Working from home and want to ensure a reliable internet connection? Here are some tips for optimizing home WiFi setup:
- Place your modem and WiFi router in a central location.
- Avoid signal blockers such as baby monitors, wireless headphones, microwaves, etc.
- Place your router away from obstructions such as cabinets and windows.
- Periodically reboot your modem and router.
- Most routers have two settings. If network speed is your priority, 5 GHz performs better than 2.4 GHz. If wireless range is your priority, 2.4 GHz performs better than 5 GHz.
- Stream video in standard definition rather than HD. Turn off background apps and close websites when not in use.
- Some WiFi routers, like Google, allow you to make a device a “priority” device; this is especially helpful if kids are streaming but you need to work. Your work device gets priority over all other devices.
- If you have a large or two-story house, “mesh” routers give the best coverage to all parts of your home. They allow you to have your main router by your ISP modem, but an additional access point on a different floor giving excellent coverage to everyone no matter where they are.