Our top tips to help you speed you your experience
Here are some easy ways to improve your home connection – often with minimal effort, and often with your existing set-up.
Move your router
Walls, bookshelves and cupboards can potentially impact your wifi signal. By moving your router, you can make a real difference to the speeds you get and how far its wireless transmissions can reach. The perfect spot will depend on your home, but try not to hide your router in a corner, or under a cupboard, or inside a drawer – the more central and prominent it is, the better. Don’t assume your new Ogi router has to go where your master socket was. All of this is also true for your wifi extenders.
Now, it is important to understand that moving your router somewhere more prominent may mean you have to get creative with your cabling, but, taking the time to find the perfect position for your router, and spending the time to cable manage your home will result in a future proofed connectivity, where your router will benefit from having the ideal home.
Upgrade your equipment
Your service provider is going to be supplying you with the equipment, but it’s worth remembering the age of devices can affect the speed of your network connection, but, as well as your own personal devices, equipment supplied to you by your ISP (i.e. your router) can get old too! The general recommendation is that you upgrade to a new router every three to four years. So keep that in mind when you’re trying to improve your wifi speed!
Use an ethernet cable
If you’re working on a laptop or at a desktop computer the ideal situation would be that you would use an ethernet cable to connect those devices to the internet. You are always guaranteed a stronger, faster, more reliable connection when you’re connected via an ethernet cable.
Obviously, wifi is great, and it’s changed the way we can use the internet. Still, there will always be a time and a place for ethernet cables, be that for online multiplayer games, or live streaming content, which require a more stable connection.
Check your speed
One of the final things to mention is the importance of keeping track of your internet speeds. If you experience lackluster connectivity at “rush-hour” and only then, maybe it’s worth considering how many people in your household are actively using your network at that time. If however your speeds are not up to scratch throughout the day, you need to monitor the speed throughout the course of the day, over a few days. This will give you a better understanding of your speed. If you have made your home as friendly for fast connectivity as possible, it’s time to get in touch with your ISP.
If you’re a member of the Ogi family and you’re struggling with your internet connection, we have our own internet speed tester for you! Head on over, and check your speed. If your Ogi speed is a real struggle for you, make sure you’re checking numerous times a day, at different times (not just active times!) and over a couple of days and let us know at [email protected] or by calling 029 2002 0550.
Manage your devices
Something many of us forget is that the age of your devices will also affect the speed of your connection. It is possible for an older device to slow things down for you. With the new technologies being released almost every day, it is recommended that you keep your devices updated as well. Upgrading older hardware every few years, as well remembering to remove any older devices from your wifi network when they aren’t in use.
If you want to get rid of some of the devices on your network, the easiest, most secure method is by changing your wifi network’s password on your router. This will forcibly disconnect all devices from your network – even your own. You’ll have to reconnect to the wifi network by entering the new password on all your devices you want to be connected to, but it means that anyone who doesn’t have your new password won’t be able to connect