When your Wi-Fi drops, it can be just as frustrating as a water or power cut. But you don’t have to accept the wireless internet woes you’ve been given. From router settings to extra kit, help is at hand to ensure there’s always a smooth and stable link to the web for you to enjoy. Even with limits to your router’s range and other interfering gadgets to contend with, we’ll show you how to optimise your setup.
1. Change your router’s location
Routers broadcast Wi-Fi in every direction, so don’t stick yours in the corner of the house — cables can connect it to the phone socket, if necessary.
2. Adjust the router antennae
Some routers have external antennae to direct Wi-Fi, others let you install additional ones. Check the router documentation for details.
3. Update your hardware drivers The latest firmware and driver updates ensure the fastest speeds, so check the manufacturer sites for your router and your wireless adapters for updates.
4. Change the wireless channel
Most routers support multiple channels and switching between them can solve problems. Head to the router’s Settings page for information on this.
5. Preserve bandwidth
You only have a finite amount of Wi-Fi bandwidth. Check app and device settings to minimise