Most of us know the frustration that comes with slow or unreliable Internet, especially when you have no idea what’s causing it. For this reason, if your WiFi speed is slow, the first thing to consider is an update to your router. In fact, if it has been more than a few years, it may be time for an upgrade.
Today’s routers need to be least a dual-band that supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency. That’s because single-band routers only broadcast 2.4GHz signals. A router can only transmit a WiFi signal so far. So, with a dual-band router you’ll get faster WiFi speeds and avoid interference.
Other reasons your WiFi might be slow is router placement, the size of your home, furniture, electronic devices, other WiFi signals, other people in your home, and of course your router.
In fact, the standard consumer-grade routers that come with your Internet plan cannot handle today’s traffic. That’s because the one-size-fits-all design cannot meet the demands of modern homes.
For more information on this, read our article on WiFi Best Practices.