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How to Speed Up WiFi Using These 7 Tips

Slow Internet speeds? I hate them. I use my Internet extensively, so when my speeds are slow, I definitely notice. When I call my ISP, I always get the same thing:

  • Reset your router
  • Reset your modem

It’s a losing battle. ISPs know that you don’t have many options, so you’re going to struggle to get anyone to listen to you and actually help you. That’s why I am going to explain how to speed up WiFi connections.

These tips won’t involve you having to call your ISP.

How to Speed Up WiFi at Home Using These 4 Tips

I remember researching how to speed up WiFi speed on PC years ago when I was a hardcore gamer, and many of the same tricks and techniques I found then will work today.

1. Invest in a Few Upgrades

Want real, fast change to your WiFi? Take a look at your:

  • Modem
  • Router
  • ISP

I routinely look at multiple avenues when trying to find the best Internet speeds. If your ISP limits your speeds at 10 Mbps, nothing you do besides paying for better speeds to help increase WiFi speeds.

But if your speed is strong in one area and not the next, invest in a newer modem or router.

Routers with multiple antennas work best.

2. Change the Channel on Your Router

Your router runs on different channels. Do a quick search for how to access your router’s interface and then change the desired channel. If multiple people are on the same channel, the congestion can lead to slower speeds.
Your location will have a major impact on your overall speeds.

If you’re located in a high population area, a simple channel change can drastically improve your Internet speeds and WiFi signal strength.

3. Router Placement

Keeping your router in the wrong room of your home can lead to weaker signals and slower speeds. You’ll want to place your router in a central location in your home so that all rooms have a strong signal.

Simple router placement changes can greatly increase your WiFi strength, boosting your Internet speeds in the process.

4. Follow These Few Tricks

You’ll find a lot of tricks that may help you increase your WiFi speeds:

  • Disconnect some devices from the router
  • Reboot the router
  • Turn off unwanted processes on your PC
  • Upgrade your computer’s wireless card
  • Limit bandwidth from data-hogging devices
  • Install a WiFi extender
  • Change your DNS

If you follow all of these tips, you’ll be sure to increase your overall WiFi speed.

Will a WiFi Extender Speed Up My Internet?

If you install the, RangeXTD WiFi booster, you’ll be ensuring that you have:

  • Better signal strength
  • Better speeds in areas where signal strength was low

Signal strength will increase allowing for higher speeds in covered areas, but these speeds will not be higher than in areas where you have a strong signal.

So, while you may have faster WiFi speeds in areas where connections were weak, you won’t have faster speeds that exceed your current strong connection speeds.

Will Mesh WiFi Speed Up Internet Connections?

No. A mesh network is very similar to a WiFi extender and will increase strength but not increase overall Internet speeds in areas where signal strength is high.

How to Speed Up my WiFi Hotspot Using These 3 Tips

A hotspot is a little different because you’re completely at the mercy of your mobile service. I know I use Verizon and T-Mobile, and the speeds can vary so much. Why?

These companies want more money.

A lot of the hotspot plans offer:

  • 4G for a certain amount of data
  • 3G after you go over a certain threshold

You may also be dealing with speed caps and caps on streaming speeds. There’s not much you can do if these limits are holding back your speeds.

But if these limits are not holding your speeds back, you can speed up WiFi connections using these tips:

1. Strategic Placement

Where is your hotspot located? How many bars of service do you have? If you have one bar, your weak connection is going to have a major impact on your overall speeds. The idea is to find the place in your home or outdoor area where you have the strongest signal.

You can run a speed test to check your connection speeds.

There are apps that will test your connection strength, or you can go from room to room to find the best speeds.

If you’re very dedicated, you can look up close cell towers in your area and try and position yourself as close to these towers as possible. When possible, go to a higher level of your home where there’s less possible interference – trees, hills, etc.

2. Limit Distance from Hotspot

Your distance from your hotspot should be as limited as possible. What I mean by this is that you should be using your device as close to the hotspot as possible. If you have a hotspot running in your living room and you’re three rooms away, chances are your WiFi connection will degrade.

The signal must go through walls and other interruptions, and this can bring even strong, fast speeds to a crawl.

3. Change Bands on Android

How can I speed up my WiFi on my phone’s hotspot? It depends. IOS should handle the hotspot band on its own. Android, on the other hand, has settings that will allow you to change from the.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

You can change the hotspot band on your Android device using these steps:

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap Connections
  • Tap Mobile Hotspot and Tethering
  • Tap Configure Mobile Hotspot
  • Navigate to Show advanced options

You’ll want to select the use 5 GHz band setting. While this may not provide an immediate boost in speed, it may provide a boost when you’re in-range of 5G towers.

Now that you know how to speed up WiFi connections, read our article on how to extend your WiFi range for stronger connections through your home or office.

September 10, 2020


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