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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Wi-Fi Router’s Performance

Nov 10, 2016 · 4 min read

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Wi-Fi Router’s Performance

We’ve said it before—wi-fi is great, but if you’re seeing dips in your speed, you’ll probably want to know how to improve your wifi router’s performance.

Luckily, you are not alone. Slowing wifi speeds are actually quite common, and luckily for you, there are many ways that you can get your router back up to speed and even faster.

Here we’ll list the 10 best tried and tested methods to improve your wifi router’s performance.

Make sure your hardware and software are up-to-date

It could be the first great law of computers, but you should ensure that your routers are up-to-date.  Because there are different types of routers (A, B, G, N and AC), you’ll need to have the updated hardware. A, B, and G are the old and slow versions, and the wireless N and AC will give you great speeds.

Also, check your router’s firmware.  Manufacturers from time-to-time adjust the software to make it faster. This may not be the easiest, depending on the router, but it could allow you to squeeze the most out of your wifi.  If you’d like to get into your router’s settings, >follow these tips.

Location, location, location

Just like a cellphone, your wifi needs to get into a good location in order to ensure it is working at its best. Even though it may look prettier locked up in a cabinet or somewhere out of sight, it won’t help your speeds. It is best to elevate the wifi router if possible and place it in the center of your home. Also, for the antennas, one should face up and the other to the side in a perpendicular position.

Stop the leeches

If your wifi router doesn’t have a WPA password, it could be that someone is leeching your wifi signal and sucking you dry. You can find out if someone is stealing your wifi <>here, but in general if you don’t have a WPA password on it, or are unsure, you should probably check that out first in your wifi’s settings.

Stop the heavy programs

It could be that you are sharing your wifi with someone who loves to suck up all your bandwidth. This could be with services like Netflix, downloading torrents, playing large online games, and many other things.

In order to find out, simply ask around and see which of your housemates or family members are using bandwidth-heavy programs.

Clash of the signals

If you’re experiencing some dips in your wifi router speeds, it could be that you and your neighbors’ router signals are clashing. This could happen mostly because both routers are on the same channel and will interfere with each other.

You may not have known it, but you can change the channel that your wifi router is operating on. For more instructions on how to change that, Lifehacker has a great article .

Internal interference

Sometimes this clash of signals doesn’t come from an external source. It could be from the appliances you have in your home that operate based on signals. These can include cordless phones, baby monitors and of course microwaves.

The solution is unfortunately to purchase these types of products that have an option to switch the band from the popular and crowded 2.4GHz. The other possibility is to move your wifi router away from these appliances, which is the quickest fix available.

Related: Are you a victim of unsecured personal wifi? 

Automate your reboots

If you’ve found that rebooting your wifi router helps with performance, you can set it up in such a way as to reboot on schedule.

This can be done with the DD-WRT firmware mentioned above. Another way is, if you have an outlet timer hanging around, to set that to automatically switch off and each day as you wish.

If you’d like to keep it super old school, no tricks, you can just reboot your router yourself.

Boost your wifi signals with household materials

If you’ve gone down the list and you still can’t improve your wifi router’s performance, you can do some homemade tricks to get a better signal from your router.

The most popular is to use an aluminum can or the Windsurfer hack, and it will help you get a little bit more speed and performance out of your wifi router.>

Tinker with your router

Another option, which is much harder than the physical boost to your signals, is to install DD-WRT firmware on your router. This will definitely boost your speed and performance. Beyond that, it will also boost the security that’s on your system and keep you protected. However, be warned that it could brick your router, so follow specific steps or get someone with technical experience to help you.

Use a wifi extender

If you still haven’t found a way to improve your wifi router’s performance, you can get what’s known as a range extender. This will, as the name implies, extend the range of your wifi signal. If you’d like to keep it low-budget, you can install the DD-WRT firmware and then use an old router as a wifi extender. This will help you get wifi in even the wifi dead zones in your home.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to find the best ways to improve your wifi router’s performance. Also, Along with these methods, you can use a VPN service like NordVPN to protect your data by setting it up on your router. A VPN service can help keep your system safe from prying eyes because it encrypts your data when connecting online. See our tutorial section for some helpful set-up instructions for your router.

Good luck!

Christina Craig
Christina Craig successVerified author

Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.

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