How to maximize your Wi-Fi signal performance.
Few gadgets in your home can make you quite as frustrated as a router with a poor Wi-Fi signal. It is a special feeling of exasperation when your video finally finishes buffering, only to play for four seconds and start buffering again. Sighing out and groaning when a web page fails to load, and you must refresh it again.
It is true, slow Wi-Fi is worse than no Wi-Fi. If there’s no Wi-Fi you know there’s a problem and something needs to be fixed. However, if its slow most people are not all that sure on how to start troubleshooting these problems.
But do not worry, we are here to help. Here is all you need to know about routers and the solutions to the ‘waiting game’.
How it Works
A router uses radio waves, just like cellphones, televisions, and radios do. Communication across a Wi-Fi network is a lot like two-way radio connection:
- Your device’s Wi-Fi adapter translates data into a radio signal and transmits it using an antenna.
- Your router receives the signal and decodes it, then sends the information to the Internet using the physical, wired ethernet connection.
The process then reverses, with the router receiving information from the Internet, translating it to a radio signal and sending it to the computer’s wireless adapter. Routers can be wired or wireless. Learn how a router is different than a modem.
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