Getting the most out of your Wi-Fi
There’s a good chance that you’re reading this over a Wi-Fi connection. And if you are, it’s quite likely that from time to time, your Wi-Fi network doesn’t perform as well as you’d like.
Wi-Fi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating when it isn’t performing well or seamlessly stretching it’s powers into all the corners of your house.
We often think of Wi-Fi networks as virtual, uniform fields that fill our living spaces. In fact, they’re very physical signals that can be blocked or scattered by walls, other electronics, and even people! But it’s hard to know what the issue is. Do you need to upgrade your router – or simply extend your Wi-Fi coverage?
If you’re still using an older 802.11g or 802.11n router —“Wireless G” or “Wireless N,” as they’re commonly known—it’s time to upgrade to something new. One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. Switch to an 802.11ac router and you should get faster performance. An 802.11ac router might not give you more range than a 802.11n router, but it will give you stronger performance for 802.11ac devices farther out. A great option is the D-Link DIR-882.
If you’re having trouble getting a strong Wi-Fi signal across your home the best thing to do is to use a mesh solution which is an almost fool proof way to extend your coverage.
In your average Wi-Fi setup, you have a router and a modem. You plug this into the wall where the signal comes in (either ADSL or cable, most likely) and the router spreads the signal as far as it can within your house. Every wall, carpet, door and other obstacle will weaken the signal, which means that some rooms will provide better coverage than others.
This is where mesh networks come in: extra boxes sit in your house, such as the D-Link Covr, and treat the internet in your house like a relay race: picking up the internet signal and taking it deeper into your abode, including places that were impossible to reach before.
If you’re sick to death of poor Wi-Fi coverage, opting for mesh Wi-Fi is the way to go. By taking the signal from your modem or existing router and distributing it around a series of “nodes” or satellite devices, mesh systems eradicate black spots while also maintaining a much higher level of throughput than a single router can maintain. And generally, tri-band mesh systems are faster than dual-band ones.
Remember, a gadget is only as good as its internet connection. Upgrading your router and deploying a mesh solution is super simple, affordable and requires no hand tools.
What are you waiting for?!