Tips to improve your wireless network
Most people do not have a lot to do with their networks, and that is understandable. Given the importance of a wireless network in any connected household, it’s easy to convince yourself that changing anything could lead to catastrophic consequences. But while this mentality might protect you from unwanted failures, it also prevents you from improving your network as well. A few thing you could try.
1. Move your router for best performance
You should put your router in the place that makes most sense for you. The position of the access point can a significant effect on speed, reliability and even security. The best speed and coverage out of your network, you have minimise the distance between your wireless device and the access point. To explain why that make sense, imagine your network coverage as sphere around the antenna. The practical range in any direction is normal about 10 meters, so that means you have a 20 meters sphere to play with. The further you get from the antenna, the weaker the signal becomes, and weak signal are slower and less reliable. If your router against an external wall, almost half of that influence is being waist.
2. Reduce interference by swapping channels
As wireless network has become more and more popular, the chance of someone else’s wireless network causing interference has grown too. Interference is caused when two or more networks using the seam broadcast channel ‘overlap’. Overlap of any kind can cause signal interference. If your wireless network appears to be suffering from interference, one possible solution to the problem is to change the channel it communicates on. The number of the channels in use depends on the network protocol and band, but the important thing to note is that 2.4 GHz network (Wireless G and N) only three non-overlapping channels -1, 6 and 11 – while 5 GHz network (Wireless N and AC) have channels that are pre-defined with no overlap.
3. Improve reliability by reconfiguring your channels bandwidth
Most router default to using a relatively narrow band covering each channel, just 20 MHz wide, to minimise channel overlap. However, Wireless N supports bandwidth to 40MHz and see if it make a difference. Running your network hardware at 20 MHz bandwidth means each channel will overlap with four other channels – two before and two after – but running at 40 MHz will cover twice as much space and mean your transmissions overlap with two-third of the entire spectrum available to 2.4 GHz networks.
4. Add a wireless repeater
Wireless repeater are, essentially, extensions of your access point. By placing one at some point between the adaptor and the wireless point’s connecting to, you can create a sort of bridge between the two, extending the network’s effective coverage and increasing speed and reliability all around. The repeater does not do anything fancy to your network; it simply rebroadcasting whatever signals it receives, extending the range with only a slight increase in signal latency as the cost. In theory, once it’s up and running you’ll never have to touch it again. When you buying a repeater, it’s important to make sure that it’s capable of working with the type of network you’re running. Because Wireless G and N operate on different frequencies, the repeater for one is unlikely to be compatible with the other.