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Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps

Our guide to ironing out the wrinkles in your wireless setup

Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
Is your home wireless network getting you down? Your provider is not the only factor involved. Here we take you through some tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your home connection.
Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
1. ROUTER CHANNELS: It is recommended you read the user manual that comes with your router and change the default channel settings. First try 1, 6 or 11 and if this does not work try 2 or 10.
Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
2. ROUTER PLACEMENT: Make sure your router is not placed on the floor. It should be positioned at least at waist height and sitting away from other electronic devices. If you are still getting a poor signal, try adjusting the position of the router’s antennae.
Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
3. ROUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY: The default passwords on routers are well known. If you don’t change the password you make it easy for others to plant malware on the router, which will slow it down. The same goes for the network ID (the password used to join your home network). If someone were to bypass this they would be attached to your network and would swallow bandwidth. For strong passwords, remember to include upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers and at least one symbol.
Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
4. ROUTER BRAND: The manufacturer of your router is important, as not all routers are the same. Recommended brands include Linksys, Asus and TP-Link.
Better Wi-Fi in five easy steps
5. ROUTER SIGNAL ENHANCEMENT: If you can’t afford to replace your router, you might consider the cheaper alternative of a signal enhancer, such as the above model from TP-Link.