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How to Make Wifi Connection Stronger

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Everyone aims for hassle-free web surfing, but not everyone can enjoy continuous wi-fi connection due to a wide range of factors. You’d be surprised that internet issues from around the world are very similar, but to be able to strengthen your wi-fi connection, you should first diagnose the problem. 

One or more of the following reasons below could be causing the slow down or no internet:

  • Obstruction and distance – Is your wifi router near your computer? Is the router physically near the devices you’re using? You can find a Wi-Fi analyzer tool or app to determine the Wifi router’s reach. You would likely have bad wi-fi if there are obstructions like walls, furniture, appliances, rooms, ductwork, and other objects literally blocking wifi signals from reaching your device. 
  • Signal interference – With the number of other devices we have in a typical household, you might be unaware that your baby monitor, smartphone, microwave oven, or other devices also occupy the same radio frequency band of your wifi and can interfere with your internet. 
  • Outdated or weak routers – Routers also do not come equally. If you have one that’s a lower-end model or outdated, your household or office requirements could take over the router’s capacity and you’ll end up with un-favorable wifi connections. 
  • Your ISP – Many people blame their internet service providers first before checking all other possibilities. After all, it is the easiest to do since the ISPs have tech support teams employed to help you diagnose your wifi connection problem and hopefully fix it for you. While the ISPs can be the culprit of your bad internet, this isn’t always the case. 

The reason why you have a weak wifi connection may even be due to your own day-to-day activities online. Do you participate in bandwidth-hogging activities like video chatting? Maybe you stream simultaneously on multiple devices? 

Now That You Know the Common Causes of Weak, Lagging, or Slow Internet, Here Are the Top 10 Things You Can Do to Make Wifi Connection Stronger

  1. Move your router around and check if the signals reach your computer or devices. Double-check with your officemates or housemates if their access to the wifi didn’t change with the move. 
  2. Remove obstructions between the router and your location. Metal objects affect the signals the most, followed by glass, plastics, and wood. Even a thick piece of cardboard could cause disruptions, so be sure to go through every corner of your place. 
  3. Check household appliances that could potentially interfere with wifi signals. Look for electric razors, dishwashers, microwave ovens, smart kitchen tools like your smart coffee maker, TVs, and so on. If it is not possible to turn them off, try to move them away from your wifi router (or vice versa). 
  4. Update your router. If it’s possible to update your router’s firmware, ask your ISP to update it for you. If not, you should save up to upgrade to a newer router with better capacities and advanced technologies. If you don’t keep your router up-to-date, you might suffer from slow connections for a long time. Or worse, leave your connection susceptible to malware attacks. 
  5. If your house or office has dead zones (spaces that do not have wifi access), you can invest in a wifi extender. This tool, which is also called wifi booster or repeater, does exactly that – repeats/boosts/extends wifi signals so it could reach previously unreachable locations. 
  6. Invest in a stronger antenna for your router. This is an underrated solution but might just work for you if you already have a new router but are still experiencing weak internet. Do note that strong antennas can be larger than your router, but if you don’t mind its comical look, you can just enjoy better connections with this method. 
  7. Keep leeches from using your wifi without your permission. Make sure to change your password regularly to keep unauthorized people from eating up your bandwidth. 
  8. Tinker with router settings and channels. 
    • Channels: Not everybody knows this, but every router actually has multiple Wifi channels and if you feel the channel you’re using is in a traffic jam, you can try other channels that have fewer “people” connected to it. 
    • Wifi technology: While you’re at it, check if your devices and router support the newest wireless technology, IEEE 802.11ac, and switch to this tech if possible.  
    • Wifi Frequency: You can also switch to the 5 GHz wireless frequency if you’re still using 2.4 GHz.
  9. Find and stop bandwidth-hungry apps in the background of your computer or portable devices. You might not be intentionally using them, but some apps run quietly, but still use the internet to do their job.
  10. If none of the options above are working, you should measure your wifi requirements. Maybe your wifi plan isn’t enough to accommodate your demands anymore. If this is the case, you’ll need to call your ISP for an upgrade or move to a completely different company instead. 

Lastly, maybe the problem is just simple. Try to reboot your wifi router, your computer, or any other device you’re using and see if the connection comes back stronger. 

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