Working from home is now more popular than ever with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. People all over the world are having to switch gears and remote from home. What’s the issue? Sometimes Wi-Fi isn’t the friendliest…

We all know how big of a pain it is when your Wi-Fi is lagging while watching a movie or talking to your boss over Skype. What can you do to fix that without spending a dime?

FREE, Yes, Free Fixes That Can Speed Up Your Wi-Fi

1. Move closer to your router.

Moving closer to the router will help stabilize a spotty connection and better the speed. Raising the router also will help spread the signal. Routers tend to spread the signal downward, so if it is resting low or on the floor, you are not maximizing your coverage.

2. Keep your wi-fi out in an open, central spot.

Be careful where you place your router. Not all places are suitable. Say you place it in your cabinet, the building materials in the cabinet can block the signals. For the best results, place the router in the center of your home, take into consideration that thicker walls tend to also absorb more of a Wi-Fi signal than thinner walls. Fun Fact: Fish tanks absorb radiation too, so your Wi-Fi signal is likely to be hung up near pools, tubs and yes, even your fish tank.

3. Set up wireless security.

If left unsecured, users of that network are left with a potential threat. It can cause dramatic slowdowns thanks to users who leech off of open networks. Remember to never use the same password and use multi-factor authentication when possible. There has already been a dramatic rise in breaches since the beginning of the pandemic on remote access users. Hackers are using COVID-19 to take advantage of the situation.

4. Update your router’s firmware.

If your device has any buggy problems, this should help. Most routers have automatic updates, some require you to log into your router’s admin page and update manually. Keeping your router up to date will keep it running fast and smoothly.

5. Retire older wireless devices you don’t currently need.

Older devices can tie up your network because they hold onto network connections longer than newer devices do. Unplug the things you don’t need right now (gaming systems, tv, etc.), they will constantly be connecting to services on the internet, slowing it down.

If you choose to spend money…

Increase the speed of your internet connection.

Your internet connection is limited to the service plan you’ve subscribed to. If you are still having issues with videoconferencing quality, this may something you want to look into.

Purchase an extender for any dead zones.

You can improve the reliability and connections in a specific area that you are having issues with. The connection should not be any slower.

Time to buy a new router.

If you have had absolutely no luck with your router, maybe it is time to purchase a new one that better fits your needs. Do your research before hand and know exactly what you are looking for.

If you’re looking to upgrade your at home furniture and equipment, check out this article for some great recommendations. 

You’ve got this

Give it a try, ya never know. It could be an easier fix than you ever imagined. Remember to stay focused while working from home, it becomes very easy to get distracted. Keep your normal schedule and routine. Stay safe and healthy.