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5 Ways to Make Your WiFi Connection Work for You While Working From Home 

 Few things are as frustrating as a sub-par WiFi connection, especially now that you’re doing everything from home. There’s simply no time for dead zones, zoom meetings that lag, dropped calls, unsent emails, or downloading delays. Without fast and dependable WiFi, time that could otherwise be spent productively is wasted on watching in exasperation as that small load symbol circulates. And that relaxing hour of Netflix that you try to sneak in at lunch? Forget about it.

There could be several reasons why you’re not always getting the internet speeds you’ve been paying for. Here are the top 5 ways to optimize your WiFi connection once and for all. 

#1 Know Who Is on Your Network  

  If you haven’t added the necessary level of protection to your WiFi network, you’re at the mercy of external users. These people can mooch off of your internet bandwidth and slow down your connection.  That’s why you should always protect your router with a complex password and the proper security measures. It’s also worthwhile to make sure that your WiFi guest network is off. Oftentimes, WiFi guest networks do not have security enabled automatically, meaning that external users are free to steal your bandwidth.  
Another important step is to ensure that all of your devices are free from malware. Hackers can take control of the devices in your home and steal your bandwidth to launch attacks against other users. Running virus software is often not enough, however, because it will only protect the computers on your network. Did you know hackers can also take control of other devices such as WiFi enabled thermostats, WiFi caternemeras, or any other device that connects wirelessly to the In? To optimize your internet connection and speed, you need comprehensive network security.

That’s why a solution like MotoManage is critical to protect all of your devices from outside attacks. MotoManage will guard your network from intruders while also ensuring that your automated devices are receiving enough bandwidth to optimize performance. You can relax knowing that a comprehensive security app is doing the following for you:
  • Keeping an eye on all your IoT devices, constantly watching for suspicious activity. 
  • Sending you security alerts for malware threats on your network directly to your phone.  
  • Giving you reader-friendly descriptions of potential threats and their solutions to keep your network safe.

If your family members are the culprits - like your kids downloading the latest xbox game and gobbling up the network during your company-wide meeting - the MotoManage app also lets you monitor activities on specific devices. You will have control over pausing your internet access for a device, family member, of the entire network. 

# 2 Optimize Your Location 

 

The location of your Wi-Fi router has a bigger impact on the strength of your network than you may think. By eliminating the unnecessary objects surrounding your router- like bookcases, windows, mirrors, household appliances, etc. - you limit the obstructions and traffic that your WiFi signals need to pass through.

One way to complete this relocation yourself is to buy a long Ethernet cable that will connect to your modem and router. Another option is to simply ask your internet service provider to assist you (but keep in mind that there may be labor charges involved with this service!) 

Placing Your Router Do's and Don'ts

Do's

 Don'ts

Do place your router in an elevated, spacious, and central location within your home with those funny looking antennas pointed vertically for better results. Think of places like: 

  • High up a bookshelf  
  • Mounted on the wall 
  • In a central living room or family room 


Pointing your antennas vertically will broadcast your signal horizontally, covering more of your house and increasing your internet speeds.

 

 

 

 

Do not place your router in dense, signal-blocking places like:

  • Your basement, around concrete or brick walls, or on the ground. 
  • Inside of a closet or cabinet. 
  • In your kitchen where other devices can emit waves that have the potential to interfere with your WiFi (like your microwave - it has the same wireless band as your internet signal!) 
  • A corner where a significant percentage of your wireless coverage is being sent outside your home. 
  • On top of a metal cabinet or desk. 

The more walls, large obstructions and electronics surrounding your router, the higher the chances something will interfere with the signal.

# 3 Try Hardwiring 

For an immediate fix that will work in the short term for a single device, give hardwiring a try. While WiFi typically relies on a wireless connection to transport data, a hard-wired connection uses an ethernet cable to pass internet access directly from an access point to your device. Try hooking up your router right to your computer for a more reliable connection using an ethernet cable.  Hard-wired internet connections offer better overall speed and stability, as well as significantly lower EMF radiation by decreasing the number of devices using a wireless connection.  

# 4 Upgrade Your Router or Choose a Whole Home WiFi System 

  An outdated router could be what’s hindering your home’s Wi-Fi connection. It’s best to upgrade your hardware and software as soon as new updates become available, and to keep an eye out for new WiFi technologies being released. 

There are many benefits to purchasing a new router that go beyond improving the speed and reliability of your internet: 
  • Improved home security features 
  • Higher levels of compatibility for a wider range of devices 
  • More bandwidth to accommodate the use of multiple devices at once. 
  • For better overall WiFi coverage, you can pre-order the Motorola Whole Home WiFi System which includes MotoManage


In the past decade alone, wireless technology has evolved significantly, and new technology (like Internet speeds over 100Mbps) can no longer be supported by outdated routers. To determine if you need a new router, look up the model number and compare its specifications with the Internet package given by your internet service provider. If it doesn’t match up, you may need to rethink your WiFi. A mesh network like our Whole home WiFi, which involves both a router and satellites, will expand coverage across your entire home. 

Remember: No matter how fast your router is, if you have a slow Ethernet port, you’ll slow down the rest of your connection significantly. Make sure the port is fast enough for your connection by doing the following: 

 

Open your device’s settings. 

  • Go to Network & Internet -> Ethernet if you are using a wired connection. If your network adapter is wireless, go to Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi. 
  • Click the link Change adapter properties 
  • Double click the adapter whose speed you need to know and check your device to see if it is compatible. 

#5 Master Your WiFi Frequency Bands 

  If you live in a heavily populated building or neighborhood, your wireless signal might be getting blocked by the multitude of nearby devices. This overcrowding can occur when too many signals are running on the 2.4GHz frequency band in your area. 

If you have a dual band router, try switching your router and devices to the 5GHz frequency band. Although this band provides less overall coverage, it has many more channels and transmits data at faster speeds. If your router doesn’t support 5GHz, there may be an option to select another channel in the settings on your device. 
A Motorola Whole Home WiFi system will automatically route your devices to the best band to give you the fastest WiFi speeds possible. And our MotoManage app will allow you to run internet speed tests to check for bottlenecks, pause devices that are taking up too much bandwidth, and solve many other WiFi issues with ease.  

Let’s Recap

If you’re not getting the internet signal you’re paying for, go through the following checklist:  

  1. My WiFi has the necessary security it needs to function properly.  
  2. My WiFi is located in an elevated, spacious, and central location within my home. 
  3. I’ve tried hardwiring for a short-term solution.  
  4. I am using a router that is up-to-date and compatible with the newest WiFi technologies.  
  5. I’ve tried switching my router and devices to the 5GHz frequency band.