Yahoooo, it’s TGIF again! I believe most of you are well prepared for a couch potato weekend (home movie marathon and loads of popcorn!! YAY!!) or gaming all-night with your best buddies. Hope you already have your Netflix account, if not, here are two easy steps you can follow if you wish to sign up.
But before you get down to the movies, snacks and online games, let’s not forget the importance of Wi-Fi. Like anything that matters (your relationship with your other half perhaps hehe?), your Wi-Fi set up needs some attention too.
Wi-Fi plays a huge part in our daily lives these days. Anyone who disputes this just needs to recall the days of dial-up Internet access … Yeah haha, Wi-Fi is the channel to the outside world (for me at least). Without Wi-Fi, most of the time we’re as good as caveman (and yes, dial-up was THAT prehistoric hahaha).
And I know you still have your mobile data plan, but why would you want to burn your daily data (and a huge hole in your pocket) when you have Wi-Fi at home?!
So, without further ado, here’s a checklist for what you can try at home to boost your Wi-Fi!
1. Find the perfect spot
The location of your router plays a huge part in providing the best Wi-Fi experience!
It isn’t a very nice-looking piece of home decor haha, so it’s understandable that you might have placed it where it’s less visible. Just don’t forget that the router is what gives you your Wi-Fi signal, so avoid hiding them directly behind your wardrobe, cabinet or television! The best height for router placement is between your waist and shoulders (not knees and toes hahaha)! Reason? The general height when we use our devices are between waist to shoulder level. So keep your router elevated at that height as much as possible! Keep the antenna pointed upright as well, so the router spreads the signal widely and horizontally!
Also, avoid placing your router next to a thick wall. Stone, metal and concrete can block out your signal, resulting in bad connection!
If you’d like some help finding the perfect spot for your router, you can always give the ViewQwest hotline a call at +65 6723 8100 or head to our e-store to book an appointment for home consultation! Home consultation is free of charge, and it’s a service that no one but ViewQwest provides for its valued subscribers! :D
2. Select the right channel
For all Android users (and yes this includes those subscribed for our very own Android TV service, ViewQwest TV) , you can download Wifi Analyzer. It is a free Wi-Fi scanner app that scans all the Wi-Fi channels available around your home.
Essentially, every Wi-Fi network transmits and receives data on a certain channel. So if too many routers are using the same channel, the router signals will interfere with each other, causing bad connection. The good news though, is that you can manually change your router channel! But first, scan your area to see who’s using which channel and pick out the one with the least number of users!
No more fighting over signals on the same channel as your neighbours! I’ve changed mine to channel 11 after consulting my ViewQwest technician over the phone! He gave me a step-by-step run through, :D
If you have dual band (more on this in the next point) or two routers at home, it also makes sense to select two lesser-used channels that are far apart (based on the above image, I would select channel 4 and 11). Similar to the point above, you don’t want your own routers signals to be interfering with each other. :)
3. Two is better than one!!
Get a dual band wireless router, which features both a 2.4 GHz band and a 5.0 GHz band, allowing for connections on both bands, and providing higher speeds in general. Dual band routers are important for those who are certain that multiple users will need to be connected to the internet at one time.
For single band routers, imagine your smartphone and laptop, along with your dad’s smartphone and laptop, and your mom’s and brother’s devices all connected to a single Wi-Fi channel! Too many connected devices on one channel will result in … you guessed it … bad connection and lag!
But with dual band, you can split the abovementioned devices across two different bands – your parents’ devices on one band, and your’s and your brother’s devices on the other (on how to select a different channel for each band, see point 2).
As always, if you need help optimizing your dual band set up, don’t hesitate to give the ViewQwest hotline a call at +65 6723 8100 or book an appointment for home consultation. A technical adviser will be happy to assist you!
4. Get rid of other interferences
Keep your cordless phones, wireless devices (smartphones and tablets) and microwaves (Why would you have a microwave near your router though?) far far away, to ensure your router doesn’t get any third party signal interruptions. Cordless phones and microwaves in particular, will affect your router’s signal if they are positioned nearby. So avoid permanently placing these devices or appliances within 1 metre of the router to avoid signal complications!
5. Lock it up!!
Always, always, always, set a Wi-Fi password! I know it’s kinda ‘duh’ but I still can’t emphasize this enough.
It is extremely important to lock your Wi-Fi to prevent others in the vicinity from hooking on and stealing your connection!
Not only does it cause lag, you do not know what they might download with your connection. They might be illegally downloading content and you could be eventually fined for a crime you did not commit!
Hope this post helps you optimize your internet better now! After I learnt them, they definitely helped me loads!
Don’t forget to take note of these little pointers if you’re preparing for a huge movie night with friends at your place this weekend! Bet you wouldn’t want to be disconnected from your games as well, teehee. XD