Sunday, September 6, 2020

How To improve your internet connection

It is quite a headache for many to have a fast and effective internet connection at home. One in which the image and voice do not freeze when in the middle of a meeting by video call from work, or that allows that while some enjoy a movie on a streaming platform, another member of the family can download all the information that you need to study without any fright.

And this scenario has become even more prevalent with the pandemic, when millions have had to replace offices and classrooms with the corners of their homes in order to work or study . Which, without a doubt, has meant a greater demand for the internet they have.

And although it is very common to point the finger at the operator that provides the broadband service in the home to blame him for the problems, the truth is that there are many points that are involved when the signal that arrives is the most optimal. This guide will help you identify what the problem is.

1. Equipment technology
Do you know what technology your device supports? This can be an important factor when buying a tech gadget for your home.

Currently, most computers or cell phones come with Wi-Fi standards that allow for an optimal connection - either Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6; However, if you have a computer with more than a decade, it is likely that the solution to your network problems is to find a new one and the fault is not with your operator, or the quality of the signal emitted by your router.

On the other hand, it is true that there are devices on the market that can offer you better connectivity, either by supporting a more modern Wi-Fi protocol or by having a more powerful reception antenna.

2. Check the wifi protocol
It is likely that if you have a router that your operator gave you 8 years ago, it has an old and obsolete protocol that is the cause of your connection problems. The best option, if you don't have your own router, is to call your internet provider for an update. The latest Wi-Fi protocol is Wi-Fi 6, and although it doesn't represent a giant change in speed, it does allow more devices to work simultaneously.

3. Include a router
A good option to improve your internet connection is to buy a router that distributes the Wi-Fi signal in your home, that is, connected to the modem-router that your operator gives you. In the market there are not so expensive options that are better than those offered by operators. These routers can be between 160,000 and 450,000 pesos , the important thing is that the wifi protocol is at least 5; that operates in 2.5 Ghz and 5 Ghz; that has MU-MIMO technology and is from a recognized brand such as Linksys, Netgear or Tp-Link. There are also them with wifi 6 and suitable for mesh systems.

4. Wire
The best way to have a stable connection with the highest speed that your provider offers is to wire. If you can, wire the apartment or the whole house, don't hesitate, but if that's too difficult in your case, at least have your main computer, the one you use the most, connected to the cable modem-router . You will notice the difference. And the rest, by wifi.

5. House materials
If it works over Wi-Fi, it is key that you pay attention to the materials that surround your router and / or that your signal will have to pass through to provide a good connection: concrete, a metal door or a mirror can significantly affect the correct distribution of our wireless signal at home. Wood, on the other hand, is not a great enemy of our signal. And the brick is somewhere in between. Consider this when deciding where in your home to distribute your wireless signal.

6. Location of the modem-router
Finding an open and central space in your home, to install the router, and in height, is the general recommendation. The other option is to put it near where most of the devices that are going to use the internet are concentrated and cover the rest with signal repeaters. The closer your computer or device to the modem the more speed you will achieve.

7. Do the signal extenders work?
They can be a cheaper solution if more coverage is needed, especially in large houses with two or more floors, since it is very possible that the signal that the router gives you is not going to be enough to effectively reach every corner.

“Although it is a coverage option, there is the possibility of having jumps in the network. In other words, if I am on a video call and go up to the second floor, it is possible that due to the jumps between the router and the extender the communication will drop out ”, indicates Jorge Rueda, commercial manager for the Andean Countries of Linksys, who explains that in this In this case, a degradation of the signal can be registered and "if on the first floor I have 100 megabytes, on the second I can have 50 megabytes."

8. Measure your signal
Currently there are several free applications to download on your cell phone or laptop that allow you to measure the strength and stability of your Wi-Fi signal at different points in your home. One example is WiFi Analyzer, but there are many more . This will let you know which is the best position for your router or if you need to change transmission channel because there are many neighbors on your channel.