5 Settings for your router that can increase Wi-Fi Speed (upper image)
So chances are, either you have massive Ethernet cables running all over your house or you've got a wireless router that's in a corner somewhere beautifully flashing it's little LEDs. When you first set it up, you probably changed the name of Wi-Fi network to something clever and a pretty decent password. and then completely ignored the bolt load of other settings. But does your curious mind makes you to go digging around these options?
Well, you don't want to blindly experiment on your precious router but these dials can enhanced your Wi-Fi experience. We won’t go over every setting you could conceivably want to change but we'll cover some of the more important ones starting with the things that affect your security.
You must have setup your password before-hand but not all wireless encryption settings are the same. All their standards, have broader compatibility with certain legacy devices but we would strongly recommend that you switch to WPA2 to an AES encryption as soon as possible if you haven't already. Other options are with less secure WEP which can be hacked easily.
Many routers offer a guest network option, so that visitors and guests can surf the internet as well. Guests can be provided with a different password so that you will not have to share your actual password and you can even put a limit on time and access.
To know more about setting up Guest Mode watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgy7zOb2RqY
Now that you've successfully secured your Wi-Fi router, let's move on to performance. Most routers available in market today can broadcast on both 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands. For better speed switch to 5GHz band since it has a larger bandwidth with minimum congestion and less interference. However 5GHz has less range and may not support older devices. Therefore we recommend to test your speed before you decide to switch to 5Ghz
To know more about 2.4GHz & 5GHz: https://www.tendacn.com/en/news/3331.html
You would also would like to attend to the channel settings of your router. A channel is simply a small slice within the wireless bands that you chose over on which the data is actually transmitted.
Most router will pick a channel for you automatically but if you're getting slower speed than expected, the culprit can be a congested channel especially if there are lots of other Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity. Try and use a Wi-Fi analysis app on your smartphone to see which channels are the clearest and then set the channel on your router accordingly.
You also must have noticed a mode option that shows weird jumble of letters. Most new devices use either N or AC Wi-Fi mode. We recommend to have at least those two enabled.
You should also consider configuring your router to custom DNS server. It's basically a set of servers that your system uses to look up the addresses of different websites that directs you to the right place. Your internet service provider already provides you with a DNS service but a third party DNS offer enhance speed and security especially if you are noticing long delays between typing in a web address and seeing the page you want to start to load. By setting a preferred DNS in your router settings all traffic going through it will use that DNS instead of having to set it up individually on every device.
WDS (Router to Repeater Mode)
If you have an extra router you can use it as a repeater that can carry the Wi-Fi’s signal to the dark corners of your home.Setting up a repeater shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes if you refer to video below:-