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In tip #3, we briefly mentioned wireless router channels. Wireless routers will broadcast their signal on a specific wavelength, or channel. Many routers have 14 available channels, although some do have more. Current wireless routers typically operate between the 2400 to 2500 Megahertz radio bands. Most wireless connections will work fine from 10-20 feet. Opinions vary, but anything beyond 30 or 40 feet is too far for maximum performance in our experience. Make sure you are getting the performance you are paying for by using a computer connected to your router with an Ethernet cable and doing a speed test at SpeedTest.Net.

For the best wireless experience, consider a new wireless router and PC that supports the 5 GHz 802.11ax standard (Wi-Fi 6) with the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) technology. If necessary, install a repeater or range extender to boost the wireless signal of your router.

Updated: January 1, 2021 Home » Freeware and Software Reviews » Wireless WiFi Optimization & Network

Is your wifi connection slow? How to make your wireless connection stronger? You’ve come to the right place, here are 6 ways to boost your wireless connection speed by 5 times. These tips and tutorials are based on my own experience, years of toying with the router and understanding the inner-works of Wi-Fi. If you still experience slow connection or high packet loss via Wifi and your router is a cheap model given free by your ISP, I have bad news for you – it is time to change the router.

Related 2021 Article ➤ 4 Ways To Boost And Optimize Laptop’s Wireless WiFi Signal Strength And Speed

Bundled router or stock routers by ISP are hopelessly useless, get a branded router such as Asus, Linksys or NetGear, nothing pisses us off than a super slow internet connection that drops frequently. Without further ado, here are 6 great tips on how to get better wifi and boost wireless mobile hotspot speed by 5 times.

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↓ 01 – Avoid Overlapping Channels With Neighbours

Selecting the less congested channel will greatly improve your wireless connection, just like using a less congested highway. There are a total 11 to 14 channels available, depending on the country. By selecting a less used channel in your neighborhood, you are likely to have a faster connection due to a higher signal strength and less RF interference or conflict. Here are 9 free software for identifying all the wifi channels in your neighborhood. WiFi Analyzer can help you to identify Wi-Fi problems, find the best channel or the best place for your router/access-point by turning your PC/laptop, tablet or mobile device into an analyzer for your wireless network.

↓ 02 – Switch Over to 5GHz Instead of 2.4 GHz

If possible, get a dual band router. Both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz have their ups and down. If you already own a dual band router, activate your 5 GHz spectrum, if not, you can consider upgrading your router. The pro and cons are:

  • 5GHz is faster than 2.4 GHz.
  • 2.4 GHz has a better and wider range than 5 GHz.
  • Older devices might not support 5 GHz, thus incompatible.
  • 5 GHz is less congested, ideal for those living in condos.
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↓ 03 – Upgrade To 9dBi Omni Antennas

Upgrading your router’s antenna is another way of boosting your wifi speed and coverage. Most stock antenna that comes with the router are 5dBi, some 2dBi. If your existing router comes with 2 or 3 antennas holder, it is a good idea to upgrade all of them. The approximately range for a 9dBi is 140m. For more info – 12 Wireless Router Antenna Distance Coverage Comparison.

As shown in the image above, the stock router given free by my internet provider vs the Asus router with 9dBi antennas. The difference? My personal experience is a more stable internet connection, faster and most important of all – stable connection. Prior to that, the packet loss is so high that browsing the internet means refreshing the webpages often. A 9 dBi antenna is not really that expensive, approximately USD7 per stick. Always purchase branded antennas, such as TP-Link, D-Link, Asus, Cisco or NetGear. Avoid cheap none-branded antennas (Important!).

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↓ 04 – Enable Throughput Enhancement and Roaming Aggressiveness

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Setting roaming aggressiveness to a higher value will help your laptop roam faster to an AP with a stronger signal, ideal for a congested are such as high rise, condos and office towers. If your wifi modem chip is by intel, you can enable this feature. Intel Throughput Enhancement feature is enabled, the wireless adapter may transmit using the Short Interframe Space (SIFS) interval between packets instead of waiting for the expiration of the Distributed Coordination Function Interframe Space (DIFS) and additional random back-off time. The shorter wait time results in better throughput of the wireless medium. I’ve created a simple step by step tutorial for Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10 – Boost and Increase Wireless Adapter Signal Strength and Speed for Laptops.

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↓ 05 – WindSurfer Parabolical Antenna Booster Template

You’ve probably seen this before. Based on my own experiment, it works. What you need is aluminum foil, the same foil used in cooking. Print out the template in and cut accordingly. I’ve uploaded the template created by freeantennas.com. Click on the image below to download the high resolution version, Adobe PDF version of Windsurfer Wifi Antenna Template available here.

↓ 06 – Location of Router

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We’ve been putting our routers in the wrong place this whole time.

  • Put it at the center of the house.
  • Place above the ground, somewhere high.
  • Keep it away from other electronic devices. ( Such as Wireless Mouse, Wireless Keyboard, Wifi TV, Sony PlayStation, XBox etc )

↓ 07 – Other WiFi Tips and Tricks

How To Improve Wireless Connection Speed

  • Update your router’s firmware
  • Use a Wireless Range Extender, Amplifier or Wireless Repeater for Home ( Expensive and not very stable )
  • Flash your router ( Not recommended unless you know what you are doing )

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