There's nothing worse than a bad Wi-Fi connection. If you are dealing with a spotty signal, don't start yelling at your router. Your surrounding home dwellers may be the root of the problem.
says that your WiFi woes could be a result of being on the same channel as your neighbor. A little unknown fact: Each router is built with several channels that offer WiFi signals and like a radio, channels that are next to each other can sometimes mix with other frequencies making them weak, according to router company . So if you and all of your neighbors have multiple devices competing to get a WiFi signal from the same channel, your signal could be much weaker.
Luckily, there is a way you can fix this. Here, we've provided the step-by-step guide:
- On a Mac, hold down the option key and click on WiFi in the menu bar.
- Select "open wireless diagnostics"
- Ignore the set up wizard and go to "window" and then click "scan."
- Scan the networks where you are most likely to use WiFi.
- On the left, you will find the Mac's recommendation for the best channels to use. Take note of these.
- Grab your iPhone and download the AirPort Utility App or if you use Android, you can download Acrylic Wi-Fi or WiFi Analyzer.
- Go into your phone's settings and enable the app's WiFi settings, by scrolling down and clicking on AirPort Utility and then toggling the WiFi Scanner on.
- Open the app and run a scan on the surrounding routers. Take note of the popular channels being used. (In our example, it was Channel 44).
- Then go back to your computer and log into your router by typing your router's IP address into the browser bar. You can also use the software provided by your router's manufacturer.
- Locate the basic wireless setup, then find your network(s) and change them to the channels that were recommended by your Mac. If you find that your router uses 2.4 GHz frequency, channels 1,6 and 11 are the best.
- Save your changes and voilà! You are now getting a lot less WiFi interference from devices that aren't yours.
If this trick doesn't solve your slow connectivity, it could be that you need a stronger WiFi system that extends the signal throughout your home. When tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute, the Eero Home Wifi System was the top performer.
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