After having spent a few months troubleshooting Wifi networks in Westchester New York, we believe that it would be reasonable to come out with a blueprint to troubleshoot those home networks that are getting busier and busier since more people work from home. This short article will help you understand what needs to be done on the ISP (Optimum or Verizon) side and on the network support side.
- Check the Location of your Router
In some of the homes we have visited, we found out that wifi routers and modems are located in the basement almost as they are ugly objects that should not be seen at all. There is nothing more wrong than putting a wifi router on the basement especially if none is using that basement for work or leisure.
The above picture shows an Optimum modem with a Dlink Wireless router in a basement. As the router is far from the most lived part of the house, users will not enjoy a full speed Internet because the signal will have hard time going through walls and stairs. At the moment of placing a modem, users should ask ISP technicians to place routers at least on ground floor of their homes in order to enjoy more consistent Internet speeds.
- Check your Internet Bill
Our experience is now as such that we know right away why users are complaining that their Internet is slow on their homes. Check your bill before calling a computer company in Westchester. If your speed is 20 or 30 megabit per second and you have a large home of at least 1,400 square feet, you should upgrade your Internet speed to at least 50 or even 100 megabit per second. Once the speed is upgraded, Pc Doctor Westchester can come for a network assessment and see what needs to be installed to boost your wifi.
- Measure Your Internet Speed
Measuring your Internet speed is easy. To have a reliable output, it is recommended to plug in an Ethernet cable to a laptop or to a desktop and measure the Internet speed on the website speedtest.net. If you notice a discrepancy between the speed you are paying for and the speed displayed on your computer, call your ISP and ask them to get you to the speed you are paying for. Then, download the speedtest app on your smartphone and start going around the house measuring the wifi speed. Write down the rooms where you experience dead spots and let us know.
- WIFI Appliances Needed
The number and the type of access points, power line or extender your home needs, depends on what you want to accomplish and on the rooms chosen to get the stronger signal as possible. Lets’ say you want to use the kitchen to stream YouTube videos on your Ipad and the kitchen is far away from your router. The best way to solve this issue is to get a AC 1900 Access point after having installed power line adapters like the one in the picture below.
Power line can serve multiple purposes: they can bring wired, wifi and even extend the existing wireless network. If instead a member of the family wants to use a room of the house as personal office, we would recommend to power line the room that will be used as office and then put at least an 8 ports switch to allow desktops, laptops and network printers to be hard wired.
- Benefits of Powerlining your Westchester Home
When power line was created a couple of years ago, its benefits were immediately clear: it saves time and money. It saves time in terms of configuration since it is not complicated at all to set up. It saves money to homeowners because they do not have to pay for electricians running wires across the house.
Power line is really a decent solution to large homes that need to get around with wifi speed. The image above shows a very simple power line configuration that basically suggests to hardwire the device near the power line appliance to get the most out of the Internet signal. One caveat when installing power line is that, in order to get the most effective throughput, the power line needs to be installed directly into the outlet and not into a surge protector. if you install a power line into a surge protector, the power will be cut 70 per cent.