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5 Factors That Affect Your Wireless Router’s Capabilities

16th October 2014

Suffering from frequent internet dropouts? What about excruciatingly slow page-loading times? There’s a good chance that your wireless router’s performance may be compromised. While there are a number of causes that can reduce the effectiveness of your wireless connection and some of them are beyond your control, you CAN control the ones that are related to the way your router is set up and used.

Tech companies like www.madisontech.com.au can design and install the reliable and efficient supply of wireless networking for business and industries. In a domestic setting there are many factors that can affect wireless performance and here are five of the most common.

1. Distance Between Router and Device

The distance between the router and the device that connects to the network is the single biggest factor that can influence the performance on the connection. As the distance increases, the signal strength decreases. Not all routers have the same range, and for some larger homes, it’s not uncommon for parts of the home to have a patchy signal.

The most effective solution is moving closer to the router, or moving the router to a more central area of the home; however, signal boosters and antennas can also be used to give the signal a greater range.

2. Obstructions and Other Points of Interference

Physical obstructions can wreak havoc with wireless signals. Signals often have difficulty penetrating walls, insulation and steel. Where possible, relocate the router to a location where there are less obstructions and if obstructions are inevitable, glass and drywall allow greater penetration of Wi-Fi signals.

3. Number of Devices Connected and Bandwidth Usage

Too many devices connected to a network can use up bandwidth and slow browsing speeds significantly. To avoid too many devices using the network, disconnect those that are not in use. Often, devices like wireless printers, and Smart TVs will automatically connect. Ensuring your network has a secure password to use the network will stop free loaders chewing up your bandwidth. Additionally, limiting programs that continually download or stream will free up bandwidth on the network and improve speed.

4. Out-dated Wireless Technology

Older wireless routers are usually slower and have less reliable performance than their newer counterparts. Over time, heat from the components and temperatures inside the home can degrade the ability to send and receive signals. Before it’s replaced, it’s worth using a fan near the router or relocating it to an area with better airflow.

5. Internet Service Provider Speeds

If you are in an area where there is aging telecommunications infrastructure, this can affect the capabilities of your wireless router and the speeds that can be delivered over the Internet connection. However, more often than not, the cause of slow speeds could be due to your Internet service provider (ISP.) Your current plan may offer a slower connection, so it may be time to upgrade to a different plan with a faster connection.

With a few checks and balances, you can improve the capabilities of your router and the reliability of your wireless internet connection. Knowing what factors influence the connection, and how to improve signals undoubtedly will make a big difference in the way you can use and enjoy the convenience of wireless internet.

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.