How to Reduce Lagging Internet Speed

In today’s world of fast Internet and a need for more bandwidth, many are finding a common enemy in lagging Internet speed. More devices are connected to the home network, and each device draws bandwidth. While the Internet speed to your home does not get reduced, it may seem like it — especially if family members are watching streaming video or downloading their favorite music albums.


Centralized Location

One of the biggest issues today for families is trying to get the best signal coverage within their home. In many cases, the real issue is the location of the router. Routers may not look like it, but they are like a radar dish sending signals in various directions. One might think that the direction of the signal would be dome-like, and that it would go through the home this fashion. While it is dome-like, the signal actually shoots down and out, not upwards. So, it is best to place the router upstairs if possible.

Location is everything for the router. The more restricted the router is by placement, the more restricted the signal is. Placing the router into a TV cabinet, or crammed between the TV and wall, is restrictive. The router should be in an open space, and according to CNET, as high as possible.

Signal Testing

Try testing the signal strength in various rooms to help find the best area in the house to meet all your family’s needs. Move the router to a centralized location. Take your wireless devices into different rooms and connect to to test your Internet speed. If you are not satisfied, then move the router to a higher place and repeat the process. Remember that a direct connection to the router will always give a much stronger signal than wireless. Wireless starts losing some of the signal as soon as it is transmitted.

Just by moving the router to a different, preferred location in the house, you should see a significant reduction in lagging Internet speed.

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