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Wi-Fi: we all use it, and many of us rely on it more than ever now that working from home is becoming more common. That’s why fast speeds are all the more important. While in previous years it might have been acceptable to wait a few moments for a document to load, for example, nowadays that same document must be summoned instantaneously, both for the sake of productivity and also so you don’t look awkward during your live meeting!

While Wi-Fi speed heavily depends on the provider you use, there are also plenty of things you can do otherwise, from simple habit changes to device upgrades, that can boost the speed of your internet connection and enable you to work and play effortlessly. Below, Revience, yoru Eden Prairie Wi-Fi installation company, has a few tips on how to make the best use of your connection below.

Close Router Proximity

Your Wi-Fi router is the device that delivers your Wi-Fi signal. More specifically, it “talks” to the electronic devices in your home and the internet, facilitating communication between the two. Generally, it looks like a simple black box, sometimes boasting antennas. Your home networking company probably placed it in a central location in your home; this is to ensure equal coverage throughout the building and prevent dead spots.

That being said, physical barriers, such as walls, floors, and sometimes even furniture can interfere with your router’s ability to connect with the devices it needs to. Its capabilities can also be affected by other electronic devices in the area—even if those devices don’t use the internet in the first place!

If you’re stationed in, say, the basement and your Wi-Fi is turtle-esque, consider moving yourself closer to the router, eliminating the objects the signal must work through and thus increasing your access speed. If moving yourself is not an option and multiple family members experience proximity-related problems, you might consider moving the router itself to a more centralized location. A provider of home networking services can help you pick the optimal spot for the best results. Generally, though, said spot will be high off the ground and far away from potential sources of interference, such as electronics that use bluetooth.

Minimize Bandwidth Overload

According to Lifewire, bandwidth is “the volume of information per unit of time that a transmission medium (like an internet connection) can handle.” In less technical terms, your Wi-Fi’s bandwidth can be considered its capacity for handling the work that is you and your family accessing the internet. When activities become more than your bandwidth can handle, you’ll experience slowness and lag. This is why, when nobody else is at home, you might be able to stream your favorite show seamlessly, but during heavy use hours such a task might require quite a bit of buffering—and quite a bit of button-mashing and frustration!

If you’re experiencing bandwidth problems, you can always purchase more from your provider—but if that’s not an option, an understanding of what activities take more “effort” for your Wi-Fi system to handle, so to speak, can help you make the most out of what you have.

Streaming videos and playing online games are two of the biggest bandwidth hogs out there, for example, while surfing the web is generally less strenuous. Changing your habits to better suit your home networking system can make for a more stress-free experience. Perhaps you wait to watch your favorite show until after your family is asleep, for instance.

Invest in a High-Quality Router

The tech field is advancing at a rapid pace, and modern applications are requiring more and more bandwidth in order to run properly. But bandwidth is only part of the equation; your router itself also needs to be beefy enough to keep up with the demands of a modern household. Just like old laptops and smartphones can become obsolete, so can the devices that allow you to access the internet. You could have all the bandwidth available in the world, but if your router can’t make use of it, your connection is going to experience slowness. Each and every part of the system must work in harmony for optimal performance.

If you’re worried about your router, it’s best to contact home networking services for advice. Since this is such an integral part of an integral system, the guess-and-check method can get quite frustrating, and in doing your own research you can quickly get in over your head. A Wi-Fi installation company can save you the money and the hassle; they’ll recommend specific models that will best fit your personalized needs.

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