Make Wi-Fi Faster

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Make a wireless network faster
There are many ways to improve Wi-Fi network speed, such as placing the router in the center of the area you want it to cover, keeping the router away from metal objects that could block the signal, or making sure there aren’t too many other radio-enabled devices broadcasting on a 2.4GHz signal, which is standard for a lot of older routers.
Some other suggestions:
1. Check your speed. Checking the speed of the connection will let you know for sure whether or not your system is within range of the speed the ISP promised. A speed test is easy to find online. SpeedTest.net and TestMy.net are good sites to test one’s broadband speed.
2. Change the channel. If you have an older router, and its signal is seeming weaker than it should be, you can try manually adjusting the broadcast channel to find one with less number of wireless routers competing for space. If your router is newer and automatically chooses which channel to broadcast from, then you won’t get too much use out of pinning your wireless down to a single channel.
How to change the channel:
First, go into the router’s graphical user interface (GUI), by typing the router/gateway address into the address bar in a browser window while your computer is connected to the router’s wired or wireless network. The router’s address is usually found on the router itself, in the instruction manual, or online if all else fails. If you have a D-Link router, you’ll type http://192.168.0.1; if you have a Linksys, you’d type http://192.168.1.1. The browser will prompt you to enter your user name and password. The exact navigation through the GUI for each router is different, but once you find the router’s wireless options (usually under headings like “LAN” or “Network”), you should see a “wireless channel” option. In North America, you can broadcast from channels 1, 6, and 11. Switch to one…...

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