Staying connected: Ways to Keep Your WiFi Speeds Up

We live in an age when Internet speed is considered a good measure of a given country’s progress. To this day, though, no one can quite beat the internet speed of South Korea, with its peak of 47.9 Mbit/s. The internet speed a single user in any country has often delineates how much information a user can access and send out through the web.

A high number of businesses and the vast anumajority of individuals in progressive countries rely heavily on the internet to go about their daily lives. Businesses in particular need to be perpetually connected online in order to gather data or to keep communicating with other company branches located in as far as other countries.  A lot of functions are now a daily necessity, such as email to fax, all of which can already be done online. This is why it’s especially important to keep your Internet speeds up. More speed means more work done.

We can’t all have Korea’s speed, but here are some tips on improving your WiFi speed:

  1. Position your wireless router in the best location for reception. The closer you are to the router, the better your reception will be. This may not work for a household that has to share the connection, but keeping the router in a position where everyone can access it at equal strength is always good. Remember that, while WiFi can penetrate walls, its signal diminishes with distance and obstruction. Try to have fewer obstructions at home or at work.
  2. Change the router’s antenna – This may seem trivial, but it definitely helps. Antennas emit the signal, and a different type of antenna can boost the strength of your WiFi signal and maintain connection to your device better. High-gain antennas will give you the best access to your WiFi.
  3. Consider getting a booster – This is what hotels and large buildings or areas use to spread out WiFi connectivity. Repeaters and boosters further bounce your WiFi towards the devices or other areas of the house or the floor, thus giving everyone stronger access to WiFi. Some boosters are strong enough to expand well past a household. (Tip: Don’t forget to secure your WiFi with a password! You don’t want anyone unauthorized leeching off your WiFi strength, or worse, using it to gain access to your personal accounts.)
  4. Look into the router’s CSMA settings – CSMA stands for Carrier Sense Multiple Access.  Many computers using WiFi at the same time could jam up the signals. Think of it as an intersection:if everyone tries to cross at the same time, no one gets through. The proper CSMA settings allow data packets to travel more efficiently between various users and the router.
  5. Look out for interference – There are many ways by which a WiFi signal can get interference, aside from physical objects. For example, other electronics can also lead to interference. Say you have a cordless phone nearby. You’ll be very surprised to know that the signals it transmits jams up the waves of your WiFi. Bluetooth devices and microwaves can also cause interference. By eliminating these, you can boost your system.