How to Optimize a WiFi Connection

by Tara Dooley

WiFi connections are convenient, allowing you to connect to the Internet in a location of your choosing. If you have WiFi, you probably enjoy sitting on the couch, relaxing on the bed or even taking your computer outside. But there are some problems with wireless Internet, such as when the signal comes and goes depending on where you are, and others using your connection and bringing down your response time. To fix these issues and others, you can try to optimize your connection by various methods.

1

Download a meter tool, such as WiFi Meter or JiWire. These programs show you a more accurate reading of your signal strength. This can help you avoid losing your signal if you move around a lot in your home with your laptop.

2

Download or purchase added security features that can protect against outside users. These might include virus protection as well as firewalls.

3

Lock your Wi-Fi so that other users can't jump on. Too many users can slow down your response time. You will need to follow your router's instructions on how to do this. It will ask you to set up a password for access. Outside users will be prompted to enter this password or security key, depending on the system, if they try to connect through your router. By going into your Network and Internet options on your computer, you can select properties on your router and type the password or security key once. When you click OK, it will be saved so that you do not have to enter it again.

4

Place the router in a good location. Somewhere up high is preferable, as is an area without obstructions.

5

Replace the small antenna, if your router has one, with a larger or broader-range antenna. You can get these at computer or electronic stores. This will boost your signal.

About the Author

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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