How to Get Better Wireless Internet

by Peyton Brookes

Wireless Internet offers a convenient connection option for your home or business network. Wireless Internet uses radio or light waves that disseminate through the air, according to Cisco Press. As a result, blockages or distance can interfere with your wireless connection's signal, which can substantially slow the connection speed. Additionally, wireless security contributes to a better wireless Internet experience because solid security protects your valuable information. To get better wireless Internet, a combination of factors can apply.

Wireless Signal Improvement

Move your router to a better location. Your router may be affected by outside interference, which can cause a weak signal. Move the router to a location free from interference and more central to the location of your connected devices.

Install a new antenna. Purchase and install a hi-gain antenna for your router. This type of antenna allows you to direct the router's signal in one direction. (See Resource).

Purchase a USB network adapter. Replace your computer's wireless network card by inserting a wireless network adapter into one of your computer's USB ports. The external antenna should boost your wireless performance. Consult the adapter manual for installation and configuration instructions.

Wireless Security Planning

Enable and enter a Wired Equivalent Privacy key. The WEP key prevents "casual" Internet surfers from using your network, according to twentysix New York. You can enable WEP on your router and each of the devices that access your network. Enable the WEP encryption by accessing your router's management console. Additionally, enable WEP on each wireless adapter using the management tools that came with the adapter.

Change your router's default settings. You should enter a new user name, password and System Set Identifier, according to PC Stats. Router manufacturers use a group of default values that are widely known. As a result, changing your network's information limits unauthorized usage. Open your router's management console and change the username, password and SSID. Record the information in a safe place for future reference.

Enable your system's firewall. The firewall prevents unauthorized access to your system while granting access to approved devices or software. Click "Start" and point to "Programs," then "Accessories," "System Tools" and click "Security Center." Click the "Recommendations" button if your firewall is disabled. Click the "Enable Now" button and then click "OK."

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About the Author

Peyton Brookes is a workforce development expert and has written professionally about technology, education and science since 2009. She spent several years developing technology and finance courses for social programs in the Washington, D.C. area. She studied computer and information science at the University of Maryland College Park.

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