How to Get the Most Out of Your Modem & Router?
Is your router posing problems? Are you about to blame your Internet service provider yet again? If yes, then you might want to rethink the blaming part. Because the problem might not be your service. If you fail to place a router in a suitable place or position, then even the most compatible modems and routers would fail to perform to its full potential.
Apart from that, you can resolve many more issues on your way. And here are ways to get the most out of your router and modems.
Reboot and Restart
The majority of the people are guilty of lazing around. This can cost you many bucks at times. As is the case with modems and routers. So, if you ignore rebooting or restarting your router (that is usually the first thing to do in case of an issue), you might end up calling a technician. And he will charge you a good amount of money. So, isn’t it better that you fix the issue yourself because YOU CAN?
A router resembles a computer in this case that slows down if the workload increases. In this case, the connection of multiple devices with the router. But this should not worry you much because in most of the cases, if not all, a router would work just fine if you reboot or restart it.
Placing in an Optimal Location
Many times, individuals very conveniently ignore the importance of placing the router in the perfect location. According to the latest researches, you should place the router in approximately the middle of your house. Now, you would be a better judge of which room or area in the house would be an ideal location. However, remember to decide this before you call technicians to set up your Internet connection.
Apart from paying attention to the ‘center of the house’ rule, you should also make sure that there are no thick walls around the router as that can affect its performance a great deal. Other than that, furniture, mirrors, doors, microwaves, and a stack of books (yes) could also be possible barriers. So, try to keep your router as away from such hindrances as possible. Ideally, you should place your router or modem on a high-spot.
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Moving the Antennas
Some of these hacks might sound vague, but they work. One such trick is moving the antennas for better performance. You should realize that these antennas have a purpose and they are just not an accessory protruding out of your router. The antennas are responsible for strong Internet signals. And if you wish to get the best result, make sure that the antennas are perpendicular to each other. Keep adjusting them now and then.
Cable TV channels are not being referred to here. Instead, channels here refer to the router’s channels. At times, it so happens that you reside in a high-density area and one of the Wi-Fi channels has a lot of traffic on it. Hence, causing it to slow down. So, what you can do is change channels and shift to a less crowded option. It will be a Wi-Fi booster.
Most routers would choose a default channel for you. This means that everyone is on the same channel. As not many people are aware of what this is and how can one switch. However, for you to search for a less busy channel, you will have to make use of certain programs. They help you with scanning the nearby networks. Once you find an option with less traffic, all you have to do is log in to the web interface of your router. Then, switch to your chosen channel. And enjoy.
Using a Wired Connection
If you compare a wireless connection with a wired pone, the latter is more reliable. Therefore, you should aim at opting for it whenever possible. At times wireless connections tend to pose many problems. And in case, your connection constantly breaks, try plugging in your device into the router directly. However, you will need to do some hard work for this. Or say spend some amount of extra money.
To connect your device directly into the router, you would need a device that has an Ethernet port. For example, a laptop that has an Ethernet cable. After making sure you have it, connect one end of the cable in the router and the other end into your device. And if you succeed in installing the right drivers, you will observe a notable difference in both the speed and reliability of your connection.
Setting a Strong Password
Hackers can get easy access to the Internet connection and use it while you are unaware. The ‘hackers’ here refer to any device that is within the range of your Wi-Fi signals. This, in turn, can limit the speed of your connection. Therefore, to avoid any such inconvenience from occurring, you should set a strong password for your router.
In case, you are not familiar with the password changing process, follow the steps given below:
- Open web browser
- Enter the router’s IP address
- Enter your username and password on the login page that appears
- Once done, follow the instructions to change the password
Note that you can find your router’s username and password at its bottom.
Upgrading Old Router
Routers get obsolete as well. So, if you have a router that you are using for the past 5-10 years, and it is posing problems, this shouldn’t surprise you. As old routers tend to create troubles. Because they are not able to keep up with the evolving changes in the Internet. And for that, you need to keep upgrading to the most recent models. As the newest routers are more compatible with the latest Internet connections.
Running a Speed Test
If you tried all the above-mentioned hacks and the issue remains, then you might check your Internet speed. Because the chances are that your service providing company is not delivering the promised speed. But remember that this should be the last step. As in most of the cases fixing done by yourself is sufficient.
Other than that, you should also pay attention to a good modem router combo. Though that may be a bit more technical. But it plays an integral part in the Internet speed that you get access to. So, make sure that both are compatible with each other.
Hope you found the hacks helpful. In case, you are familiar with any others, share in the comments below.