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October 17, 2017:
How to make your router run faster:
One of the best things about Wi-Fi is the easy access it provides to the internet. But, if your network password is too simple, there could be more people tapping into it than you originally bargained for. Obviously, this isn’t something you want. Networks with weak passwords or no passwords can be accessed by almost anyone. Prevent this by first changing the password for your router. If you don’t know where to find it, a site called Router Passwords can help you locate the manufacturer’s default password. From there, create a password that is complex and difficult to guess.
Congestion is a problem in crowded neighborhoods or apartments. When too many people try to connect at the same time on the same Wi-Fi channel, connection speed is significantly impacted. When your connection slows during peak hours, usually in the evening when everyone gets off work or on Sunday night. Fix this by selecting a different channel for your router. If you have a 2.4 gigahertz frequency router, there are usually 11 channels to choose from. Channels 1, 6 and 11 are recommended but try other channels to find a faster connection. Or buy a new 5 gigahertz router.
The typical way to access your router and settings is to type 188.8.131.52 into your browsers address line. If you are lucky enough to get in you will need a user name and password to access details like changing the channel that is being use. Check the suggestion above to search your manufactures name to see what default passwords are typical for them. Sometime empty cell work too.
Wi-Fi routers are not all created equal. “AC” routers are a step up from the older “B” and “G” models and even “N” models. They have more features and offer better performance. If you’re shopping for a new router, that’s what you want to look for. AC routers have a maximum spectral bandwidth of around 8 x 160MHz, compared to the 4 x 40MHz standard of N routers. In other words, the increased bandwidth allows more data to be transmitted without slowing down.
Sometimes the easiest fixes are right there under our noses. Routers are not designed to transmit signals over long distances, so there may be hot spots and dead zones in your home. Brick walls multiple floors are often obstacles. This is like a radio wave that is sending out a signal and the further away you are the less signal you will get. Perhaps your Netflix on the TV is too far from the router. You will need a booster. Once you’ve identified the problem areas in your home, you have a few options available. One option is to purchase a Wi-Fi extender that can boost the range of your router’s transmission. Wi-Fi extenders range in price from around $20-$120, depending on the features included in the model. However, a mid-range extender should work just fine. If you can move the router to the center of your environment, you will be much happier. Routers come in varied powers thus the signal goes further. If your router is over ten years old, replace it.
If this was all Greek to you and you still want to access your router to change the password or setting, I can come help.
Let’s have a home laptop party:
Would you like to have a mini informational get-together? Recently I have been hosting PC and iPhone/iPad classes at homes and facilities like churches, businesses and schools. Informal and informative. Gather your friends (like the old Rubbermaid and Tupperware days). We all use the local WiFi and toss questions and scenarios around that we all learn from. It is amazing how many different issues are solved and how many people did not know a topic was something they turned out to be thrilled with. I have lots of unknown hints and tips for everyone. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started.
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I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a call at 419/318-9112. References and rates are always available upon request. Don’t forget to sign up for my Free Newsletter at OhComputerTraining.com. Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web-links.
Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT and Lourdes University. All classes are offered though the Eberly Center at UT with free parking. E-mail any specific questions or comments to JwPcTutor@Gmail.com or contact her for assistance at 419/318-9112. Public Classes are listed on her website: OhComputerTraining.com. The classes at UT offer inexpensive and totally non-intimidating. Call 419/ 530-8570 to register. Private tutoring and repairs are just phone a call or email away.