Our Computer Repairs Mobile Geeks needed a boost themselves after consuming so much chocolate in the office this Easter. Surprisingly, they’ve hit the ground running again and are out there doing what they do best. One thing they are coming across often is a request to boost internet speeds. Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to boost your Wi-Fi and you don’t need to be an expert in IT.
You would have noticed that signal strength varies in different areas of your house. It is worth installing signal strength software to help you identify blackspots. You can try moving your base station and you’ll be able to see if things improve. A good place for a base station is a central location within your house and of course, the higher it is, the better.
The monitoring software can also help you with identifying your neighbours hotspots. You’ll be able to see which channel each network is running on so if your neighbours network is interfering with yours, you could try a different channel – for 2.4GHZ networks, channels 1, 6 and 11 are meant to be best. Overlapping of networks is not so much an issue for 5GHZ networks as the channels are spaced apart more. Base stations are actually configured to use the best channel available, however, you could always restart it so it can scan for a better channel if there’s one available.
You may also experience interference from other electrical equipment within your house such as a telephone base stations and DSL modems so keep this in mind when you are choosing a spot for your Wi-Fi base station.
Another thing you could try is a Wi-Fi extender. They work by connecting to your network and rebroadcasting the signal.
Of course, if all else fails, please don’t hesitate to call our expert computer repairs Mobile Geeks!