Boost your WiFi speed to be fit for home working

Boost your WiFi speed to be fit for home working

5th May 2020

If there’s one thing that’s changed at home since the UK has been in lockdown, it’s that the whole household is now trying to use the internet at the same time; Zoom Calls, Netflix/YouTube Streaming,Gaming & Music Streaming, all of which are causing your connection speed to severely suffer, causing plenty of arguments along the way…

Luckily, there are things you can do to relieve stress on your network. There are also small upgrades you can make to your network without breaking the bank…

Go Wired!

Although WiFi is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread, it has its downfalls… Try connecting your appliances directly to your home router using an ethernet cable, providing you with a faster, more reliable connection. Ethernet cables come in multiple categories, however Cat5 & Cat5e will be most suitable for home devices.

Turn that microwave off!

Believe it or not, microwaves can interfere massively with wireless connections. Next time you’re on a video call, playing a game or streaming a video and you suddenly lose connection, experience lag or have to wait for your video to buffer; check if the microwave is switched on! Both WiFi, and Microwaves work on a 2.4GHz band, in theory, microwaves should not emit any radiation, but most will leak some, resulting in electromagnetic or radio frequency interference.Devices running on a 5GHz band will not be affected.

Speak to your ISP, or find a new one…

Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) should offer free advice on how to monitor your internet speed and maximise bandwidth by making small tweaks to your home network. You should also ask whether you can upgrade your connection, without any loss of service, most ISPs will let you upgrade your internet package at any time to a faster connection which offers more bandwidth. If you still feel like that didn’t help, maybe it’s time to switch ISP… The site below will help you compare ISPs and speeds:

Powerline

If you want transfer speeds similar to direct ethernet, Power Line isa good solution for connecting appliances directly to your home router. Powerline uses the electrical wiring in your house to transfer data, so thick walls and wireless interference will no longer be a problem. Powerline works by plugging one adapter next to your home router, and connecting the two via an ethernet cable, the second adapter will plug next to the device you’d like to connect it to, these also connect together with an ethernet cable. Powerline adapters cost anywhere between £30 and £85, and can offer speeds of up to 300mbps (depending on your connection speed).

Not only will these methods boost your home WiFi, they’ll also stop those daily arguments about who’s hogging the internet!

Ollie
Written by Oliver Boughton-Thomas - Cyber Security Apprentice