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Top Tips for Improving your Home Wi-Fi
20Jun|2017

Today is World Wi-Fi Day, and Kyrio is proud to be a supporter. World Wi-Fi Day is organized by the Wireless Broadband Alliance under the leadership of Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB). The day provides a unique opportunity to promote and drive affordable connectivity globally and recognize the significant role Wi-Fi plays in connecting cities and communities around the world.

To celebrate, our president Mitch Ashley tours our Kyrio test house in Brighton, Colorado providing his top tips for improving your home Wi-Fi and explains how Kyrio provides safer, better and faster ways to network, so businesses and customers can thrive.

 

For some more tips, check out our team’s favorite do’s and don’ts for your home Wi-Fi below:

Do’s

  1. Do remember it’s all about location, location, location! You should place the access point (AP) at a point in the home that provides the best coverage to areas where Wi-Fi is used most often. And consider construction materials used in different areas of the home. Brick or cement interior walls can present a challenge to devices trying to reach your Wi-Fi AP.
  2. Do place your access point on an uncluttered shelf or mount it to a wall, somewhere with few obstructions and where fresh air can circulate to the device.
  3. Do send your kids to camp if you want faster Wi-Fi!
  4. Do move your router closer to rooms where the Wi-Fi is the most important, e.g. for streaming to the TV or to a room being used as an office. Children’s rooms might be a lower priority (i.e. further away from the Wi-Fi router). It should be possible to cover most, if not all, of a typical home, including the deck.
  5. Do turn off other Wi-Fi products if you aren’t using them. That webcam app you leave running on your iPad all day, even when the baby isn’t in the crib, is gobbling up your Wi-Fi signal and slowing down other devices.
  6. Do move into a tiny house to increase your Wi-Fi strength!
  7. Do protect your devices from visitors by configuring your access point with a guest network SSID and separate password.
  8. Do enable your home Wi-Fi AP with WPA2 security. It is easy to hack into other types of security, especially older security options based on the WEP encryption algorithm.
  9. Do, for Pete’s sake, in 2.4 GHz band, use channels 1, 6, or 11 only, unless you have an electrical engineering degree, then maybe dabble with others.
  10. Do use your smartphone to identify how far the signal can be reached on your property, move to the furthest points using a speed test smartphone app and relocate your Wi-Fi router accordingly.

 

Don’ts

  1. Don’t stick the access point in a cabinet even if your family doesn’t like the look of the ugly wires. You spent good money on that AP so show it off!
  2. When you are out and about, don’t use Wi-Fi with SSID “Free_Wi-Fi” or anything that remotely resembles that. It isn’t free, your passwords and credit card data are paying the fee whether you know it or not. Tether to your phone, or ask a (reputable) barista for the secure password.
  3. Don’t place APs near microwave ovens or cordless phones. They don’t play well with others and directly interfere with Wi-Fi devices sharing the same 2.4GHz band.
  4. Don’t assume you have to use the access point built into a DSL or cable modem. Adventurous types and those with uncontrolled IT envy often disable built-in Wi-Fi APs and install a separate Wi-Fi router that can be placed in a different location in the home.
  5. Don’t forget that you can’t control where your family and guests go on the Internet. Don’t assume the best! Many routers have parental controls which help avoid nefarious content and can also log which websites are accessed.
  6. Don’t use old Wi-Fi equipment. Older equipment (802.11a/b/g) will dramatically slow your whole network when it’s active. If you can, limit the use of the old stuff, and stick to 802.11n/ac if possible.
  7. Don’t forget to make sure all external antennas on your AP are tightly screwed in.
  8. Don’t get the most expensive router, but don’t by the least expensive. A decent router will cost you ~$100 and should last you 2-3 years. $33/year for good Wi-Fi is worth it! More expensive Wi-Fi routers (e.g. with MIMO etc.) may be better, but if an optimum location is found for a regular (i.e. medium-to-low cost) Wi-Fi router, then upgrading to a more expensive Wi-Fi router will only provide more reliable and faster coverage at the extremities of your home.
  9. Don’t forget that banging, hitting or throwing the router box doesn’t help when you aren’t able to connect to the internet. While it might feel cathartic and serve to relieve some stress, restarting or power cycling the access point is a better option and may clear a problem on the device.
  10. Don’t only rely on the number of bars showing on a signal strength icon for true network performance. Check your internet speed with apps like Ookla. Bear in mind that speed varies for a variety of factors, such as Wi-Fi and network congestion. The speed of your cable service can also be tested using a PC connected directly to the modem using a network cable.

 

The team at Kyrio is all about connectivity and connections. If you are a network service provider or an equipment manufacturer, contact us today to find out how we can help you create the best Wi-Fi experience possible. Comment below with some of your favorite tips and join us in celebrating World Wi-Fi Day!
Click here to learn more about World Wi-Fi Day and the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

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