Lately, the internet has been a vital part of our lives. Especially, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and forced millions of people to stay inside their houses. Although the internet has been in existence for a long time now. But this time, it was the only medium left to stay connected.
Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc. became places for work, meet up with friends and family, and continue to educate. People are now sufficiently familiarized with working remotely by streaming live. The slow internet speed during the pandemic came out as another technological challenge while working from home. So, how can you boost your Wi-Fi speed, to ace your work reports while working from home? Here are 5 ways to enhance your Wi-Fi connectivity.
Pick an Internet Provider With the Fastest Speeds
If you haven’t looked around the internet providers in your area then you are probably missing out a great deal for yourself. The competition in the market is tougher than ever and the service providers ensure to keep their new customers happy. The internet speed varies by region, and some cities in the US and the UK have access to gigabit connections now. If you investigate around, you might unearth an affordable provider offering over 50 Mbps.
Test Your Speeds Regularly, Even Monitoring in Real-Time
There are a lot of tools available to test your Wi-Fi speed. Test your smartphone or any other device via Wi-Fi. Make sure you conduct this test near the router without any wall or other objections in between. Then move around your house to test from a distance and check the lowest or highest point of your Wi-Fi. After doing all this, you will be able to determine whether the speeds you are getting to meet your needs or not.
Determine if You are Being Throttled or Experiencing Congestion
Internet Service Providers intentionally slow down high-bandwidth traffic if they discover that you are using applications, such as Netflix or YouTube which eat up a lot of bandwidth. This is another aspect of throttling where ISPs try to regulate network traffic to minimize congestion. However, you can set a VPN to protect your internet connection by making it harder for ISPs to inspect what you are doing. This tool will also help you run a test to check if you are getting faster speeds for streaming media. You can check your download speed, if it shoots up, you know that you are being throttled.
Reset Your Connection to Avoid “Sticky Wi-Fi”
Sticky Wi-Fi is the ability of your device to connect to a particular internet connection immediately without trying to search for a better one, even though a speedier connection may come into the range. For example, once you connect your smartphone to a Wi-Fi hotspot, it will constantly stick to it without making an effort to connect to a better available hotspot. This clingy behavior of your Wi-Fi results in issues with file transfers or downloads, video calls, etc. The only workaround to this is, simply to reset your connection.
Restart Your Modem and Router
Well, this should have been the first measure in the list of Wi-Fi fixes. Unplugging your modem or router might be one of the modest fixes, but it works most of the time. Did you know that your router is a mini-computer, including a CPU, memory, local storage, and even its operating system? This brings us to the reason why a simple restart to your router fixes most of the issues. Synonymous with any computer, a router can run into any number of issues. So, just how a reboot to a misbehaving solves the errors, similar is the case with your router. Disconnect, count 10 Mississippi’s, reconnect, and see if it works. The chances are higher for positive results.
We hope that your internet is now working at a glorious speed.