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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Is your internet a bit slow, especially at night when everyone in your house is trying to access the internet at the same time? Although the reasons vary from household to household, the strength of your Wi-Fi signal can be affected by the location of equipment, the number of connected devices and the layout of a home.
Here are some tips to boost your Wi-Fi and provide faster internet speeds.
Check the location of the router. Place your router in the central part of your house. Make sure the router is elevated (waist high) and not surrounded by other electronic devices. Avoid putting it on the floor, inside a cabinet, near metal objects, or in the corner or basement of your home. The walkway needs open spaces away from walls and obstacles.
Reduce the number of devices connected to Wi-Fi. If you have multiple phones, laptops, smart home devices, and any unused devices connected to your router, the internet can slow down. The more devices connected, the slower your device will be. Peak Internet hours are 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. When too many people access the Internet, speeds are affected. One idea is to disconnect all unused devices in your home to improve your internet functioning.
Check for interference. Wi-Fi signals are on the same radio frequency band as microwaves, cordless phones, baby monitors, security cameras, and Bluetooth devices. Avoid placing your router near these devices. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi penetrates glass better than concrete, brick walls, tall furniture and metal cabinets. Generally, homes with an open layout have better Wi-Fi.
Get rid of Wi-Fi freeloaders. Slow internet may have nothing to do with your signal; you might have a guest or two on your network. Make sure your Wi-Fi is encrypted and protected so no one else uses your bandwidth without your knowledge. If the neighbor downloads movies over your Wi-Fi, your video chats will suffer. Secure your network with a strong password.
Upgrade your devices. Your Wi-Fi issues can be attributed to the age of your devices. Remember that older laptops and smartphones may not download information as quickly as newer devices, especially if the device is four or five years old.
Restart your router. A hard reset allows your router to recalibrate and return to peak performance. Please note that this may cause your router to reset to the default password. Also, each connected device may not be able to connect without re-entering the password.
Everyone’s Wi-Fi situation is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to dealing with a weak signal. If you’re having trouble, start with some of the solutions above.
You might also consider TDS Wi-Fi+, a service available to residential Internet customers that delivers a strong Wi-Fi signal to all connected devices. Using mesh networking technology, TDS Wi-Fi+ minimizes dead spots, slow spots, and buffering by broadcasting Internet signals wirelessly from multiple points in a home, rather than a single location. The technology covers your entire home with a strong Wi-Fi signal, so you have a reliable connection and a great internet experience.
TDS Wi-Fi+ is working with eero, an Amazon company that provides advanced Wi-Fi systems, to deliver its Smart Whole Home Wi-Fi service. The technology uses machine learning to optimize the Wi-Fi signal and route network traffic efficiently. This ensures a strong signal and wide coverage.
TDS Wi-Fi+ is available in all TDS markets. Some restrictions apply. Please call for details at 844-691-9932 or go to HelloTDS.com.
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