likely to be congested. Changing to a dif-
ferent channel is a quick and easy way to
possibly boost your Wi-Fi strength.
Log into your router’s settings and view
the broadcast channel. You should see
that it’s on channel 1, 6, or 11. Switch
it to one of the other channels and see if
that makes a difference in your wireless
In addition to having different channels,
routers also have different frequencies.
In general, 2.4 GHz is better for wireless
connectivity in multi-level homes, while
5 GHz works faster in smaller homes.
Check Your Internet Speed
If your wireless connection speed is
snail-like, talk to your internet service
provider about a speed upgrade. The
internet plan you selected a year or
two ago may now be too slow for your
needs. If your internet speed is sufficient,
however, your old router might have a
speed cap that’s limiting the maximum
internet speed possible in your home.
In that case, it’s time for a new router.
Make Sure Your
Firmware is Up to Date
Firmware is the software your router
needs in order to function. Many wire-
less routers will notify you when it’s
time for an update, but some don’t.
Check your router settings regularly to
ensure your firmware is up to date. If
new firmware is available, follow the
instructions in your router’s manual to
update it on your router.
Consider Your Bandwidth Hogs
Some applications use more bandwidth
than others. Online games and video
streaming apps can hog your bandwidth.
Most routers come with media prioritiza-
tion or Quality of Service (QoS) options
to address this. Check your instruction
manual to learn more about how to set
up these rules.
Set Up Your Router
for Optimal Internet
1. Pick the right location for your
Place your router in the
center of your home and away
from brick, concrete, water, and
windows, which can all interrupt
the signal. If you have a two-story
house, experts recommend you
place your router on the first floor
near the ceiling, or on the second
floor near the ground.
2. Reduce interference.
phones, microwaves, and baby
monitors can interrupt your
wireless signal. Move your router
away from these devices if possi-
ble. If this is not possible, consider
buying a dual-band router model
that can operate on another band.
3. Amplify your signal with an
If you have a larger
home, consider getting a wireless
range extender to amplify your
Wi-Fi signal. These inexpensive
devices extend your router to
wherever you need a Wi-Fi
connection in your home.
An 802.11ac-ready router can support 20 or more
wireless devices in your home.