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Getting the most out of a Home Network

A wired connection is still the best way to get maximum download and upload speeds because your computer is directly connected to your gateway/router via an Ethernet cable. While this method offers consistent speed, it might not be convenient running multiple PCs and Laptops with a wire in your home.

Improving your wireless connections:

1. Do not use wireless connections where it is not needed or not important.
Devices that are not moved frequently such as a printer or a desktop PC can use the ethernet cable to minimize traffic in the wireless connection. Some home users use a wireless adapter for their desktop PC to connect wirelessly which I think is irrelevant not unless your desktop PC is really far from the router. Most routers provide 4 ethernet ports which you can use for the printer and desktop PC.

2. Make sure that your Wireless Network has WEP/WPA enabled.
All routers are equipped with security features that can provide passwords to your network. A secure network is less susceptible to unathorized use of your network. The more users use your network, the slower it becomes.

Sample video on how to secure your network using a LinkSys Router:



3. Get a better range.
Depending on how your home is designed, your wireless gateway may not be able to reach certain parts of the home, but you may be able to improve access to those trouble spots. There are several companies that have developed wireless repeaters (sometimes called a signal booster), devices that can pick up the signal from your router and extend that signal to other parts of the house. It should be noted that any repeater has its own limitations and the greater your distance from the repeater the weaker your signal and the slower your speed will be.

4. Change your wireless channel to reduce interference.
You may experience weak or dropped signals if a cordless phone or any other electronic device and your wireless router share the same frequency channel. A potential fix for this issue is to change the channel, thereby reducing frequency interference. The wireless channel can be can be accessed in the wireless settings of your routers interface. Channels to choose from are Channels 1 to 11. This should be done in a trial and error method, choose whatever channel delivers the most speed.

Sample video on how to change the wireless channel on a Zoom Router:




5. Make sure that you are running the latest firmware and driver updates.
One of the easiest steps to improve your connection speed is to make sure you are running the latest software updates for your wireless adapter. If you are, the next step would be to check if your network card has been updated with the latest drivers. To confirm that you have the latest drivers available, go to the wireless card manufacturer's website and look for a Support and/or Driver link. If you have a built in wireless client (one that cannot be removed from your PC), check to see if your PC manufacturer has issued any updates.

The above tips has greatly improved our home network which consists of a Prolink router, 2 netbooks, 1 laptop, 1 desktop pc, 1 printer and an occasional use of mobile phones to connect to the internet.

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