Is your Router Outdated and Causing you More Problems?
Outdated routers and interference may be causing issues with your Wi-Fi connectivity and slowing down your internet speeds. A slow Internet connection can be very frustrating. There are many factors that affect your internet speed. Sometimes you just don’t subscribe to the speed you need for the number of devices being used, and sometimes your computer or device has an issue.
But, did you know that your router, and signal interference between your router and your device, play an important role in optimizing connectivity speeds in your home?
If you haven’t upgraded your router in a while it could be the culprit for lags and longer load times. Older routers run old wireless standards and upgrading to a current model could improve your Wi-Fi capabilities. Let’s say you have the right internet speed for your needs, but you still notice the speed isn’t quite as fast as you expected, this could be due to having a router that isn’t suited to your gaming, streaming, surfing, and/or working needs.
So, how do you find out if you have an old or new router? Check the router itself. You’ll see numbers like these:
- 11ac – runs the newest standards; GOOD
- 11n – a bit older, but still functional; OK
- 11g – pretty dated, so it’s probably time to consider replacing it; NOT GOOD
Other versions not mentioned here are definitely dated and should be replaced to give you faster connectivity. Wireless routers are an important piece of hardware and occasionally need upgrading, especially if you’ve tried everything else and still aren’t getting Internet as fast as you want or need.
The construction of your home has an impact on how well your devices connect to your router. Plaster, brick, concrete, and even some types of sheet rock, can impede connectivity. In some cases, if your router is mounted on a brick wall or sits on a metal shelf, simply moving it can make a difference. You should also not hide your router behind the TV cabinet. If you want a better signal you will need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. Poor-quality wiring, or damaged wires could also be slowing down your internet. You might want to check to see if a wire has gotten crimped or if water has gotten into the line.
Finally, it becomes harder to connect your devices when they are further from the router, so keep this in mind when using your computer or device on your home Wi-Fi connection.
TCT is here to help you find the solution to your Wi-Fi connectivity problems. If you need to upgrade your router the TCT Solutions Center has what you are looking for, so please stop by to shop our selection!