How to Optimize Internet Speed

by Jane McDonaugh

Working with wireless Internet can be a great convenience, allowing freedom to work from anywhere in your home or office. If your Internet speed or router signal is less than great, however, you could experience frustratingly slow Internet load times. If this happens, there are several ways to improve your Internet speed or boost your wireless signal. While most of these methods you can do on your own, slow Internet times may also stem from a faulty modem or router, in which case you should contact your modem or router provider.


Position the router close to the center of your house. If the router sits next to a wall on one side of your house, for example, the signal may be weaker at the other side of the house, so centralizing the router's location allows for an equidistant signal throughout the space. Move the router away from large metal objects, electrical and 2.4 GHz devices such as cordless phones and radios, as these items may cause signal interference. Keep the router elevated and off the floor.


Replace your router's antenna with a high-gain antenna. If your router sits against a wall and cannot be moved, a high-gain antenna allows the signal's strength to point in the direction where you need it, as opposed to a standard antenna's omni-directional signal, much of which may become lost to the outside if placed against a wall.


Install a wireless repeater in your home. A wireless repeater extends your router's frequency, boosting your Internet strength in places where the signal strength may otherwise be weak. Place the wireless repeater anywhere between your router and your computer.


Purchase a router and modem of the same brand. Some brands may perform as well as two times better when both brands are identical. Set-up and configuration may also be less difficult.


Change your wireless router's channel. Routers in North America generally work on three channels: 1, 6 and 11. One channel may operate on a clearer, better frequency than another, so you can change the channel through your router's configuration page. Examine your router's manufacturer's manual for how to access the configuration page


Update your router's firmware. Visit your router manufacturer's website for the free update, which may increase your Internet performance. The same goes for your network adapter, which sometimes updates the software Windows utilizes to connect to the Internet.


Replace your router or modem if none of the previous steps have improved your Internet speed. You may have a wireless-G (802.11g) or wireless-B (802.11b) devices which, although common, are now outdated. Purchase the most updated router, which is a wireless-N system as of 2011.


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About the Author

Jane McDonaugh has been a professional writer and editor since 2010, with expertise in literature, television, film and humor. She is a freelance reader for Author Solutions Film and has held many other positions in television and film production. McDonaugh holds a Bachelor of Arts in television production and English from Emerson College.

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