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02.13.2020 / Education, Technology

Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Home Internet Speed

You know the feeling.

You’re enjoying your favorite show on Netflix when suddenly, you get the loading screen of doom. You wait patiently, hoping it’s not another outage because nothing kills a well-earned weekend TV binge like a slow internet connection. The internet bill has been paid, and as far as you know, there hasn’t been any natural disasters that might affect your service. So, why is your internet so slow?

Many factors can influence the quality of your internet connection. Fortunately, some require a simple solution. Here are 5 ways to help you get the most from your home Wi-Fi connection.

1.Fine-tune your home Wi-Fi environment
Think of this as internet Feng Shui. Although your router may not be the most decorative piece of hardware, it must be placed in an elevated, visible environment. Spaces like a shelf will help to ensure a clear broadcast and faster internet speeds. Also, consider the router’s proximity to large metal objects or electronic devices like microwaves that might interfere with the Wi-Fi signal.

2. Always update your router’s firmware
Today, most brands of popular routers provide regular firmware updates online. By regularly updating the router’s firmware, you can avoid interruptions to internet speeds or service delays. However, if your router hasn’t recently released a firmware update, it may be time to invest in a new device.

 

3. Learn the difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
When choosing an internet service provider, it’s essential to understand the difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Apartments or small homes with several devices may benefit from a 5 GHz router, which transmits shorter frequencies and faster speeds. Conversely, large homes with devices spread out across several floors may choose a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi because it can carry frequencies over longer distances but at slower speeds. Need a mix of both? Consider getting accessories like repeaters or extenders, which can mimic your primary router throughout your space. Note: most newer devices will switch to the optimal connection automatically.

 

4. Give your router some tender loving care
Technology, like the rest of us, sometimes needs a rest. Every few weeks, it may be necessary to turn off your router on occasion for 30 seconds to one minute to give your router a chance to refresh its signal and clear its cache. Doing this will not only extend the longevity of your hardware, but it will also reset the device so that it can broadcast the clearest Wi-Fi signal.
 

5. Do you need more data capacity?
If you’ve tried all of these solutions with no luck, you may want to consider increasing your data capacity or changing internet service providers. Before you do, gather information from your current provider about your data habits. Are you merely browsing the web? Or do you stream and upload a lot of videos to YouTube? By learning more about your regular data habits, you can select an internet service provider with a data plan designed to fit your home Wi-Fi needs. When you’re ready to make a change in your home internet, ask about Rocket Fiber’s residential internet services to experience lightning-fast internet speeds without data caps.

For more solutions to improve your home internet connection, contact our team to learn about Rocket Fiber’s residential internet services.

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