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  • So a lot of people ask me, "How do I get my Wi-Fi to work faster or to have more range?"

  • And there are actually a few things you can do to increase the powere of your Wi-Fi or

  • to boost it a little bit. The first thing I would do is really try to look for a better

  • driver for your network card. You can't really do this on Macs, but on PCs if you go to the

  • manufacturer of the laptop or whoever made your wireless adapter, you will find drivers

  • there. And these drivers are updated every few months. Sometimes newer drivers can definitely

  • give you more speed and more range.

  • The other thing you can do is change the channel of your wireless network. So if you go to

  • the setup page of your wireless router, you will see that every router has a channel that

  • it broadcasts on. And if you live in an area that has a lot of wireless networks around,

  • some of them might be using the same channel that you are. So it would be a good trick

  • to go to the wireless setup page and try to change the channel to a different channel.

  • You can experiment with that by just changing it and seeing if it gets any better, or you

  • can use your phone to download an app that actually kind of scans the air around you

  • and tells you which networks are using which channels exactly.

  • Another thing you can do is use an access point. So if you have the energy to do it,

  • you can actually wire an access point from your router to another place at the house,

  • and you'll kind of get a second hotspot which will give you more range and connects you

  • to the same network so you can share stuff between all your computers. Another idea,

  • if you don't want to wire anything is to use range extender like this one. This range extender

  • actually has two radio antennas in it, not just one, so it can use one of them to connect

  • to the existing network, and then use the second one to create a new network that will

  • connect to the existing network.

  • Another thing you can do is get a better wireless adapter for your computer. Your computer might

  • be old, or it might have been cheap, and they people who built it just put a crappy wireless

  • adapter in it. So you can buy a better wireless adapter, like this one for example, that has

  • newer standards, more speed, and more range. They come in all different shapes and forms,

  • but I like this one because it's a USB adapter, and it's really easy to use. You can just

  • plug it in right here to the USB port, and voila, we have a new wireless adapter that

  • should be much faster and much better.

  • Other than that, there's also upgrading the firmware. If you go to your router setup page,

  • there's always an option to upgrade the software that runs on the router. You can find newer

  • software on the website of the manufacturer, download it, and then install it on the router,

  • and that usually fixes bugs, enhances speed, and makes the whole thing a lot more stable.

  • And that's how you boost your network.

So a lot of people ask me, "How do I get my Wi-Fi to work faster or to have more range?"

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