Understanding WiFi
WiFi is what connects your personal devices, such as your laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the Internet without the need for a physical wired connection. In order to connect to a WiFi network, you need a modem (the device that connects your home to Internet service) and a router (which allows you to wirelessly connect multiple devices to that Internet service). Some users may have what is known as a modem/router combination device which combines the functionality of a modem and a router into one piece of hardware.
WiFi Performance
In order for WiFi signals to travel from your router to where you are using your device, it must pass through your walls and floors. Building materials like concrete and brick will reduce your WiFi signal strength.
You can think of it like listening to music. The quality of the sound depends on how close you are to the speakers, but also any walls the sound must pass through.
WiFi networks can become overcrowded. You can think of it like traffic on a highway. Just like the number of cars on the road can affect how quickly you can commute to work, the number of neighbouring WiFi networks around your home can have an impact on your WiFi performance.
This issue is common in high density living, like in condos or apartments.
Will I Have Enough WiFi Coverage for my Home?
There is no hard or fast rule to calculating how much WiFi coverage your router will offer. As mentioned above, there are a number of factors that can affect your WiFi performance, such as home construction materials (concrete, brick, heated floors), electronic devices that emit interference (microwaves, baby monitors, Bluetooth speakers), and even home decorations that may distort signals (mirrors and fish tanks).
Tips to Help You Get the Best WiFi Possible
Pick the Ideal Location for your Router
Location, location, location. Avoid metal objects and appliances. Try to place it in the center of your home.
Invest in a
WiFi Booster
Sometimes we need a little help from our friends. Boosters take a WiFi signal, amplify it, and transmit it again.
Your Router
Everyone appreciates a fresh start, even your router. Rebooting clears the memory and allows updates to install.
Testing Your Internet Speed
There are a number of websites available that you can use to measure the speed of your Internet connection. For the most accurate results, connect your device directly to your modem. If you are testing with a WiFi connection, stand within 10 feet of your modem, close all applications, and ensure you are the only one connected during the test.
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