Can you remember a time without WiFi? Finding a home or business without WiFi surprises us these days. Nearly every piece of technology includes WiFi capabilities now. With more and more devices latching onto your WiFi network, you need to ensure that your network can handle the load. You also have to protect your network. The following tips can help lower your risk of being compromised and increase your network performance.
1. Time For A New WiFi Router?
WiFi technology improves regularly. Newer WiFi routers offer higher speeds, better signal range, and more security. If your router is older than 5 years, it’s time to upgrade. The new router will include the latest WiFi capabilities. Your newer devices will take advantage of those capabilities, and your older devices may see improved performance also.
2. Update Your Router
Every router runs on software known as firmware. Manufacturers provide firmware updates on a regular basis. These updates fix bugs, improve performance, or patch security holes. Log into your router and update the firmware. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a guide to accessing the admin area of your router.
3. Clean Up Your Network
Start by disconnecting old devices you no longer use. There’s no reason to just have another device using resources. If you only have a single router or access point, be sure to place your router in a location that is central to the devices connecting to it. If you have connectivity issues after these changes, consider getting multiple access points or moving to a WiFi mesh network.
4. Change Your WiFi Password!
Admittedly, this can take some time depending on the number of devices you have connected. However, changing your password occasionally can help ensure only the devices you want to be connected have access. The password can be changed by logging into your router as mentioned above. If you haven’t protected your WiFi with a password, stop everything and do that now! Your neighbors (or hackers) don’t need free internet!
5. Reboot Your WiFi
It may sound cliche, but have you tried rebooting? Rebooting your router from time-to-time can help improve performance. If you have an older router, reboot it more often. Also, you should reboot your devices as well. If you still have connectivity issues after rebooting everything, you may need help identifying the issue.
Ask For Help!
These tips are aimed at people managing their own networks. If your organization has a managed IT provider, they’re probably already handling this for you, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for a status update. If you need help with your network or your current IT provider isn’t quite cutting it, request a free consultation below. We can get your network and your business running at top speed in no time!