Are your Netflix movies stuttering?  Are you kids complaining about lagging Fortnite battles?  Your home’s Wi-Fi network could need some attention.  The good news is you have a few options to improve the speed and performance of your wireless network.  Hot Coffey has a few tips to help if you have several Wi-Fi devices on your network at the same time- such a computer, printer, smartphone, tablet, smart TV, video game console, multi-room sound system, and smart home devices.

Examine your router.  The first step is to ensure your router, which enables your wireless internet, is in an optimal spot.  Keep it on the main or top floor of your home and close to the center of the house for optimum reach.  Refrain from keeping your router in a closet or hidden from view.  This may make it harder for devices to get a strong signal.  Also, if it’s been a few years since you bought a new router, it’s likely time to pick up a new one.  The new models are much faster, more secure and easier to set up than previous models.

Consider going mesh.  If you like a larger home or an older home with say, concrete walls, you might consider a mesh network, composed of an advanced router with multiple bases or hubs around the house.  These hubs wirelessly communicate with the router to blanket a broader space with faster and more reliable Wi-Fi.  Another benefit: unlike the case with a repeater or extender, you don’t need to change the name of the network, as your Wi-Fi-enabled devices will automatically join the closest and strongest signal.

Check your service.  If these steps don’t do the trick, check with your internet service provider to see if there’s a faster service in your area.  Usually, the more you pay, the faster the download and upload speeds you’ll enjoy and the more data you’re allowed to use per month.  If your provider offers it, unlimited is the way to go, especially if you have multiple devices on your Wi-Fi network at home.

Keep it safe.  Especially now that routers have a broader range than ever, it is critical to have a good password on your home’s Wi-Fi network.  A good password is at least seven characters long, has a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.  It is important to password protect your network so that your neighbors can’t get a free ride and slow down your internet performance.  It is also just an added layer of protection for nearby web surfers looking to hack into your network.

Hot Coffey Design is your one-stop web development and marketing company  for your growing business.  But, we are a family-based company that knows how important your home is.  We love providing tips to make your tech world easier at work and at home!