from the router and just rebroadcast it.
Add Access Points (APs)
This is another good but expensive way to cover a larger area with your wireless network router. APs help you build a strong network as each unit transmit signals to each other for better and stable network. It can cover a large space like multiple floors or even a campus with different buildings.
Control Quality: Most modern router devices offer Quality-of-Service tools to limit the amount of bandwidth that any app use. You can specify these settings under Advanced settings (most typically) in the network’s administrator interface.
Contact your ISP
If you are using hardware supplied by your service provider and upgraded your Internet package and still facing the performance issues then it’s time to call your ISP. There is no use of upgrading to free updates until your device doesn’t support these updates. Thus your Internet service provider (ISP) can help you diagnose the problem and deploy a fix.
You can apply these simple tips and tricks to speed up your Wi-Fi speed on your Windows system. Better speed will offer better performance and improved work quality.
Slow reception on your Wi-Fi network may affect your work speed and performance. You can apply certain steps to improve Wi-Fi speed on your Windows system.
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