Wi-Fi can be slow for many reasons. Here are some tips for checking your Wi-Fi device or placing it properly to ensure the best signal.

Restart your router occasionally. Much like rebooting a mobile device, routers need to be refreshed too.

Ask your service provider to evaluate your home signal level. SpeedTest can help you check your plan against the actual service you’re getting. If you are not getting what you pay for, providers are generally required to repair signal deficiencies for free.

Secure your Wi-Fi by using password protection to ensure your neighbors don’t tap the signal.

Use the 5 GHz frequency. When you log in and see networks ending with 2.4 or 5, choose 5. You’ll get a faster connection because the 5 GHz connection has more channels.

Move your router to a clearer access point. Ideally, a router should be placed in a centrally located open space, free of walls and other electronics, and as high in the room as possible.

Purchase an internet access point rather than a signal extender if you can’t move the router to a more central location, or have dead spots. Brands like D-Linkand TP-Link can be connected to your modem and increase your Wi-Fi speed two to five times.

These tips can help clear the air for your Wi-Fi signal. Happy surfing!

Sources: MarketWatch, Inc.

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