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Improve your Wi-Fi Connection

Improve your Wi-Fi Connection

There is nothing more annoying than a poor Wi-Fi connection. Here are some tips on improving your Wi-Fi connection for working and studying from home.

Data cabling

The more devices that are connected to your wireless network at the same time, the slower all the devices become. Having data cabling installed will enable you to connect desktop PC’s, televisions, gaming consoles and anything else with an Ethernet port by cable, which will reduce load on your wireless network.

Modem relocation

Are you a few rooms away from your Wi-Fi modem? Wi-Fi signals struggle to connect through too many walls and over long distances. Consider having your Wi-Fi modem relocated to a more central or suitable location. A registered cabler or your internet provider may be able to assist with this.

DSL line optimisation

NBN fibre to the node and fibre to the curb use a form of DSL, like ADSL did previously. Have a cabler test for and remove any bridge taps and faults from the incoming DSL line to your Wi-Fi modem, and test the external line for faults that can be reported to your service provider.

Wi-Fi optimisation

Install additional wireless access points linked back to the main modem by Ethernet cable to cover large areas. Wireless access points linked by Ethernet cable works much better than wireless extenders.

Wi-Fi in units

If you live in a unit or have lots of neighbours with competing Wi-Fi networks, try using the 5GHz Wi-Fi option. Most home Wi-Fi modems broadcast in 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and the 5GHz option usually has a -5G suffix attached to the end of the Wi-Fi name. There is much less congestion on the 5GHz Wi-Fi channels but being a higher frequency, the signal does not travel as far so you would want to be in the same or next room to use it.

Engage professional help

Engage the services of your local ACMA registered cabler who can perform the above optimisations for you. If you don’t already have a cabler, we would be more than happy to assist!