April 25, 2018 / by Derek
Use this as a reference for all router needs!
Reposition your router - First try simply moving your wireless router. Ideally you want it placed in the center of your desired coverage area, but keep in mind you’ll probably need to move your modem as well. Moving it to an optimum spot can help increase range and speeds.
If you have cable Internet you can usually simply move your modem/gateway to another cable outlet. DSL modems can also be moved easily to another telephone jack, but if there’s a DSL filter installed on the new jack it should be moved to the old jack.
If you don’t have any cable or telephone jacks in the spot you want to place the router you could consider buying a longer Ethernet cable to run between the modem and router.
Upgrade your router - If your router isn’t the latest and greatest, consider replacing it. Look for a newer wireless standard, like 802.11n or 802.11ac. Also keep in mind there are varying configurations. The cheaper routers might not employ all the technologies that the higher priced ones do, like MIMO which helps increase range and speed or support the 5GHz frequency band that’s less congested.
Upgrade your wireless adapters - Upgrading your router alone to 802.11n or 802.11ac may help increase performance, but to take full advantage of these newer standards you should upgrade the wireless adapters of any computers you want full performance on. Depending upon which slots your computer has you can upgrade your computers with PCI, PCIe, or PC wireless cards or use USB wireless adapters. Other Wi-Fi devices like smartphones and gaming devices might not be upgradable as easy.
Change your wireless channel - Changing your wireless channel might help increase range and performance, especially if you have neighboring networks set on the same channel or interference from other electronics. It’s best to check channel usage with a program like Vistumbler or inSSIDer, but you can simply try other channels as well to see which one is best.
For 2.4GHz routers (the most common), channel 6 is the default for most routers, so stay away from it. Try channel 1 or 11, the other two other non-overlapping channels. For 5GHz wireless N or AC routers, you shouldn’t have much of an interference issue since it’s less commonly used. But you might try changing to another channel as well.