A professional strength internet connection is the foundation of a successful digital workflow. But what if your wireless network is under performing? What can you do to improve your wireless network? We’ve gathered 7 tips to help you get better performance from your wireless internet connection.
1. Install your Access Point in an Optimal Position
Proper placement of a wireless access point is the simplest thing anyone can do to improve their wireless connection.
First, try positioning the access point as far from the ground as possible. Mounting the access point to a ceiling or placing it on a high shelf will improve the signal. WiFi transmissions spread down and outward from their point of origin.
Consider where you’ll be using your mobile device and see if you can place your wireless access point near this area. Or consider centralizing the position of your access point to maximize it’s signal through your workspace.
Try and avoid placing the access point behind walls or near other obstructions. Other wireless devices and electronics (like microwaves) may interfere with your access point. In general, the more space around your wireless access point, the better.
2. Get a Static IP Address
Most devices use a dynamic IP address to connect to the internet. This means that every time your device logs online, it’s assigned a new IP address. This is done to prevent the bottleneck of issuing the same IP address to more than one device.
While a dynamic IP address is ideal for the Internet Service Provider (ISP) a static IP address may provide a more stable, reliable internet connection. Static IP addresses limit downtime. They’re ideal for businesses or individuals that host their own VPN, FTP, or e-mail servers.
Getting a Static IP address takes some technical knowledge and may have associated fees. Talk to your IT administrator or Jump to Tip Number Seven for a professional solution.
3. Use Wired Internet When Possible
If your computer is located near an ethernet connection, use it! Ethernet connections are generally faster than WiFi connections. Wired internet connections do not suffer from the disadvantages of interference, obsolete routers, or wireless security vulnerabilities. Although you have to sacrifice the mobility associated with a wireless access point, a wired workstation will usually have a better internet connection.
4. Distribute Wireless Activity Between Different Frequencies
Most modern access points come with a dual-band ability. This allows you to split your wireless activities between different frequencies.
The 5GHz band provides an optimal connection for newer devices, like tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Oftentimes, the higher bandwidth has less users, less traffic, and better connections. Dated computers and other older technology can connect via the 2.4GHz frequency.
Another key difference is that the 2.4GHz frequency operates reliably over longer distances, whereas 5GHz performs faster at shorter distances.
5. Update Your Firmware and Hardware
If you’ve had your access point for a while, it may be time to update the firmware. This process can be as simple as opening the access point’s software and pressing “Update.” Other access points require you to log onto the manufacturer’s website and download the appropriate update. Consult your access point’s manual or the company website to see how to update your firmware.
6. Regularly Power Cycle Your access point
Power cycling your wireless access point on a regular basis is like performing routine maintenance on your internet connection. Just shut down and unplug your access point. Wait 30 seconds to one minute before plugging it back in. Restart your computer or wireless device and test your internet connection.
Rebooting your access point offers many benefits, including:
- A re-sync to your ISP. The longer a access point is on, the more likely it is to desynchronize from your ISP. Refresh your access point to re-establish a clean connection.
- A reduced chance of overheating. Most routers are left on all day, every day. Allowing the access point to shut down and cool off for a bit will improve your access point’s performance and lead to a longer product life.
- A fresh channel to connect to the internet. Just like walkie-talkies, the channels wireless devices use to connect to the internet can become congested. Power cycling your access point automatically routes your connection to the least crowded channel.
7. Consult an IT Professional
If you require a reliable wireless internet connection for your business, consider hiring an Internet Technology professional. Having an IT professional can save you a lot of time and reduce the errors that come with DIY workflows. If you make money using the internet, think of it as an investment.
Advanced Mobile Group delivers and manages your wireless infrastructure so you don’t have to worry about it. We offer complete installation solutions customized to suit your unique workflow. Call us today and find out how we’ll help you get better internet.