Wi-Fi Tips and Tricks

Troubleshooting your home Wi-Fi network can be a challenge. Are you frequently being disconnected? Are you experiencing constant buffering? A simple solution might be to analyze your home Wi-Fi setup and take steps that can improve your overall home Wi-Fi network performance. 

Here are some tips and tricks to try that may make a big difference:

1. Router Placement- This is one of the most important things to look at when it comes to home Wi-Fi performance. You will want to make sure that your router is placed in a centralized location in your home and is elevated off the floor. Minimize any wireless router signal obstructions such as furniture and walls; the closer your router is to your devices the better.  Any obstructions and electronics with their own frequencies such as microwaves, baby monitors, cordless telephones and even wireless speakers can degrade your Wi-Fi signal.

2. Change The Channel- Other wireless routers in your neighborhood could interfere with and degrade your wireless router's signal. Most wireless routers work on either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency. If your neighbor is on the same frequency, you could be experiencing signal degradation. Changing your wireless router's channel could be a simple solution.

3. Plug It In- Wi-Fi is a great technology but you are always bound to see some speed degradation through a wireless signal. When possible connect your devices with an Ethernet cable. Gaming consoles and smart TVs fare much better with a hard wired Ethernet cable connection.

4. Get Closer- The further you are away from your wireless router, the more speed degradation you will experience. Getting closer to the wireless router with your device is a simple solution. If your wireless router is not located in the best area of your home, it may be time for a wireless router move.

5. Adjust Your Antennae- Most Wireless routers have two antennae. Because your routerís signal spreads out in a perpendicular direction, it is a good idea to place one vertically and one horizontally to maximize your home's wireless coverage.

6. Update Your Firmware- Having the most up-to-date router firmware can be a huge boost to your Wi-Fi signal. Unfortunately this step is frequently overlooked. You may want to check your router manufacturer specifications, some routers are set to update automatically while others are not.

Our goal is to make your Internet experience the best it can be.  If you are still experiencing issues after troubleshooting your Wi-Fi connection, please give us a call at 1.888.438.4490.

American Broadband is responsible for getting the best possible service to your homeís modem. Your wireless router and home's Wi-Fi network are not affiliated with or maintained by American Broadband. Home Wi-Fi and any affiliated equipment aside from the modem are considered customer-owned equipment and are the responsibility of the individual customer to upkeep. 



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