Wi-Fi is the lifeblood of a smart home. Even if you aren’t streaming 4K movies constantly, or packing every nook and cranny of your home with smart devices, chances are that you’re always connected in some way or another.
As we become more mobile and utilize more Wi-Fi-enabled products, we can’t have everything plugged in with an Ethernet cable. So, here are a few ways to ensure that your wireless connection is ready to take on whatever you might throw at it.
Start With Your Router
If you’re looking to improve the Wi-Fi around your home, you might want to start by upgrading your router. Aging routers, or those provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), are not always strongest performers, especially as your start to add more devices around the home.
Performance largely depends on your home’s size, how many devices you’re connecting, and your streaming habits. For example, if you have a larger home with many devices, and regular 4K streaming, you’ll want to check out one of our Ultra Series routers, such as the award-winning AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router. Have a smaller home or apartment with only a couple of devices? Perhaps our AC1750 Wi-Fi Router will fit your needs.
Many routers are unsightly black boxes and that are commonly hidden from of sight. Luckily, times have changed and more stylish options are available. Our Ultra Series and EXO Series routers are examples of how solid performance can be mixed with eye-catching design and bold finishes. Not only will they blanket your home with speedy Wi-Fi, but they’ll almost serve as sculptural accents as well.
Placement is also key. Tucking a router in a closet that’s far away from where you actually use your Wi-Fi is going to impair speed and coverage. To ensure Wi-Fi signal is getting to most places around your home, place your router high up on a flat surface closest to where all the action is. If you consume all your media in the living room, get the router as close as possible to that area. You’ll also want to minimize the number of walls, décor, or bulky furniture that stand between your router and where you most often consume wireless signal.
Eliminate Blind Spots
In many cases, the placement of your router might be limited. Or, perhaps your home is very large, creating Wi-Fi dead zones that the router is struggling to reach. In these instances, a range extender is a quick and easy solution. These compact gadgets grab your router’s Wi-Fi connection and can send it to harder to reach areas of your home. They plug directly into an outlet and can be synched to your router in minutes. Our AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1620) even features a Wi-Fi Signal Strength Indicator which helps you find the optimal placement.
Update Your Firmware
In some cases, there’s a remedy for slow Wi-Fi already waiting for you. Make sure to check your router’s firmware on a regular basis. When new updates are available, this could help speed things up, as well as bring other useful features.
Lockdown Your Network
Living in a dense neighborhood can increase your chances of having unauthorized users on your Wi-Fi network. Adding WPA2 security to your network, and making sure to use a strong password, can cut down on others using your Wi-Fi for surfing, streaming and downloading, which ultimately impacts your network speed. In addition to speeding up your networking, keeping it secure with a password will also help to limit attacks on your home computers.