Bank Holiday weekends often put a strain on your broadband, as families stay home and friends visit to enjoy the extra day off. And that means your internet may feel slower than usual.
But there are some tips you can follow to ensure it performs at its peak potential over the long weekends.
Great tips to get great wifi coverage at home
The quality of your Wi-Fi signal depends on several factors, including router placement, obstacles, and the number of devices connected at any one time.
Keeping routers away from kitchen appliances and not positioning them next to objects like fish tanks will help maintain a strong signal.
But you can do more to keep your connection running super smooth over the bank holidays.
Home expert and Feng Shui master Cliff Tan recently shared his five best pieces of advice for speeding up your connection.
Let’s check them out.
5 ways to instantly speed up your wifi
Location, location, location!
Position your router centrally in your home, particularly in rooms where you rely on it for browsing, streaming, and gaming, advises Tan. Place it high up and facing forward to ensure signal coverage throughout the room. The Wi-Fi signal radiates outward in a circular pattern, so a central location will help maximise range.
Don’t hide your router, keep it visible!
“Energy is best felt when it can be seen, even for Wi-Fi signals,” says Tan. Place the router where it’s visible from the locations where you use it most, such as an office or living room. This provides a direct signal path for your devices. Walls, floors, and other solid objects can absorb or weaken the signal, so keeping clear lines of sight between the router and devices is crucial.
Avoid clutter around your broadband router
Clutter can obstruct the natural flow of energy in a room, according to Tan. Apply this Feng Shui principle to broadband connectivity by keeping items that might interfere with your signal, like baby monitors, speakers, and TVs, away from the router. These devices can create electromagnetic interference, reducing the signal quality and causing connectivity issues.
Be mindful of mirrors!
Large wall mirrors can interfere with connectivity due to their thin metallic coating, which can reflect Wi-Fi signals, confusing your devices. Tan suggests keeping your router at least a few metres away from any sizable mirrors.
Focus on five elements
Feng Shui focuses on the five elements—earth, wood, fire, metal, and water—to describe our surroundings. Pay close attention to metal devices or surfaces when moving your router, as they can often interfere with Wi-Fi signals. For example, a metal TV cabinet could affect your router’s signal.
Try these tips out and see how they work for you. It’s important to note that they won’t increase the actual speeds. However, they can help you maximise your internet connection by optimising Wi-Fi signal quality and strength.
And that means everyone in the house can enjoy perfect internet, at the same time, all the time.