People all over the world are staying home and even working from home because of the Coronavirus. Many are continually frustrated by their internet connections, issues with speed and continued dropouts have increased. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to improve your internet speed and reliability.
To improve your internet connection, you can make some adjustments to the connection between your devices and your router. It is also advisable to try and connect your devices to the internet through your Ethernet cable instead of doing it wirelessly if that option is available. The Ethernet connection improves speed and deals with interference.
However, as it sometimes may prove challenging to connect to your internet through ethernet, and a wireless connection is your only choice. There are a couple of things to do to improve connection through this; make sure your Wi-Fi signal reaches your devices uninterrupted by things such as speakers, microwaves e.t.c.
Put a password on your Wi-Fi to deter freeloaders and also use it when its demand is not too high in case there are a couple of people using it. If all these recommendations do not work, well, you can and should add new hardware to boost your router.
Improving your router
Most people use the default routers from the ISP (Internet Service Providers), which is usually a sensible decision, but this then leaves you at the mercy of your ISP. They can provide you with cheap routers such as TP-Link or speedy Hulking routers.
You can connect many routers around the house, which improves speed and reliability by bypassing surfaces/things that cause interference. Examples of such routers include Eero owned by Amazon, and Google’s Nest Wi-Fi.
For situations where you use your Wifi for high-performance scenarios to improve your internet connection, it is advisable to replace your router with a stronger one. But if it is for simple home use, there are simpler solutions. Sky, for example, allows you to add/buy boosters that can improve the strength of your Wifi around the house. You can also use powerline extenders to help with its connectivity or to increase its reach. You plug an Extender into a wall and attach it to the Wifi socket.
Powerline connectors are cheaper and affordable, and although they are not as quick as connections sent through a dedicated cable, they are easy to use and assemble for larger houses.