Nothing is more frustrating than slow speeds especially when you don’t know why! Most of the time, slow speeds can be resolved by simply optimizing the way the WiFi network in your home works.
Don’t worry; it’s easier than it sounds!
One super simple way to improve your WiFi speed is to adjust where your router is located in your home. The best place to put it is the center of your home. If that’s not an option, check that it isn’t on the floor in a closed closet or directly next to thick barriers like concrete, brick or stone.
The next step is understanding how your router broadcasts the WiFi signal. Your router uses a variety of wavelengths and channels. The channels available to you are based on which WiFi signal your router or devices support. (Did you know? Your internet speed isn’t just determined by your router; the age of the devices you’re using play a role as well!)
For optimal speeds, your router should have 802.11ac or newer. You should also check that the device you’re trying to use supports a newer WiFi standard. (All enTouch routers use 802.11ac or newer).
Newer routers are what is called “dual-band.” This means they use two different frequencies: 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. (Some are even “tri-band” with 2 separate 5.0 GHz frequencies!)
By separating devices into these two frequencies, you will give your devices the chance to spread out rather than be lumped together competing for bandwidth.
Since 2009 the 5.0 GHz frequency been slowly adopted by the general public and become the frequency of choice in most homes. It’s faster and provides a more reliable connection. It’s the newer technology, and it’s tempting to use 5 GHz all the time and write off 2.4 GHz. But if all of your devices are on 5 GHz, you haven’t solved anything at all!
Your best bet is to move your older devices onto the 2.4 GHz band as well as devices like indoor cameras, thermostats, baby monitors and doorbell cameras. This will free up your 5.0 GHz frequency for streaming more TV and music, allowing your heavy-use devices like laptops and smartphones to spread out and stop competing with other household devices.
So how do you know which frequency to use? The 2.4 GHz can cover a larger area and is better at getting through walls and the 5.0 GHz is faster but covers less distance and isn’t as good as penetrating through solid objects.
Tips to get more out of your signal:
Router placement is key. Place your router in a central location in your home. Mount it higher off the floor and away from electronic devices.
Restart your router regularly. A simple reboot of your router can fix a lot of issues with speed.
Unplug your router
Wait 30 seconds
Plug in router. Wait for connection to reconnect (Usually about 1 minute)
Close applications when not in use. Even if you are not using certain applications, they could possibly still be using bandwidth.
Make sure to have a strong password. A strong password not only keeps your personal information off limits to others, it also keep those near you off your network and will help free more bandwidth.
Upgrade your router. A new dual-band router and the latest hardware will allow you to be up-to-date with the latest technology available.
Utilize a strategy to optimize dual-band frequency for the different devices in your home.
EnTouch has offered up to 1 Gbps speeds to over 95% of our network since 2019. If you’re interested in upgrading your internet speed, call 281.225.1402 to speak with a sales rep today.