Making your Wifi faster and secure

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  1. Demon_Skeith

    Demon_Skeith Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    5 Simple tips on how to get your wifi set up into a better standing with your wifi needed devices: read here.

    Many of them are good, but do note that hiding your SSID is not the best option. Also there is a wifi wiz in that article comment, here is some of his stuff:

    Not sure if all should be used or done, but I feel it's some good tips for those with wifi issues.
  2. froggyboy604

    froggyboy604 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    These are some good tips on improving your wifi.
  3. VirusZero

    VirusZero Well-Known Member Full GL Member

    The comment section has some interesting/useful bits, possibly more than the actual article does.

    Though for Gizmodo's article there are a lot of caveats...
    1- Changing channels only helps if the area isn't already saturated. In highly clustered areas, like an apartment with 300+ people who all have their own wifi adapters, this may not do much good because the 2.4Ghz channels will be filled up so quickly and there isn't much you can do about it. (Unless you could somehow co-ordinate it so that floor one has to use freqencies 1-5-7 and apartments have to alternate between them. Then Floor 2 has 2-4-6. Floor 3 has 3-8-11, etc... and then hopefully floor 4 or 5 can use the same as floor 1 again. But that'd be incredibly difficult to get people to co-operate to set up.)

    Granted if they're using a 5Ghz bandwidth then you've got more channels to work with. (And each has a smaller range so if you're 75 feet from someone, your signal will be weak enough they can use the same channel without affecting you much at all.)

    2- Priorities will help sure, but only on slower internet speeds. Once you hit a speed like 50Mbps down and 25Mbps up there really isn't THAT much point in having prioritization anymore simply because your speed is high enough that multiple devices can use the internet without really running into issues. I mean you can stream Netflix in HD at 5Mbps... So you can have 10 HD Netflix streams going at once before you're going to run into issues.

    4- Don't hide your SSID. It doesn't protect you at all, it just makes your devices exposed. See the lifehacker article for more.

    5- Upgrading firmware can potentially help at times... But not always. Sometimes it just adds new issues (especially if your hardware is older/slowing down). And you really have to be certain to get the right firmware otherwise you'll risk causing your router to be inoperable (until you can get the proper firmware). Which, if you need your router to connect to the internet... May mean you can't fix it. So sometimes it's best not to mess with this. Even moreso if your router is working great as is (don't fix what isn't broken afterall).

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