How to Improve Your Router’s Bandwidth
- Change the location of your router or device
- Shortening the distance between your router and your devices increases your internet speed and strength as the wireless signal has to travel less distance
- Reboot your router
- Routers can get overworked and start to slow down, shutting it off for 10-20 minutes and allowing the router to cool down and clear its information can allow the router to run smoother and give a better connection
- If your router has the setting to do an automatic reboot, do that when you are asleep or during inactive hours to automate the process of giving your router a break
- Update your router’s software & check settings
- Each router has its own software that you have to regularly update. Failing to do so may lead to decreased bandwidth of your Internet connection. To update the software, you have to visit your router’s admin panel and follow the displayed instructions. When you’re in the admin panel, you can also review your router’s settings to be confident that everything works as intended.
- Configure Quality of Service
- When you access your router settings, you can see there a feature called QoS or Quality of Service. This feature prioritizes and controls traffic that you send and receive, allowing the important traffic to come first. So, you might want to play with those priorities as you see appropriate.
- For example, you can prioritize a Skype call over Netflix streaming or online gaming services over general Internet use. As a result, you will get faster access to the service you find critical at a given point of time.
- Get a high-end router
- Getting a high-end dual-bandwidth router instead of an old-school one might be a good idea if you stay in a location with too many routers and your WiFi channel gets overcrowded.
- A dual bandwidth router broadcasts on two frequencies – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, letting you use each frequency separately or both simultaneously. By switching to one of these frequencies, you can avoid signal jamming and as a result increase your bandwidth.
How to Increase Bandwidth of Your Wi-Fi
If increasing the bandwidth on your router doesn’t help, there are a few other tools you can get to make you connection stronger and more reliable
- Boost your Wi-Fi signal with a Wireless Repeater
- Devices that extend WiFi range are expensive, but they can tremendously improve the quality of your bandwidth. One of them is a wireless repeater. The way the repeater works is that it takes your existing wireless signal from a router and rebroadcasts a boosted signal over a large area. While it may be an ideal way to increase the range of your WiFi, you have to remember that you have to place your repeater properly.
- In a reverse situation, other cordless devices will hamper its signal and you won’t see any improvement.
- Get a BT Broadband Accelerator
- If you don’t feel like buying a wireless repeater at the moment, you can consider another device that is much more affordable. This device is called a BT Broadband Accelerator or iPlate and it was developed to enhance speed and stability of ADSL connections. It can be attached to your BT NTE5 Master Socket, and it works by isolating its bell wire that usually picks up radio interference from wireless devices.
- It is known that the BT iPlate can increase your broadband speed by up to 60%.
How to Get More Bandwidth from Your ISP
Your Internet Service Provider could be another reason why you get limited bandwidth. Sometimes, this can be a problem with your ISP, or you just need to change your current Internet plan to get enough bandwidth, but now it happens more often that your ISP can deliberately throttle your Internet speed.
- Contact your ISP
- In case there is a technical problem on the side of your ISP, contacting your ISP may be the only thing you need to solve your bandwidth issue.
- In certain circumstances, it takes a longer time for things to get back to normal, but usually all issues are fixed within a day or two. So, you just need to confirm that your ISP knows about the problem and wait for a while until it’s solved.
- Upgrade your Internet plan
- If your bandwidth is almost the same as advertised by your ISP, the only thing you can do is to get yourself a better Internet package or use another provider. Different providers offer different options, so often you won’t even need to pay more as currently there exist lots of flexible Internet plans.
If All Else Fails
If you have tried all the options listed above and your connection hasn’t gotten stronger or more reliable, the issue might be with your device.
- Try a different device
- Your device might be outdated and testing on a different device over the same WiFi connection may show that your device is outdated
- This sadly leads to the final point, the last resort of a connection issue.
- Update your device or get a new one
- Old devices such as computers, laptops, and smartphones often run on legacy hardware / firmware and therefore you may not be able to unleash the full potential of the bandwidth you get.
- Thus, the only thing you can do is to get a newer device.