Microwaves, baby monitors, and even cordless phones are just a few of the many things that may be affecting your home internet connection. We’ve created a list of five of the most common culprits that slow down your home internet connection.
- Your Router
The placement of your router is key to having a great internet connection. Some rules to follow:
- Do not place your router on the ground.
- Place your router in the centre of your home
- Avoid placing your router next to your TV or any heat producing appliances (such as video game consoles), this greatly affects wireless performance
- Do not place your router in any cabinets
- The walls in your home
The more walls between the room and your router, the more your Wi-Fi signal degrades. The build material of your home makes a huge difference in the Wi-Fi. Wood panelling, drywall, plaster, and concrete are just a few building materials that each have their own resistance to Wi-Fi signals. The denser the wall is, the more it repels Wi-Fi signals. Concrete walls may be the worst of the bunch, even more so if it contains steel reinforcement.
One of the best solutions to combat this Wi-Fi loss is to purchase a home Wi-Fi solution, such as a Mesh system. Click to find out more about these solutions.
- Too many users
Your home network becomes congested when there are too many users. This is because your bandwidth is being shared amongst all users. If you have an important business call, make sure everyone in your household isn’t gaming or streaming a TV show. This will ensure more bandwidth is available for you.
- Too many devices
In addition to physical users, your devices such as phones, TVs, computers, security systems, smart voice assistants, and more may be taking up more bandwidth than you realise.
- You are using a Wi-Fi repeater
Wi-Fi repeaters are not the best options to boost your Wi-Fi signal at home. Wi-Fi repeaters are home internet solutions that work by wirelessly connecting to your network and rebroadcasting the signal it receives. The process by which it does this result in repeaters losing 50% of its bandwidth! Instead, opt for other home Wi-Fi solutions, such as a Mesh system. Click to find out more.