Wifi – the do’s and don’ts

Wifi – the do’s and don’ts

Wifi is an often unpredictable technology due to the fact without wires you can never completely guarantee connections can be made or be reliable. Thankfully Wifi has got a whole lot better over the last few years. Most standard routers supplied with your ISP will give a decent N class signal that if your in a small house or flat will work absolutely fine. But what about the slightly larger or older homes with the unorthodox designs? Or maybe you want the Wifi signal to extend to the garden for party’s or an excuse to sit in the shed? Well there is tech that can do this, and do it very well. My advice would be don’t buy cheap extenders. They often don’t give great or reliable results. Home plugs are fine and work well but use decent brands and again you get what you pay for. Remember home plugs are often left powered on 24/7 so don’t be surprised if they don’t last forever if you buy a cheaper brand. Cable is your friend. Use Access points where possible but try and cable to them if possible. Decent Extenders are reliable and work but can be over £100 for the results to be worth while. Use channel scanners to see what your neighbours are using and choose a different channel. If everyone is using channel 1 hop across to 11. Wireless AC is starting to become more popular but it wont make any difference if you buy a AC Wireless router and your laptop can only do G/N. Buying adapters for laptops and desktops is possible but don’t forget the tablets/iPhones/Sonos systems they can’t be upgraded! Try and position your router as centrally as possible without it being hidden in a cupboard or under the stairs. Routers often have firmware upgrades that can help with wireless so its often worth checking as the upgrades are free and fix numerous other bugs.

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