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A steady Wi-Fi connection is key for any UBC student in the digital world. From taking online classes, discussing last minute suggestions in group chats, checking journals from virtual libraries to streaming the latest Netflix series – Wi-Fi has become an integral part of our lives. Slow speeds, or even disconnections can often be quite distressing. Here are some easy ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal:
Know the right placement
The placement of your Wi-Fi router plays a decisive role in determining signal strength. Not every room in your room will have the same wireless coverage. If you are not careful about the placement of your router, disconnections are unavoidable.
Wireless routers should be set up far from any potential source of interference, such as thick walls, electronic devices or heavy-duty appliances.
It’s not just where but also how you set the router can affect the signal strength to a great extent. For better coverage, place the router on a higher plane – for example, a top shelf. Routers with antennas should have the antennas positioned vertically for better connections.
Customize QoS settings
You will find most of the routers today with handy QoS (Quality of Service) tools that are able to put restrictions on bandwidth usage. Advanced routers allow you to prioritize applications & web services. You can also specify the particular time or duration during which the router will prioritize certain applications. For example, you can set less preference on entertainment and gaming apps from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This way, you will never suffer from connection issues during crucial periods.
Rely on Wi-Fi signal boosters
State of the art Wi-Fi signal booster kits exist today which can amplify signal strength for areas up to 20,000 sq. ft. , and even 50,000 sq.ft. in some cases. The device will magnify and transmit your wi-fi signal to your browsing device. In most cases, the signal booster comes with an in-built router. You may even find them as an integrated solution in phones and HDTVs.
Outdated router firmware can cause serious signal issues. Experts always suggest updating router firmware frequently, as new releases usually promise better performance. If poor Wi-Fi signals are a recurring issue, and the router is outdated, you’ll need to update your firmware. Modern routers may even automate this process. Older routers might require you to go through a manual procedure.
Not all the tips mentioned above will be effective for your particular situation. Sometimes just a firmware update would suffice while other times you may have to go through all the methods described.