Things That Affect Your Wi-Fi Speed and Ways to Deal with Them

Nowadays, imagining a life without Wi-Fi seems complicated and even reckless when your job, social interactions and day to day planning depend on having a good internet connection. Don Burns knows that Wi-Fi has become a necessity today, allowing individuals to have access to all sorts of information in short.

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There are many variables that can affect your Wi-Fi connection, some of them are unknown for most people, making it sometimes difficult to speed up your internet connection. These variables can cut your Wi-Fi speed and slow your working peace or affect your communications. Since these situations can be rather annoying, in this blog you will find a list of things that can affect your Wi-Fi speed and ways to solve them.

It is important to keep in mind that Wi-Fi uses two radio frequencies: 2,5 GHz and 5 GHz. The first one is older and the second one is newer, both of them are standard. There are many routers nowadays that can switch from one frequency to the other, choosing which one is best for the user. Also, data is transferred through channels, most of them belong to the 5 GHz frequency (30) and a few to the 2,5 GHz frequency (14).

Related: The Best Way To Troubleshoot Your Wireless Connection

Localization

The place where the router is located at deeply affects your Wi-Fi speed. This is why choosing the “perfect” spot to leave your router becomes crucial. A tiny shift in its position will affect its speed and its potential. You can pass from having a great speed and losing everything in one minute.

Something most people don’t know is that locating your router at a higher position can affect your Wi-Fi speed. Usually, people simply buy a router, unpacks it and locates it at a safe place (away from pets, children and vulnerable places). These places may even include the ground. It turns out that the higher your position your router, the better its signal may be.

The broadcasting range of the router amplifies when it is located at a higher position. This happens because no objects are blocking the Wi-Fi signal, keeping it away from possible interferences.

There are some materials that can block the Wi-Fi signal, such as concrete and metals. Wi-Fi waves need to flow easily in order to provide a good internet connection. When metal or concrete objects (like walls and doors) get in the way, routers cannot perform properly. It is crucial to make sure that the router stays away from blocking objects, such as electronic devices.

Distance

It seems logical, however, many people don’t have information about his item. They further away you stay from the router, the weaker its Wi-Fi signal will be. It is recommended to anyone to stay as close as possible to the router, for this reason, individuals should place their router next to their working stations.

For those who work at an office, routers should be close to the main areas where a Wi-Fi connection is needed. On the other hand, inside households, routers should be placed near the center of the house. This way, individuals will be able to get a fast Wi-Fi signal anywhere inside the house.

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Signal Interference and Noise

We may not notice it but, we are surrounded by signals coming from electronic devices all day long. Some of these signals come from Wi-Fi routers and they can be detected using different apps and devices to determine their strength and speed. Detecting signals comings from different electronic devices is useful since they can interfere with your Wi-Fi speed sometimes, regardless the frequency in which they are detected.

Some of the most common devices which interfere with your Wi-Fi signal are microwave ovens, because they operate in a 1,45 GHz frequency, close to the Wi-Fi broadband frequency. This situation can cause frequencies to overlap and the transference of data can be disrupted. However, nowadays, most modern microwaves have been shielded so their waves cannot be detected outside the oven unit.

Other devices than can generate noise and interfere with the Wi-Fi connection are Bluetooth devices. In theory, well-designed Bluetooth devices should not interfere with the Wi-Fi connection, even though thought the operate in the same frequency Wi-Fi does.

A thing people can do to speed their Wi-Fi connection and prevent it from crashing is getting a Bluetooth device which is programmed to shift from one channel to another when it is being used by the Wi-Fi signal. When this is not enough, people can try to move the router further away from the Bluetooth device.

It may be hard to believe, but another electronic device that can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal is Christmas Lights. The lights generate an electromagnetic field that interferes with the Wi-Fi band. This happens especially with flashing lights.

A good way to speed your Wi-Fi in this situations is keeping the router away from the lights electromagnetic field.

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