How to Improve Your Wi-Fi:
• Choose the right channel.
If you have supplied your own router, get familiar with how to log into the settings and change the WiFi channel. Most routers are set to Auto by default, and they then default to channel 6. Channels 1 and 11 are better choices.
If you have wireless service through HCC and are having speed issues, call technical support! We can log into the device and change the channel for you and will work with you to achieve the best results possible.
• Location, Location, Location!
A centrally located router or WiFi modem is a happy one! Think about where you spend most of your time online, and then try to place your WiFi equipment in that area. Avoid windows, keep the device off the floor, steer clear of basic home appliances and media components, and stay away from walls composed of brick or concrete.
A wireless repeater or booster device can really come in handy in a larger home. Those devices take the WiFi signal and repeat or boost the signal in the areas in which they are installed. These are typically less than $100 and are usually easy to connect an existing wireless device.
• Router security.
If you have wireless service through HCC, a password was configured on your WiFi device. If you provide your own wireless, having a password on your WiFi device will limit the number of devices that can connect to your network at any one time, and more importantly, provide a measure of network security.
• Reboot your router.
Just like your computer, tablet, or smartphone, routers receive software updates. Often these updates will require a reboot in order to complete installation. Regularly rebooting your router (at least once per month) will help ensure that it stays up-to-date.
• Get a newer router.
Consider the fact that technology changes at a lightning fast pace. If your router is more than a few years old, you may want to consider a replacement. Your router is the brains of your entire network and is trying to juggle multiple devices at any given time. It will wear out. If you notice your speeds seem sluggish or you are losing connection frequently, reboot the router. If this doesn’t help or you are rebooting multiple times per day, it is time to replace the router! Also keep in mind – you get what you pay for… the cheaper the router, the less likely it will provide a satisfying internet experience.
As always, if you have any questions, please call HCC technical support! We are happy to help.