How to Increase Internet Speed

San Diego, would you like to know how to increase your internet speed? From your WiFi router and channels you use to the devices on your network and using ethernet connections, there are many things that can have an impact on your internet speed. And, depending on what you use WiFi for, a slow or weak connection can be frustrating. In fact, judging by the amount of searches done for the term “internet speed test” there seems to be a bit of an obsession with what is causing it. Whether you are using the WiFi router/modem combo your ISP sent you, or you already invested in the latest WiFi technology, things can go wrong. This is especially for those with homes larger than 1,500 square feet (the point when you start needing wireless access points). Want to make your WiFi faster? Here, we offer some insight on how to increase internet speed.

Manage Wi-Fi Channels

You’ve probably seen Wi-Fi networks split into two selections: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. In fact, most routers these days are dual-band (which means they offer connections over both the radio frequencies). The point here is that many wireless routers will automatically select the channel for you upon initial setup, where depending on your wireless environment, it could lead to slow Wi-Fi speeds and interference.

As an example, most home networks utilize routers that by default, run on channel 6 (2.4 GHz). And, when neighboring home Wi-Fi networks run over the same channel, they generate radio interference. This can cause significant performance slowdowns for everyone running on that channel. To optimize your Wi-Fi signal, it’s best to find and use a Wi-Fi channel that no one else is using. If you’re using the 2.4 GHz band, channels 1, 6, and 11 are usually the best choices because they don’t overlap with each other.

2.4 vs 5 GHz Performance vs Reliability

2.4 GHz5 GHz
Operating DistanceTravels fartherLess range
SpeedSlowerMuch Faster
InterferenceVery highLow
BarriersLess signal lossMore signal loss

The Difference Between the 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

The main difference between the two frequencies are the range (coverage) and bandwidth (speed) that the bands provide for your connected devices. The 2.4 GHz band provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds. Conversely, the 5 GHz band provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds. That’s because the range is lower in the 5 GHz band because higher frequencies cannot penetrate solid objects like walls and floors. This means, you’ll need to be close to your router to take advantage of it. Unless you have a mesh Wi-Fi system, more on this later.

Use Wired Connections

Although Wi-Fi make things more convenient, it does not mean everything in your home should be using a wireless connection. To put things into perspective, wired connections offer higher bandwidth, less latency and more speed than a wireless connection does. For this reason, you should always use a combination of the two methods. Here’s how to do that…

When To Use A Wired Connection

The best way to remember what you should wire: if the device has an Ethernet port, use it. But when doing so, do not forget to turn off the Wi-Fi connection to the wired device.

When To Use A Wireless Connection

Obviously, no one’s connecting their smartphones to the Ethernet, so for mobile devices, Wi-Fi is the clear choice. Remember, if the device does not offer an Ethernet port, you’ll being using Wi-Fi. 

Upgrade Your Wi-Fi System

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What is eero?

eero is a mesh WiFi system that brings a strong signal down halls, around walls, and to every corner of your home. Unlike a traditional router which can leave some rooms with dead spots a eero system uses multiple devices that work together harmoniously to send connection in every direction. They call it TrueMesh technology a technology that adapts to you as well as your needs.

What is TrueMesh?

TrueMesh gets to know your home and optimizes for its layout, your connected devices, and overall network usage. The result is faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. It is a patented technology (exclusive to eero) that relies on dynamic routing algorithms and real-time data for less speed degradation. Whether you have Ethernet throughout your house or in a single room, eero devices automatically mesh to keep your whole space connected. And as updates bring new features and improvements, your wifi just keeps getting better.

Below is a video showing how their mesh WiFi system works…

How Their Mesh WiFi System Works

San Diego Home WiFi Network Installation

You’re already paying your internet provider for a fast connection. So, it only makes sense to have hardware that can deliver it, and the right team to install and configure it! We are a team of highly trained system designers and installers, qualified to help build the wireless home network of your dreams. Let us help you get the most out of your home network. We are happy to come out free of charge to assess your current wireless capabilities. For the best home network installation services in San Diego, call (760) 505-7461 to get started or click on the button below to fill out a contact form.