Have your videos been stuttering or glitchy? Are your Zoom calls freezing, dropping, or cutting out? Have web pages been loading slowly or sometimes not at all? Does your streaming audio quality degrade for seemingly no reason?
The cause for any or all of these things may very well be your WiFi connection – not your internet provider, your devices, or the programs or applications being used.
With so many people home due to quarantines and work-from-home orders, they are discovering just how important a good WiFi connection is. Unfortunately for some, they are learning that their WiFi router is often underpowered or overwhelmed. A bad or out-of-date WiFi router can make your work and at-home abilities… just… halt.
Multiple things could be affecting your WiFi quality, including: how old your router is; the router’s location in a home or office; the layout of the building and its construction materials. The most important thing to know: Is your router right for the kind of work or entertainment you and others do, and the amount of anticipated use?
A key change you can make to improve your WiFi is to make sure your router is in a central location – or close to where you use your devices. Most WiFi problems are caused by a lack of good connection. If your router is too far from your device, or is blocked by too many walls, your computer, TV, or cellphone won’t be able to reliably find the signal.
Additionally, if you have multiple routers or use WiFi extenders, you may be experiencing a conflict of signals that can weaken your connection or cause you to switch in and out of different networks without warning.
Try to find a solution that eliminates all of these obstacles and keeps you on one network.
Whether you have an old router, too many walls, or just a building that’s too large for one router, Bergen IT recommends that you try using Mesh WiFi.
Mesh WiFi is a kind of router system that uses two or more units to distribute WiFi networking evenly throughout the building or property. It uses “signal hopping technology” – a technique developed by movie star and inventor Hedy Lamarr – to keep everything on the same network. So no more dropping out when moving from one part of your house to the other!
Mesh WiFi‘s use of this technology keeps your devices on a consistent connection that brings both higher safety encryption and more power, letting you connect many more devices over a much larger distance/range.
Interested in Mesh WiFi? Want to discuss your own WiFi situation, or have any other network-related questions? Please let us know!
Bergen IT offers WiFi audits, Mesh WiFi installations, and networking projects!
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