Have you noticed your wifi internet connection varies in speed, depending on where you are in your home?

Try this… Take a walk around your home or office with your mobile phone.

You’ll notice that in some areas you have decent speeds…

then move to another area and your speed drops.

Make your way back to the original spot and again your speeds are not the same as they were.

I’ll tell you how to sort this out in a second, but before I do…

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Now back to the story…

Now if you’re in the middle of the rainy season and you have an odd shaped home or office…

then go into a room where you have some outside shrubs that stand between you and the wifi connection…

watch how your connection drops off, even though you might not be too far from the router itself.

I have a client that had that exact issue…

she has an L shaped house and she kept the wireless printer in the room that made up part of the L shape part of the house.

Between that room and the wifi router, she had several shrubs and bushes.

Now she called me over to fix the issue…

it was after the first heavy rains that we had…

and she was no longer able to print despite both her laptop and the printer being within one metre of each other.

When I got there I noticed that the wifi router was in the next room and sat behind all the shrubbery.

Due to the amount of water in the shrubs, the wireless signal was unable to get through this barrier.

We moved the printer into the same room as the wifi router…

left the laptop in the original location and now she was able to print. A bit inconvenient, but at least the printer worked.

How does this apply to you?

These are the speeds I was getting on an ordinary week day when we had continuous electricity… As you can see the above images refers to download and upload speeds. My wifi router was competing on broadcast channel 1.

In a sense… if you’re living in a moderately dense area…

then you may notice that as the number of wifi routers around you increases…

it starts impacting your speeds. This is because your wifi signal is competing with others on a broadcast channel.

Now most of the time this feature will automatically adjust and broadcast on an empty channel, but sometimes it won’t…

But fear not, for there is a quick and easy work around.

So now getting back to the point. I’m going to show how to maximize your internet speeds.

It ‘s going to take you about 5 minutes of your time and it won’t cost you a dime.

Now before we start, lets do a speed test.

Go to https://www.speedtest.net

and press the start button to begin your speed test.

The images above shows the results of my speed test before I adjusted my router.

Now grab your mobile phone and go to the google play store or your apple store…

look for an app called Netgear Wifi Analytics.

Download and install the app.

Open the app and walk around the house or office.

You’ll notice the signal strength dropping off in certain areas and propping back up in others.

Now click on the wifi icon.

You’ll notice that you have several wifi connections all around you.

Notice the channel each of the wifi signals is broadcasting on.

You might find that your router and several others nearby…

are all broadcasting on the same channel.

Click on the channel interference button (third image above)…

You’ll notice that the app points out which channels are good and which are best…

Make a mental note of which channels are best.

So what you want to do now…

is log into your router and change the settings for the broadcast channel.

Make sure that you choose a channel that has the best broadcasting signal for you. 

Save your settings and now test your internet speeds again.

You’ll might be surprised to find that your internet speeds have been boosted.

If you have a Zol connection…

you’ll likely need to call up the Zol Support Centre…

and ask them to give you the login details for you router.

You might have to answer some questions for security reasons…

which is for your own safety, but then you can login and reset your router.

You can do the same with all the other internet providers… but since I use Zol, I’m not familiar with procedures the others may use.

Once you’re done go ahead and run another speed test.

How much improvement did you get?

Anyway, this is just a short article to help you out.

In future articles I’ll show you how to set up different wireless routers…

Now remember…

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We’re currently looking for 2 new customers…

and so if you work in a company with between 10 and 30 computers, we’re in the market to help you.

Have a great week up ahead.

Vitor M – 0782 004 522

PS – The rains are almost here…

if you want to have a little fun… try and see how your wifi drops when you get behind a wet bush that stands between you and your router.