Slow Wi-Fi is the most irritating thing, one ever encounters. But you shouldn’t be worry about this no more. Here are the simple tips and trick to check the reason behind slow Wifi and how to kill that reason. So, if you are annoyed by your slow Wifi, try the following steps to make it work faster.
1. Guess the Culprit
There may be two major reasons behind your slow Wi-Fi, either it will be your Internet connection or a faulty Wi-Fi router. to find the problem you will need an ethernet cable which usually comes with your Wi-Fi device. You have to connect your PC or laptop directly with Wi-Fi router. If it works fine then problem is with your Wi-Fi, then it may be an issue of internet connection and you may have to consult your ISP (Internet Service Provider). To solve the first possibility you have to check the health of your Wi-Fi signals and visibility of your Wi-Fi environment.
2. Get the visibility of your Wi-Fi environment
To check the wireless hotspot’s MAC address, encryption, signal strength and channel, and troubleshooting you have to install inSSedir. This tool will help you out to measure signal strength and estimate the performance of your Wi-Fi in various locations. See how walls, stairways, and doors affect your wireless network coverage.
You can download the latest version here.
After checking the Wi-Fi performance, it will help you choose the best channel for Wi-Fi connectivity. As too many networks sharing or overlapping a channel can slow down the performance of all Wi-Fi networks on that channel.
How to Pick a Better Channel for Your Wi-Fi with inSSedir
This video will explain the steps you have to perform after installing InSSedir to pick a better channel for Wi-Fi connectivity.
3. Adjust Power Plan of your Wireless adapter
Moreover, to increase signal strength you have to make sure that there are no electrical appliances near the Wi-Fi device. As these all devices such as microwave, refrigerator, wireless speakers, wireless console controllers and electronic heating system operate on same frequency of 2.4 GHz.So, these devices can interfere with the internet signals
After that you have to get Heatmap of your network and analyze the best coverage areas within your home or surroundings. If you are not using a router connected to a landline, then placing your Wi-Fi router at appropriate location to catch the signals from your ISP as well. To get the Heatmap you have to download ekahau HeatMapper.
This software has the capability to:
- See Wi-Fi coverage on a map
- Locate all access points
- Find available networks
- Detect security settings
- Supports 802.11n, as well as a/b/g
- Works on pretty much any Windows laptop
And above all this software is free of charge and takes minute for installation. You can download the software from here.
Following video explains the working of ekahau HeatMapper and how it briefs the user about Wi-Fi coverage.
4. What if, its the Router?
Restart the Wi-Fi Device
Sometimes just restarting the router will solve the problem. Just turn it off completely and wait for some seconds and then turn it on. May be it starts working.
Reset the Wi-Fi Device
If restarting the device isn’t helping you, you can just resetting the router to factory settings. There should be a reset button at the bottom or back of the router, usually it’s inside a hole. You can use pin to press that button in the hole and it may sort the issue. But it will also clean up all your network setting to default. And if the issue persists, you can contact your ISP or may be you have to buy a new router.
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