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Tips to Boost WiFi Connectivity of your Home Network

  • Nowadays, everybody has adjusted to learn and work from home due to on-going situation. You may have developed a routine which might help in maximizing productivity or found a place that enables you to work or learn with least distractions possible. Although your WiFi seems to be fine, there are times when you require perking up your internet speed as it is running like a tortoise, resulting slow internet connections while downloading important files, doing video calls, accessing school assignments, etc.

    In the event you face slow and sluggish WiFi connectivity issues frequently, there is a golden chance that the cause is none other than your existing router or your neighbourhood.

    So, what are you supposed to do? Well, following the tips and tricks given in this post might prove helpful. Here, in this 3 minutes read post, we’ve listed some DIY tips to boost up your WiFi connectivity. Let’s read on!

    How to Boost the WiFi Connectivity?

    Placement of the Router

    To fix slow and sluggish WiFi connectivity issues, consider the following troubleshooting tips.

    • Place your router at the center location of your house.
    • Do not place your router at the back of anything, inside cabinet, or under the table.
    • Make sure to update your router’s firmware.
    • If your router is 4-5 years old, replace it.

    Get a Netgear WiFi Range Extender

    Netgear WiFi range extender helps in keeping your wired and wireless devices connected in every nook and cranny of the house with a high-speed and uninterrupted internet connection. For Netgear extender setup, follow the steps given below.

    • Connect your main router to your Netgear WiFi range extender.
    • Open up a computer, laptop or a mobile device and connect it to Netgear_ext.
    • Launch a web browser and use 192.168.1.250 as a URL. To prevent login issues, do not enter Netgear extender IP address into the browser’s search bar.
    • Netgear extender login window displays.
    • Provide the admin details into the required fields and click on OK.
    • Netgear installation assistance page displays.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions and easily setup Netgear extender.

    Use QoS

    QoS i.e. Quality of Service is a feature that comes with your router or the extender, enabling you to minimize the traffic to a particular device for limited usage. You can easily enable this feature using your device’s default IP address.

    Enable Guest Access

    One of the main reasons behind slow and sluggish WiFi is the heavy traffic on your home number. To limit them, enable the guest access feature. Using this, you can allow only the permit devices. Navigate to Netgear Genie setup page and avail the features of guest access network.

    Tip: Change your WiFi password frequently. The guests who often visit you will be connected automatically as soon as they come in reach of your WiFi network.

    Netgear Extender Firmware

    This is one of the most important steps to enhance your existing WiFi speed. If you own a Netgear WiFi range extender, then it is crucial to update its firmware whenever it is available.

    Netgear firmware update improves the product performance, add new features, and enhance security as well. To avail such features, updating the latest version of firmware would be a better option. To do so, follow the steps given below.

    • Make sure that your Netgear extender is connected to your existing router.
    • Open a web browser.
    • Visit the Netgear’s official site.
    • Enter your extender's Model Number.
    • Click on Downloads option.
    • Select a firmware version.
    • Click on Download.
    • Unzip the file (if needed).
    • Open a web browser and enter mywifiext.
    • Netgear extender login page displays.
    • Enter the extender admin name and password.
    • The Status page displays.
    • Click on Firmware Update.
    • If the new version of firmware is available, click on Upload.

    Note: Once you click the Upload button, do not go online, turn off the extender, shut down the computer or the extender until it finishes restarting.