Getting through this together – check out some useful tips to Increase Bandwidth
Given the current global public health situation relating to the coronavirus or COVID-19, a lot of people, have had to take the decision to move to working from home and there are many other designers and creatives around the world having to do the same or are self-isolating or on lockdown.
How to Increase Bandwidth on your Router
The bandwidth you’re getting is highly dependent on your router’s condition. Yes, the device that sends out wireless signals for your devices to connect to the internet needs your attention too. Mostly, routers are set up once and forgotten. Well, it’s time to take a look at them:
1. Change Router’s Location
The router needs to be placed in an open space with minimal interferences and obstructions. Other wireless devices like baby monitors or cordless phones may hinder the WiFi signal. Also, doors and walls serve as interruptions too.
It’s a possibility that you placed the router ideally when you set it up for the first time. However, after a couple of years, things have changed in your house – there’s more stuff. So, revisiting your router’s location again isn’t a bad option.
2. Simply Reboot your Router
At times, the router is just tired or overworked and it needs to be restarted. Simply switch it off and on once in a while. Better yet, you can put it on automatic reboot – the router will restart itself during inactive hours.
3. Get a Dual-bandwidth Router
WiFi channels can become overcrowded due to many routers working in the same location. You can’t blame your neighbor’s router for it as the signals may overlap and create bandwidth lagging. A dual-bandwidth router uses two frequencies – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
Some dual-bandwidth routers let you use one frequency at a time, while others allow access to both frequencies simultaneously. With a dual-bandwidth router, you can switch between frequencies when a wireless channel is jammed.
4. Update the Router’s Firmware
The router is running its own software or firmware. Just like any other software, it must be updated regularly. That’s why you must access your router ’s admin console once in a while for updates. You can also tweak other router settings there.
How to Get More Bandwidth from ISP
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can be the culprit sometimes for low bandwidth. It’s a questionable practice but ISPs all around the world are involved in bandwidth throttling.t. If you think the issue is related to your ISP, we suggest the following actions:
5. Contact Your ISP
Sometimes contacting your ISPs solves the problem for a lot of people. Since they provide you with access to the internet, they will be able to identify the problem and solve it. Also, maybe it’s time to upgrade your package. If you are on the same package for a long time, then switching to one with more bandwidth is a good idea. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to pay more, because ISPs keep coming up with affordable packages, each offering a different set of features and speed.
6. Bandwidth Throttling by Your ISP
ISPs are notorious for bandwidth throttling. It means they slow down your internet speed purposely during peak hours. So, if you feel your internet is working slower than usual at any time of the day,chances are that it’s done by your ISP deliberately. Sure, it allows them to manage network congestion, but bandwidth throttling can be an especially when you want to watch your favorite TV show on Netflix.
How to Increase Bandwidth on Wi-Fi
If your WiFi signals are weak, it can cause issues when it comes to bandwidth you’re receiving. We’d recommend using the following DIY tricks to enhance WiFi signals for better bandwidth:
7. Get an iPlate
The BT iPlate can accelerate the broadband speed by up to 60%! tIt’s attached to your phone socket and reduces any extra radio interference.. It’s a cheap option but there are no guarantees whether it will work for you or not.
8. Enhance Your Wi-Fi Field
A wireless repeater is a device that can bounce off the signals over a large area. It is an ideal way to increase your wireless range. However, WiFi repeaters are not very affordable.
You can also invest in a powerline adapter. It will utilize the wiring in any space to disseminate WiFi signals. In simple words, powerline adapters convert any empty socket into a wireless hotspot. Once again, the powerline adapter is expensive and will require a substantial amount if you’re looking to use them around the house.
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