Coronavirus lockdown: How to speed up your Wi-Fi network while working from home

“What would be a better time than a home quarantine to try out a few tips and tricks that will surely improve speeds of your WiFi connection”

It is quarantine time for most of the world as the Coronavirus pandemic ravages through countries, bringing entire economies to a standstill. As work from home is being issued to all office workers, it becomes very important to observe social distancing and not preventing the spread of the disease. Obviously, a very important aspect during this home lockdown period is if your WiFi speeds are up to the mark. There is a lot to be worried about if the current scenario persists, and having a poor WiFi connection is an extra headache that people don’t need.

While it is true that many streaming giants such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Hotstar have reduced default resolution to SD, you can still manually upgrade it to HD. However, without a stable WiFi connection, it wouldn’t matter how good your internet connection is. So what better time than a home quarantine to try out a few tips and tricks that will surely improve speeds of your WiFi connection. Here are some of the most useful suggestions.

  1. Check how much speed your current connection is providing

    It is really important to first check if you have the correct bandwidth speeds to support all people in the house accessing the internet at all times. If everyone in the house is streaming some kind of content the whole day or if you have a lot of video conferencing to attend to, it is probably a good idea to upgrade the speed of your connection.

  2. Placement of your WiFi router

    The general rule of thumb would be to place your WiFi router in a centralised place in the house. Your router should ideally be away from any walls and be placed at an elevated level like how most offices have. It minimises interference and provides a more consistent connection even when you move around the house. The most apparent position to place the router is on the ceiling of your house and preferably in the middle. Also, move all other devices that could affect the broadcast from the router.

  3. Measuring signal strength from the WiFi access point

    If moving the router doesn’t seem to be a viable option and you happen to have a fixed location in the house to carry out your work, you can use an app to determine the spot for getting the best connection. You can use an app like Network Analyser on Android to judge which area is getting the best signal strength.

  4. Pick the best router

    Your choice of the router also determines the connection strength you get inside your house. The router’s hardware plays a significant role in all this. Check if your router model has at least 128MB of RAM and a multi-core processor. More cores mean that your router can handle more data transfer if a lot of people are using the network at once. You should also invest in a router that supports dual-band, tri-band or more. This means that your router will be broadcasting on more than one channel so that you have faster and wider coverage. It would be wise to invest in such a router to increase your network speeds.

  5. Provide separate SSID’s and allocate bandwidth

    You could very well also make separate SSID (service set identifier) for your WiFi and allocate different amounts of speeds to each. Then let your family members connect to each SSID on the basis of the bandwidth they consume. If your work device needs a higher connection speed and you have a dual-band WiFi, connect the higher 5GHz frequency range to it. The settings for the router can be found on the back.

  6. Use repeaters and LAN cables

    If you want a wider coverage area in your house then you could buy a Repeater so as to boost signal across the house. If you happen to sit near the router then using an ethernet/LAN cable is the best way to get high-speed internet.