Wave Broadband April 3, 2020

Optimizing Your WiFi Speed

Many factors influence your home’s WiFi speeds. With smart devices and internet browsing, sometimes it gets crowded on your wireless network. Learn how you can boost and optimize your internet speeds to peak performance.

Walls and appliances are physical barriers that can affect your WiFi speed. Concrete, metal, and plaster are especially difficult for the WiFi signal to penetrate.

Minimize the number of barriers by placing your router in the open area where the internet is most commonly used, such as the living room.

Location, location, location! Where the router is placed is very important. Some people put it in an upstairs office or even worse, the basement or attic; these areas make it hard for the wireless signal to reach the device.

Try putting it in the center of your home, up off the floor, preferably on the 1st floor, in a room where the Internet is frequently accessed.

Multiple devices divide up bandwidth like a pie, with each device taking the portion it needs at the time of use.
The more devices you have, the more Wi-Fi speed is divided up. Some devices can’t support higher speeds — which slows down all the others. To see what speeds your device can support, check the owner’s manual or perform a web search using its model number

Protect your WiFi by always requiring a password to join the network. If your network is open, you leave your WiFi vulnerable to cyber threats or neighbors and adding their devices to your broadband, further bogging down the internet speeds. Prevent others from using your WiFi without you knowing and secure your WiFi network with a password to optimize internet speed.

Run regular virus scans to keep your devices clean. Close browsers, clear cookies, and turn off devices you’re not using. Clearing cookies is fast and easy, but the steps vary by browser. To learn how to clear cookies for your browser, a quick web search is all you need.

*Internet download speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Observed speeds may vary based on device, connection, & other factors outside of RCN’s control. Offer ends December 31, 2020. Restrictions apply. Internet First Program available to qualifying households as outlined in the terms and conditions. Offer limited to up to 25Mbps Internet service, standard modem, WiFi only and free standard installation only. Other services such as TV or Phone are not available with this offer. Offer available to new residential subscribers that have not had service in the past 60 days and who meet specific eligibility criteria. Internet First promotional offer includes two months of complimentary 25 Mbps Internet service (taxes excluded). After 60 days, a rate of $9.95 per month will apply. The monthly rate for Internet service under the Internet First program is subject to increase for each subsequent one year period, by no more than $10.00 per month.  Taxes extra. Pricing subject to change. Advertised price applies to a single outlet. Minimum computer system requirements apply. If a customer is determined to be no longer eligible for the Internet First program, regular rates will apply. Subject to Internet First program terms and conditions. May not be combined with other offers. ©2020 RCN Telecom Services, LLC. All rights reserved. See our online disclosures at https://www.rcn.com/policies-and-disclaimers/ for more information.

*Internet download speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Observed speeds may vary based on device, connection, & other factors outside of Grande’s control. Offer ends December 31, 2020. Restrictions apply. Internet First Program available to qualifying households as outlined in the terms and conditions. Offer limited to up to 25Mbps Internet service, standard modem, WiFi only and free standard installation only. Other services such as TV or Phone are not available with this offer. Offer available to new residential subscribers that have not had service in the past 60 days and who meet specific eligibility criteria. Internet First promotional offer includes two months of complimentary 25 Mbps Internet service (taxes excluded). After 60 days, a rate of $9.95 per month will apply. The monthly rate for Internet service under the Internet First program is subject to increase for each subsequent one year period, by no more than $10.00 per month.  Taxes extra. Pricing subject to change. Advertised price applies to a single outlet. Minimum computer system requirements apply. If a customer is determined to be no longer eligible for the Internet First program, regular rates will apply. Subject to Internet First program terms and conditions. May not be combined with other offers. ©2020 Grande Communications Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. See our online disclosures at https://mygrande.com/policies-agreements for more information.

*Internet download speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Observed speeds may vary based on device, connection, & other factors outside of Wave’s control. Offer ends December 31, 2020. Restrictions apply. Internet First Program available to qualifying households as outlined in the terms and conditions. Offer limited to up to 25Mbps Internet service, standard modem, WiFi only and free standard installation only. Other services such as TV or Phone are not available with this offer. Offer available to new residential subscribers that have not had service in the past 60 days and who meet specific eligibility criteria. Internet First promotional offer includes two months of complimentary 25 Mbps Internet service (taxes excluded). After 60 days, a rate of $9.95 per month will apply. The monthly rate for Internet service under the Internet First program is subject to increase for each subsequent one year period, by no more than $10.00 per month.  Taxes extra. Pricing subject to change. Advertised price applies to a single outlet. After twelve month promotional period, usage beyond total allotment subject to additional charges. Minimum computer system requirements apply. If a customer is determined to be no longer eligible for the Internet First program, regular rates will apply. Subject to Internet First program terms and conditions. May not be combined with other offers. © 2020 WaveDivision Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved. See our online disclosures https://residential.wavebroadband.com/agreements-and-policies/ for more information.