How to Get a Stable Wi-Fi Connection with a NETGEAR Routerby Matt Skaggs
Wi-Fi is convenient. You don't have to mess around with cables everywhere, and if you're using a portable device like a laptop, you can just get up and move without unplugging and moving Ethernet cords. However, you may encounter problems with unstable network connections, which slow down your connection speed and may even knock you entirely offline. If you have a NETGEAR wireless router, you should take a few steps to increase your connection's stability.
Reset the wireless router by using the power switch on it or by unplugging it and plugging it back in. You should leave it off for about 20 seconds before turning it back on. This is a good step to take anytime you're troubleshooting your router; it gives the router a chance to refresh the network and reestablish connections with any devices paired to it.
Place the wireless router in an ideal location. The higher it is, the better, but don't put it near the ceiling if metal beams or pipes are up there. Metal objects can strongly interfere with the network. Keep it away from large objects, since anything large and solid can obscure its signal.
Get as close as possible to the router with whatever device you're trying to connect. The closer you are, the stronger and more stable the connection is.
Keep the router and your connecting device away from other electronics. You should especially keep away from phones, fax machines and microwaves, since many of these appliances operate in the same frequency range as wireless routers. Other wireless routers should not be near the NETGEAR router or your device.
Adjust the NETGEAR antenna if it has one. You may need to try putting it in several different positions before you find out what is most effective. If you're connecting to a router on a different floor than you, the antenna should probably be at a 45-degree angle or even completely horizontal.
Change the router's channel, especially if other wireless routers are nearby. This is an option that only an advanced user should attempt. You'll need to access the router setting Web page, which is most likely 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.2; you may need to check the manual with your router to find the correct address. You have to type the IP address numbers into the URL box in a Web browser to access the settings page. You should try channels that are at least five channels apart from each other to minimize interference. Even among NETGEAR routers, the settings pages vary, so you may need to look through the router's instructions to find out exactly where the channel setting is.
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