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How to Optimize your modem/router for faster internet connection?

Dec 6, 2013

1. Change your wireless device to a different channel.

If you live close enough to your neighbors that you can see their wireless connections, it’s possible that your wireless device is being bogged down by having to broadcast on the same channel as them. To test this, download, install, and run a program like inSSIDer to scan wireless networks and their associated channels in your vicinity.

2. Reposition your wireless router.

Either move it to the room where it will get the most use or position it centrally. Ideally, there should be a direct, unobstructed line between your computer and router.

3. Avoid interference from other wireless devices.

In particular, cordless phones can be a real nuisance for your wireless internet connection, so if the two devices share a phone jack, space them as far apart as physically possible (or at least leave a few feet between them).

4. Use an Ethernet cable.

Going wireless is liberating, but the tradeoff is signal interference, especially when it’s traveling through walls, and reduced overall performance. Make an Ethernet cable your first choice when connecting and save wireless for when you really need to do that Aaron-Sorkin-style walk and talk through the building.

5. Upgrade your device.

An old modem/router may not be physically capable of accommodating the speed potential of your internet package.