If Everyone’s Home, Your Wi-Fi Might Suffer. Let’s Fix That.
Bring Fast, Reliable Internet to Every Room
You’re in the home office, downloading a document from your work’s server and joining a company-wide Zoom call. Across the hall, your spouse is also logged on for work, streaming music while they type. The kids are learning from home, and when they’re off duty, play games online with their friends.
That’s a lot of activity on your wireless network, and it could be slowing down your connection. And if you live in a large or historic house, you may find that certain areas and rooms hardly receive a signal at all.
Does that sound like your Wi-Fi? Maybe it’s time for a 2021 upgrade. With our modern, remote-based lifestyles, there’s no time for slow internet. Read on to learn a few ways we can update your home networking in Fort Worth, TX.
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Reasons Your Wi-Fi Is Slow
Many factors could be slowing down your home network, including:
· Building materials (metal, brick, wood, drywall, etc.)
· Outdated router firmware
· Far distance from the router
· Channel interference from neighbors
· Internet Service Provider (ISP) throttling
Because many problems can slow down your Wi-Fi, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But the following tactics could vastly improve your home network.
Fix #1: Upgrade Your Router
New routers provide better wireless speeds than older ones because outdated routers can’t work with new Wi-Fi standards. At the very least, make sure you invest in a dual-band router.
A dual-band router provides two different networks—one for 2.4 GHz frequencies and one for 5 GHz. The 2.4 GHz band is slower but spreads the signal over a further range, while the 5 GHz band is faster at a shorter range. You can move devices between the two, choosing 5 GHz for faster results.
When purchasing a new router, make sure you find one that supports at least 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) or 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4) technology. But for the best performance possible, Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless network technology. Wi-Fi 6 routers can send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast with faster speeds than ever. It’s still new and not supported by all technology yet but is the future of Wi-Fi.
Fix #2: Try Wireless Access Points in a Mesh Network
Sometimes one router is not enough. A mesh network uses access point devices to create a system of Wi-Fi signals across rooms and floors. You’ll still use the main router alongside a network of satellite nodes throughout the property, so you’ll stay connected everywhere.
Access points are all part of the same wireless network, accessed by the same password. You can even use weatherproof access points outdoors so that you can swap the home office for the patio for some vitamin D.
Fix #3: Use Enterprise-Grade Networking Devices
Another option is to ditch home networking equipment altogether and use the technology businesses and universities rely on—enterprise-grade networking. Enterprise-grade hardware is manufactured to support larger spaces at higher speeds and is strong enough to support malls, offices, and schools.
Enterprise-grade hardware lasts much longer than consumer-level equipment and is built to support more users. If you live in a house greater than 2,000 square feet and use smart home technology, you may benefit from an industrial-grade update.
Fix Your Poor Wi-Fi Connection
Ready to enjoy faster internet speeds? Contact our Fort Worth-based team to find a home networking solution that works for you. We can survey your property and install a system suited to your needs. We look forward to helping you!