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7 things you can do to stop wireless Interference and improve your Wi-Fi signal

Can Internet ever be too fast?

We didn’t think so.

But even with fast and reliable Internet and top of the line equipment, the wireless Internet connection in your home can slow down as a result of interference.

Luckily, there are some simple ways to limit interference – here are seven tips from the tech experts at Bel Air Internet to help you get your speeds up to snuff.

  1. Location, location, location

The positioning of your router is crucial to maximize speed. Your router should be placed in the center of the house, as high up as possible for best results. Floors and metal objects (such as metal filing cabinets) are two of the biggest offenders of wireless interference, so be sure to keep your router away from those.

  1. Clear the airwaves

While you’re at it, be aware of your router’s proximity to other possible interference-perpetrators like cordless phones and yes, the microwave (especially if it’s an old one). Cordless phones that operate at the 2.4 Ghz frequency can also interfere with your WiFi, so replace them with ones that operates on a different frequency (ideally 900 MHz or 1.9 GHz).

  1. Change the channel

One of your best bets in reducing interference is to change the router channel. Routers come set to an automatic channel, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best one. Wireless routers broadcast on channels 1, 6, and 11, so try changing your wireless router’s channel to find one with less users. (If you go to the router manufacturer’s website, they’ll have step-by-step guides on how to manually change the channel.)

  1. Stay Up To Date

Just like with computer software, keeping your router firmware up to date helps maximize performance. A simple download of the newest firmware helps clear out the cobwebs and get things running more smoothly. (The router manufacturer will always have their latest firmware to download on their websites free of charge.)

  1. Two is better than One

One of the best ways to limit WiFi interference is to purchase a dual band router (as opposed to a single band one). Dual band routers operate with two wireless radios set at different gigahertz to allow for a lot less interference from those around you. If you live in an apartment or condo building, or close to lots of neighbors, a dual band router will be your Internet’s new best friend.

  1. Give yourself a Boost

If there’s a spot in your house that’s not-so-hot when it comes to WiFi, give your speed a boost by adding an additional router (or two). Having multiple access points allows for great Wi-Fi no matter where you are.

  1. Kick it to the Curb

Technology is always improving and (just like that first generation iPod you tossed away years ago), routers aren’t meant to last forever. Replacing a router could have drastic effects on speed and interference if it’s been a while. As a general rule of thumb, there is a 2-3 year shelf life for residential routers priced under $100, and up to 6 years for top shelf devices.

With these fixes under you belt, the only interference you’ll be dealing with is from your mother-in-law. (That we can’t help you with.)