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4 Steps to Improving your WiFi Signal

by Stuart McCreath | Feb 17, 2015

You may not know this but Wi-Fi is actually an Australian invention. The Australian Government's Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organisation (CISIRO) invented and patented wireless LAN technology in the 1990’s.


In just a decade, having a good Wi-Fi signal has become almost as essential as food, water and shelter! This has brought with it a true modern day nightmare – a weak or unreliable Wi-Fi signal.


There are several easy steps you can take to ensure you are getting the most out of your Wi-Fi setup:

1. Get a Modern Router

The IEEE created the 802.11 standard for Wi-Fi technology and it has evolved a lot over the years. You will get much slower speeds on old 802.11a and 802.11b routers compared to the newer 802.11g and the latest and fastest 802.11n routers.


2. Router Position

Don’t hide your router in a cupboard or out of sight. For best performance it needs to be clear of obstructions with antennas pointed upwards. Obviously, the closer the router to where you will be using the Wi-Fi, the better.


3. Check Security

Make sure your router has encryption set up to stop unwanted users getting on to your network.


4. Speed Test 

If you are confident that your Wi-Fi is set up as best as it can be visit speedtest.net and see if you are getting the speed you are paying for.


There're lots more tricks and tips out there for faster Wi-Fi speeds. Hopefully the few basic points above are a good place to get you started. If all else fails you could use a beer can!

 
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