They are always there, yet people hardly notice them. They enable people to experience all sorts of feelings; people laugh, cry, learn and communicate with each other thanks to WiFi routers. They are, in short, part of people’s lives. WiFi routers can be found in practically every part of the world—every home, every business, every city area—, and it is quite hard to imagine the world without their application and use. However, despite their traditional use, most people feel that their WiFi performance is not as good and reliable as they would desire. Donald Burns has previously talked about some things people can do in order to improve their WiFi signal; however, it is also important to note that there are some improvements and changes that can be carried out on the device itself.
Of course, even the most advanced wireless routers struggle to provide a reliable signal and cover an entire office or house. That is not a secret. However, in light of such circumstances, it is essential to know how to effectively get the most out of a WiFi device using the right tools. Widely used by IT professionals and households, NetSpot has definitely become a highly reliable tool for doing such thing.
NetSpot, used today as one of the strongest tools out there to improve WiFi routers, is capable of carrying out several things such as network analysis, site surveys and traditional network troubleshooting. It is quite useful, and it can even make a low-budget WiFi router perform just as good as those outside that price range. Need more? NetSpot aside from being easy-to-use, simple and powerful, is free.
Picking the most reliable Wireless Router
As mentioned in previous articles, not all routers are quite the same. Thus, it is also advisable for people to get rid of the router they are currently using and buy a new one instead. Chances are it will be definitely much better. Traditionally, routers were used just to connect people and companies to the internet; nonetheless, modern and non-traditional WiFi devices are way different and capable of doing a lot more: they provide internet access to not only desktop computers and laptops but also to smartphones, tablets and all kinds of new technologies. Their security protocols have been greatly improved; they now come with USB ports for information sharing and, of course, support and run on the latest wireless standards.
Some of the today’s modern WiFi routers are even capable of transmitting on two different frequencies at the same time—these are the ones commonly referred to as dual-band routers—. That, of course, is important as the 2.4 GHz band oftentimes tend to be highly crowded. Especifically in crowded areas—apartment blocks and crowded neighborhoods—, routers may broadcast a sheer array of different signals on the exact same channel, making it much harder for other electronic devices to collect the right amount of data packets in the middle of that fuss.
Likewise, today´s routers offer different signal ranges: there are some devices that literally look like giant spiders with several antennas attached to their bodies, and of course, those perform much better than those that come with built-in antennas.
Software updates have acquired a whole new level of importance especially amidst today’s myriad of cyber attackers. It has been established and calculated that cyber criminals are responsible for releasing up to 400,000 new malware versions on a daily basis and old, traditional—even unsafe—routers have subsequently become their prime victims. Thus, it is quite wise to wonder whether it is better to just purchase a new device in hopes of avoiding falling victim of unscrupulous criminals.
Poor signal? Do not blame your router
Prior to ranting about a WiFi signal, it is recommendable to analyze and consider what could be in fact affecting the quality of any WiFi signal and Internet speed. First and foremost, in order to get a much better signal and faster speed, wireless networks ought to be encrypted—which is also highly advisable for safety purposes—, otherwise, neighbors can access that signal and prevent the owner from getting the router’s whole capability of broadcasting and receiving data and information.
Second, in order to make sure the internet service provider is actually delivering the right download and upload speeds, users can use NetSpot in order to scan and rapidly assess the router’s connection speed. Any discrepancies between the results and the contract with the internet service provider is the real explanation as to why some routers perform under expected levels, and, last but not least, in order to get the most out of a Wireless Router, it is advisable to make sure to use a good working device—laptop, computer, smartphone, etc.—. Slow internet speed is often the consequence of malware infestations.
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