1: Use Ethernet
Try plugging an ethernet cable directly from your router to the computer if possible. It will greatly improve your overall network performance.
2: Select an optimal location in your home
Move your WiFi router to an elevated, clear spot that is free from interference, home appliances, any metal or metallic objects or other wireless devices.
3: Choose a new WiFi channel
Just like lanes on the highway, there are multiple WiFi channels on which a router can broadcast. If you’re experiencing slow performance, try these steps:
- Log into your router (look for HTTP address on the back, next to WiFi name/password sticker)
- Go to Settings and open the Wireless settings tab
- You should see an option called Channel, most often set to automatically detect
- Select a desired non-overlapping channel 1, 6 or 11
- Save the new settings and wait for your router to restart
4: Switch to 5GHz
The 5 GHz wireless frequency provides faster data rates at shorter distances and is typically much less busy than the 2.4 GHz wireless frequency. If your router supports it, consider switching to it for an instant short-range speed boost. How to boost your WiFi by switching your router to 5 GHz:
- Log in to your router (look for HTTP address on the back, next to WiFi name/password sticker)
- Go to Settings and open the Wireless Settings tab
- Change the 802.11 band from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz and click apply
- Restart your router to apply the new settings
5: Run a Speed Test
Check your internet bandwidth using an online speed test. Google keyword “Ookla” to access a global broadband speed test.
6: Don’t forget to reboot
A simple reboot is often enough to considerably improve your WiFi speeds. A reboot clears the router’s memory and allows updates to install.