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Optimize Your Internet Speed: Choose the Right Router

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CFU will upgrade the speeds on all internet service plans in January. Now is the time to optimize your wireless home network to make sure you are taking advantage of the faster speeds on our all-fiber network.

To maximize the speeds on your home network, always connect devices with an Ethernet cable when possible. Desktop computers, printers and TVs are good candidates to use a wired connection. If you use a wired connection when possible, you’ll experience better WiFi performance on all of your devices.

If you use a WiFi router, make sure it is up-to-date. Industry experts suggest that customers upgrade their routers at least every three years for optimal performance. If your router is older than three years, your network could benefit from an upgrade.

Below are a few of the most important things to keep in mind when you are buying and configuring a new router.

Choose the right features
Pick a router with an external antenna or a vertical orientation (does not lay flat) for better range. Look for a router that features a gigabit uplink or a WAN port. This is an indicator that the router is likely built to handle higher speeds.

Go Dual-Band
Dual-band routers have two radios, one at 2.4 GHz and another at 5 GHz. With two separate radios, slower devices can remain connected without slowing down newer, faster devices that use 5 GHz. Interference is common in the 2.4GHz band, so moving faster devices to the 5 GHz band will keep baby monitors, microwaves and security devices from interrupting internet activities.

Place your router correctly
Typically, the center of the house is the best place for your router to provide coverage throughout your home. Placing the router higher improves signal strength.

Only connect the wireless devices you need
If you don’t need them, don’t connect older wireless devices to your network. They can force all the devices in your home to slow down.

Even if it’s a new phone or tablet, adding a device to your network makes the others slower. Make sure devices not in use are not transmitting or receiving. Power them off, or if they are in a sleep mode, make sure they do not have apps that stay running.

Have Questions?
The CFU Help Desk can answer your questions about purchasing a router. Once you have selected a router, the Help Desk can recommend an outside company that can assist with network setup in your home for a fee.

Help Desk Phone:
319-268-5221

Help Desk Email: support@cfu.net