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Tips How to Maximize the Speed of Your Home Network

Experiencing slow Internet? Do you feel like you have tried all the tricks and you are still not getting the speed that you need?

If your Wi-Fi router is out-of-date or not set up correctly, it could be slowing down your Internet speed. Here are some tips to help you maximize your router performance:

Reboot your modem and router.  The easiest way to improve the speed of your home network is to reboot your modem and router once or twice per month. This is simple to do by pulling the power plug from the back of the modem and the router, wait about 15 seconds and then plug it back in. Once the lights all come back on, you are ready to go.  DO NOT push the reset button unless you are directed to do so by SKT Internet Support.

Move your router to its ideal position.  For the best signal and coverage, put your router in an open space near the center of your home. Keep it away from thick walls made of brick or concrete, and make sure it’s not around metal items which can reflect Wi-Fi signals.

Make sure your router is secured using WPA2.  The latest two standards, 802.11n and 802.11ac, don’t operate at the highest possible speeds when you use WPA or TKIP for your password type. Making sure your router has a secure password will limit which devices can access your network and will keep other people in the neighborhood from using your network and slowing it down.

Reduce interference by removing or minimizing the use of interfering devices.  These include baby monitors, older cordless phones, older microwave ovens, wireless speakers, and some security cameras.

Get a wireless signal extender or extended service router.  If your home is larger than about 3,000 square feet, getting a good Wi-Fi signal from one corner to another can be a challenge. Multi-story homes can also be difficult if the router isn’t plugged into the broadband line somewhere on the middle level. These situations may call for a wireless extender to boost your Wi-Fi signal or a router that specializes in these hard-to-reach places.

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Stop by or call SKT for help selecting a new router that will best meet the needs of your family.