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Four Ways You Can Speed Up Your Home Wi-Fi

Sometimes your home Wi-Fi feels like it’s moving at a snail’s pace. With movies to stream, texts to send, and apps use, you don’t have time for that.

You might already know that you need to be protective of your personal information on public Wi-Fi. But even if your Wi-Fi is locked down tight with a password, you still might not be taking advantage of your Wi-Fi’s full capacity.

Test your connection

  1. Check the Status of Your Wi-Fi

The best way to figure out if your Internet is running at its full capacity is by using DFNDR’s Wi-Fi Check feature. Wi-Fi Check will test your network speed, download speed, connectivity, DNS security, and network security. That way, you’ll be able to easily tell if you’re getting the most out of your Wi-Fi. Click above to check your network speed right now.

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  1. Move Your Router

You might not realize that your router’s placement in your house affects how well it works. That means that you don’t want to hide your router behind doors or in cabinets. Instead, place your router out in the open, where it can stand without obstructions. If you can elevate your router, do so. Move it to the highest floor of your house or else put it on a cabinet that’s above all other objects. Also, make sure it is at the center of your home for the best connection. Finally, situate the router’s antennas so they are perpendicular.

  1. Don’t Let Other Appliances Interfere

One of the biggest reasons that routers don’t work as well as they should is because of appliances that interfere with your reception. Things that you might not expect to cause problems are cordless phones and microwaves. These appliances can suck your signal. One way to improve this problem is by buying a dual band router. If that’s not an option for you, simply move the router away from other appliances.

  1. Prioritize Certain Applications Over Others

We bet there’s someone in your house who streams a lot of shows from Netflix or plays online games for hours. Think about all of the smartphones, tablets, game consoles, TVs, appliances, etc. that you have connected to the Internet at all times. Obviously, these activities absorb a lot of bandwidth on communal devices. To stop some of these Internet hogs, you can use a Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritize certain applications, like Internet browsers, over others, or specific video chat applications. You can also turn off access to the Internet for certain devices and appliances when you’re not using them.