In the WiFi Woes article series, we take a look at various problems that affect your home network and how to fix them. Last time, we looked at how the position of the router and your device can have an affect on the WiFi signal. This time, we’re going to look at ways to help your device pick up the WiFi signal.
This will come in handy if you simply can’t move the router or your device; perhaps you don’t have the room, or can’t find a more suitable spot for your router, or perhaps you don’t have direct access to the router itself. There’s plenty you can do with your device to help it find a connection.
The first thing to attempt to do in any WiFi-related issue is to try to connect the device via Ethernet cable. In the vast majority of WiFi setups, this is highly impractical; however, if you’re are in the position to use an Ethernet cable, you should definitely take it. Routers have Ethernet ports on them (they’re small and square), like this:
Your PC or laptop should have a similar-looking port (tablets and phones don’t — sorry!). If you get an Ethernet cable long enough to connect the two, you can plug them in and enjoy Internet without the WiFi problems. Since Ethernet is a direct connection, it will give you the est download speeds. However, for most people, it’s impractical. They don’t want to be tethered to their router by a short cable.
So how can you fix that signal?
The first thing you should try is updating your WiFi adapter’s drivers. To do this, you have to first discover what adapter your device uses. This can be done by looking at the product description of your device/adapter, or going to your Device Manager and checking under ‘Network Adapters’
Go to the official vendor website or a trusted driver website (not shady third party sites!) and find the drivers for your adapter there. After installing, see if your signal has gotten better. If not, there’s still more you can try.
Tomorrow, in part 2 of this tip, we’ll check out more options.