How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Connection

Slow wireless Internet can make you want to put your first through a wall—especially if you rely on a decent Internet connection to do your job. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to try troubleshooting the issue and (hopefully) improve your connection. Follow the steps below if you’re struggling with slow Internet.


Step 1
Reset the connection. Turn off and/or disconnect your router and your modem. Leave them unplugged for a minute or so, then restore the problem and hook everything back up. Sometimes, your network can become overloaded, like if you’re trying to download bulk amounts of data or if there are just a large number of different devices trying to connect at the same time.

Step 2
If possible, move either your router/modem or your laptop/desktop so that the computer is closer to the device broadcasting the Wi-Fi signal. Sometimes, Wi-Fi signals can have a problem traveling through walls or from one building floor to the next, so if you’re suffering from Wi-Fi issues, it could be a distance problem.

Step 3
Change the channel on your router. (If you don’t know how to do this for your specific piece of hardware, look in the instruction manual or do a Google search.) Most routers will, by default, choose the least crowded frequency. If you’re having trouble with Wi-Fi, a channel change may help to avoid signal gridlock.

Step 4
If all else fails, set up a second router or a wireless booster to expand the range and strength of your Wi-Fi signal. You can purchase routers and boosters alike from or at your favorite electronics store.

No one likes slow Wi-Fi, and unfortunately, there’s no single way to fix the problem. However, by using the above steps to troubleshoot your issue, you should be able to figure out a way to improve your signal and speed.