Any Wi-Fi connection depends on a number of factors to offer good performance and a good user experience. The main pillar on which it is based is our own Internet connection, that is, the connection service that we have contracted with our ISP.
Thus, if we have, for example, a fiber optic Internet connection with a symmetric speed of 300 Mbps, we should not expect our Wi-Fi connection to reach speeds of 600 Mbps, since the maximum limit is set by the speed of the rate that we have contracted.
On this basis, different aspects are stacked that will significantly influence not only the speed of our Wi-Fi connection, but may also have positive or negative effects on its stability and quality.
Not all of them have the same impact, and therefore they do not have the same importance, but when several concur we may end up having serious connection problems, and we do not know where to start to solve them. In this article we are going to discover with you eight common errors that can seriously damage your Wi-Fi connection, and we will explain how to solve them effortlessly.
Eight common mistakes that hurt your Wi-Fi connection
1. Place the router in a location inappropriate: For example, in a corner or in a low position, is one of the most common mistakes and more can affect our Wi-Fi connection, as it will reduce the scope thereof, and also the quality and stability of the signal. In extreme cases we can create a dead zone.
Solution: Simply move the router to a high position free of obstacles and objects that can generate interference.
2. Misorienting the external antennas of the router: Not all routers have external antennas, but those that do and that allow them to be oriented may be affected by a wrong position, since the Wi-Fi signal will not be directed properly.
Solution: We just have to orient the antennas well. It has no mystery, the ideal is that they are looking up and in a slightly inclined position towards the places where we want the signal to reach us.
3. Do not update the router’s firmware periodically: These types of updates are very useful and very important, since they correct errors, improve stability and performance, and may include new functions of interest.
Solution: Check regularly for updates available for your router. Keep in mind that you should only go to official sources.
4. Place the router in areas where it is surrounded by obstacles that strongly block the signal.
Solution: As in point number one, the ideal would be to change the position of the router. If we can’t, removing the obstacles that most interfere with the Wi-Fi connection would be an alternative.
5. Forgetting to properly configure the security settings of the router. A weak password is like leaving the door open to intruders.
Solution: It is very simple, we just have to enter the router configuration settings and change the default password to a more secure one. Disabling the SSID can also help us improve security.
6. Use old protocols, such as Wi-Fi 2, since they can greatly reduce the speed of our entire Internet connection.
Solution: we must avoid using this type of protocol, there is no other option.
7. Do not use the Wi-Fi 5 standard whenever possible. This standard significantly improves the maximum speed of our Wi-Fi connection, and is also less affected by interference when working in the 5 GHz band.
Solution: use this standard whenever possible. Many routers automatically connect us to the best available band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) depending on where we are, but others make us choose between one and the other. Whenever you can, turn to Wi-Fi 5 (5 GHz band).
8. Use the default channels, which are usually the most used and the most saturated.
Solution: change channels manually through router configuration interface. The most modern and advanced routers tend to automatically switch to the less saturated channels.