The confinement caused by COVID-19 has tested the internet connection of many homes. Spending more time at home and with a greater number of people can represent a major challenge for our Internet connection, especially when situations of simultaneous use of several devices with applications or tasks that consume high bandwidth occur.
We could solve this situation by changing the router for a state-of-the-art model, or creating a Wi-Fi Mesh network, but is it possible to improve our Internet connection Without spending money? It is an interesting question that many people ask themselves today, and in this article we are going to help you answer it. We will also share with you a series of tips that will help you fine-tune your connection to have the best possible user experience, and at no cost.
It is important to take into account, before starting, that the speed of the Internet connection that we have contracted, as well as the quality of the service offered our supplier will play a key role. If this does not reach a minimally acceptable level, we will not be able to perform miracles, and we will have to speak directly with the provider to make the corresponding claims.
1.-Use of the Internet in different places of our home
It is one of the most important and most frequent problems. Before confinement, Internet use at home was much more limited and concentrated, in most cases, in very specific spaces, a situation that has changed significantly today and which poses a challenge that, luckily, is not too difficult to resolve.
If you find yourself in this situation and the use of your Internet connection from different devices has changed to other locations in your home where the signal does not go well, do not worry, you can solve it in a simple way and without spending money: changing the location of the router and removing, as far as possible, obstacles that he can find along the way.
Place the router in an elevated position and a little closer to the places where we want the connection to reach us, leave the doors open and removing any interfering devices can make an important difference.
2.-Smart use of Internet connection
If we all use the Internet connection simultaneously and start watching streaming content in HD or downloading heavy things, we will saturate it practically instantly. It is an important problem, but we can solve it in a very simple way: making an intelligent and responsible use.
The ideal is to establish schedules and agreements with all the members of the family so that each one can have the bandwidth and stability that they need for a certain time. In the case of heavy downloads, we can take advantage of them when we are clear that nobody is going to connect to the Internet.
For example, we could stop downloading heavy content and applications while taking a nap and not using the Internet, or even at night, in the case of downloads that will require several hours.
3.-Other ways to improve a slow Internet connection
Update the router It is one of the simplest and most effective. Some manufacturers, such as AVM, release periodic updates that introduce improvements in both performance and stability, and may also bring interesting new features.
To achieve the best results, we should not obsess over the Wi-Fi 5 standard. Yes, it is faster, but it has a shorter range compared to Wi-Fi 4, which means that in certain situations the second may be a better option. For example, if you are going to use your smartphone connected to the Internet from your room and this is far from the router you better connect to the 2.4 GHz band.
Disable old protocols like Wi-Fi 3 and below, It can help us to improve the performance of our network in an important way, and we can also enter the router configuration menu and change the channels and their width to improve our Internet connection. The most current routers carry out this process automatically.
Orient the antennasIf possible, you can also help us improve our Wi-Fi connection, and in certain cases a simple restart of the router It can also have positive effects. It will only take a few seconds, so give it a try.
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