Set Up Your Wi-Fi Network for Success With These Four Steps
While wireless equipment has become easier to install over the years, you may have to make some adjustments while installing your new router if you want to get the most out of it. Depending on the Wi-Fi equipment and what kind of wireless network you need, you’ll likely need to do more than simply plugging in everything and making sure all the lights turn green. If you really want your router or mesh system to be performing at its best, follow these basic steps when installing or configuring it:
- Find the Right Wi-Fi Equipment
- Choose Your Frequency and Channel
- Configure Quality of Service
- Create a Guest Network
Find the Right Wi-Fi Equipment
First thing’s first—you need to make sure the equipment you’re working with suits you and your household. Find the Wi-Fi equipment that can bring you the connection you need based on the size of your home, number of devices in your household, and Internet speeds you’re getting. If you have a router that can’t properly support how you use your Internet connection, it will dramatically impact how you receive Internet service to your devices.
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Choose Your Frequency and Channel
If you have a dual-band Wi-Fi system, you can connect to your devices to either a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band. If your router is tri-band, you’ll have an extra 5 GHz band that you can dedicate for streaming TV. A 5GHz band provides a connection faster than a 2.4GHz band, but it won’t travel as far. A 2.4 GHz band will give you wider coverage but will have more congestion and fewer channels available, making it more susceptible to interference.
To adjust connection speed and range, you can change your frequency in your router settings. You can do this by accessing your router’s configuration page. Connect your computer to your router, launch a web browser, and type your network IP address, a code similar to “192.168.1.1” (check your router’s manual to be sure), in the address bar. From there, depending on your router’s model, you can access your frequency band settings. Changing your Wi-Fi channel to mitigate interference can also be done here. Depending on your router’s brand or model, you may also be able to do this in your router’s mobile app.
Configure Quality of Service
Quality of Service (QoS) is among the most helpful tools for online entertainment. It enables you to select and prioritize traffic in your network and boost whatever activity you’re actively using the Internet for at the moment. This is especially helpful if you’re streaming or gaming. Most Wi-Fi systems will have a section or tab in their configuration page or app dedicated to this. Find your QoS setting and turn it on to choose which programs or services you want to prioritize over others.
You can also select devices in your household to get preference in your network. Depending on which Wi-Fi system you’re using, you can manually prioritize your computer over the other devices in your home if that’s the only one you’re actively using at the moment.
QoS features can also give you visualization into how your total bandwidth is being split amongst all of your devices, so you can see if one is getting more than others. So if you’re experiencing buffering while watching Netflix, you can use QoS to prioritize the device that you’re watching it on.
Create a Guest Network
A guest network is great if you want to keep your data away from users who don’t live in your household. By giving guests a separate connection and network to use while in your home, you can comfortably accommodate them while still keeping your own network and devices safe. Find more security tips for your home network here.
To create a guest network, go to your router’s app or configuration page and go to your wireless settings. You’ll likely have guest networks disabled by default, but setting one up is simple enough. You can choose which band you limit guests to connect to; choose either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz, but not both. You can also put place other helpful settings and restrictions, such as which hours the network is active.
It’s easy to get your Wi-Fi set up, but it takes some exploring into your router’s settings if you really want to get the most out of it. Hopefully this post can help you start doing that with your frequency, channel, QoS, and guest network settings.
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