Wireless internet connections have now become extremely common and can be accessed from almost any location in the world. They have increased the availability of the internet, globalized the world even more, and have revolutionized the lifestyle of people. Whether you dine at the restaurant or go off to the mall, you are sure to find WiFi signals nearby.
The same can be said of the region where you live. In your neighborhood, there may be several high speed internet providers offering different rates and specs for their wireless internet plans.
Your house would be surrounded by WiFi signals, so why not avail them to your advantage and that too at absolutely no costs? Despite the security concerns, there are plenty of WiFi connections that are not protected by passwords so you can easily connect to them. You can also ask your neighbor to share their WiFi connection password – don’t forget to provide a strong reason to convince them. The signals might be weak, but you can optimize a few things to improve wireless signal. Thus, without having to buy a plan from high speed internet providers, you can still get pretty good internet speed in your home – Thanks to your neighbor’s WiFi.
There are many methods by which you can improve wireless signals. You can implement them both at your home and office, and can use them to improve your existing connection as well. Most of them are pretty easy and even if you are non-technical person, you can still easily understand them. Following are the simple tactics which improves wireless internet connections.
Latest Firmware and Drivers
Make sure your laptop uses the latest firmware for its wireless connection. Your network updated driver must be the most recent version for optimal performance. Checking for updates regularly can be annoying, and you can even tend to forget it as well. However, there are many software packages available that will automatically update your drivers for you. If you want, you can download any one of these to avoid the hassle.
Wireless networks function on many standards. The 802.11g is a fairly popular one, but it offers slower speeds than other connections because it is characterized by a low bandwidth. A more recent standard is 802.11n, which is now rapidly replacing the previous standards. This is a better choice because it offers faster speeds, more coverage range and greater reliability. Therefore, connect to only those neighboring networks that operate on this standard. Before doing so, just make sure that your device supports it as well; if you bought it around four to five years ago, it probably will not.
Your device may have a built-in network adapter, but if you buy an external adapter, you can get better performance. You might not see any difference in the signal strength, but the faster speed will be easily noticeable.
Your operating system can show you a list that comprises of all the wireless connections in surrounding areas, and states the channels on which the networks are communicating. If you use windows, you can access this list by typing netsh wlan show all in the Command Prompt Window. Study the list and analyze which channel is being used by the least number of networks. You can then connect to the network which operates on that channel.
Obtaining a wireless repeater does cost you some money, but it is still a great choice. A wireless repeater regenerates the signals that weaken over long distances and thus you can get a significant improvement in your connection.
Interference from Other Devices
WiFi uses a few specific wireless frequencies range only. Many other devices and appliances use the same frequency range too – even your microwave, cordless phones, and Bluetooth devices. So, what’s the problem with that? In simple terms, it increases interference with the WiFi signals and your internet experience is not as seamless as it should be. The solution? You can easily check whether interference is occurring or not – Yes, there’s an app for that! And choose the channel and location where the least interference occurs.
You can change the wireless settings on your device to get optimal performance. Generally, Wi-Fi uses 2.4 GHz frequency, but this is really common. Thus its performance can be marred by interference and noise. You can change your settings to 5GHz if a network of this frequency is available in your area. This is used less so you can get a better performance.
So, now that you know the tactics to improve wireless signals, you should start implementing them at your home and workplace. Doing so will give you a significant improvement in performance and speed. Do let us know if you notice any significant improvement in your wireless internet speed and experience.
This is a guest post by Celina Jones. You can also write for Creotix.