Planning Your Home Network

Planning Your Home Network

A bit of home network foresight could save you from major headaches down the road. But where do you even start? The tech jargon and buzzwords can seem frustrating and alien at best. Never fear! Here are a few launching points for planning your home network.

Upgrade Your Router

One of the first things you should do (if you haven't already) is fork over for a new router. Don't get stuck with your ISP's router — which may be outdated and expensive. Buy a router that won't bottleneck your speed or slow down with too many connected devices.

Centralize Your Location

Pick a spot near the center of your home for your router. Doing so will ensure that Wi-Fi signals can reach every nook and cranny in your home. If needed, run a long Ethernet cable from your modem to router in your new and improved central location. For more info on router placement, check out our Router Placement Tips.

Choose the Right Wi-Fi Channel

Make sure to broadcast your Wi-Fi in the least frequently used channel. Try downloading Wifi Scanner for Android. Scan your area with the app and adjust your router's Wi-Fi channel settings to the least commonly broadcasted channel for maximum speed.

5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz

Some routers give you the option to broadcast 5 or 2.4 GHz frequencies. For larger houses, we recommend using the farther reaching but less powerful 2.4 GHz. For smaller homes or apartments, we recommend 5 GHz for maximum speed with less reach.

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