How to fix your slow home WiFi connection

  1. Know your ISP subscribed Internet Speed

    Take note of the Internet speed you subscribed from your ISP - at the end of the day, that's what you want to get everywhere in your home.

    If you want higher speeds than what you are currently subscribed to - talk to your ISP, as WiFi would not be able to get you faster.

    In the example we give in this article - subscribed Internet speeds are 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload.

  2. Connect to Home WiFi Network

    Make sure you are connected to your home WiFi network.

    If you are not yet connected - move as close as possible to your home WiFi router, and try again.

  3. Test Speed Next To Home WiFi Router

    While standing as close as possible to your home WiFi router - test the speed of your network.

    You can use the fasTest speed test by analiti.com app in fasTest Deep mode (as shown below) or just click here.

    If the speeds you get are less than 90% of your subscribed speeds (when the test device is placed as close as possible to your home WiFi router):

    • If your router was supplied by your ISP - talk to them. They should either fix your Internet line or upgrade your router.
    • If your router was supplied by someone else (or yourself) - consider upgrading your router after you make sure your ISP is providing you the speed you think you should get from them.

    In our example - the router is located in the living room and we placed the smartphone we used was less than 1 ft away from it.

    Have a look at the screen capture of our speed tests next to the router.

  4. Test Stability Next To Home WiFi Router

    While standing as close as possible to your home WiFi router - test the stability of your network.

    You can use the fasTest speed test by analiti.com app in fasTest Loop mode to test the stability of the WiFi connection.

    If the network is not stabled next to your home WiFi router:

    • If your router was supplied by your ISP - talk to them. They should replace your router.
    • If your router was supplied by someone else (or yourself) - replace your router.

    Have a look at the screen capture of our stability test next to the router.

  5. Repeat Speed and Stability Tests In All Places You Want To Use Your Home WiFi Network

    Once you tested next to your home WiFi router - and established what's the best possible result could be - test again every place in your home where you wish to use WiFi (either form mobile devices such as smartphones or laptops, or for fixed devices such as smart TVs or home automation cameras).

    Have a look at the screen captures of our speed and stability tests in our example bedroom ...

  6. Analyze Test Results

    Once you performed tests all around - analyze the results.

    There's no "right" result, but you can certainly see results that require a solution:

    • Where speed are below 30% of your subscribed Internet speeds
    • Where there's no stability in WiFi signal and performance

    In our example - while signal is best in the living room and acceptable in the bedroom - the quality on the balcony leaves a lot to be desired: inconsistent speeds and an unstable signal.

    Have a look at the screen capture of our comparative performance report (produced by the fasTest speed test by analiti.com app Compare function, comparing all stored test results).

  7. Decide on the Best Solution

    Now, when you completed your analysis, it's time to take action.

    Your options:

    • If your "next to router" speeds are much higher than in other places you need a WiFi connection - add a whole-home WiFi solution to your network for getting faster speeds all around. Here's how to decide what's the best whole-home WiFi solution for you.
    • If your "next to router" speeds are not what you wish for - upgrade your ISP subscription to a faster speed tier. Of course - you may still like to get an add-on whole home WiFi solution to make sure you get the new speeds everywhere in your home.
    • Do nothing - you may be satisfied, after all, with your existing home WiFi network.

    Some additional recommendations:

    • Unless you are a professional - don't waste your time on wild goose chases such as trying to align antennas, finding the best spot for your main ISP modem//router or optimizing spectrum channels to minimize interference. The likelihood of succeeding in these endeavors are slim, and success may be short-lived.
    • The latest technology products will get your piece of mind for the longest time.
    • Some ISPs claim they will provide the best whole-home WiFi solution when you upgrade their main modem/router. Very few do. Consider getting the most basic modem/router from your ISP (required to support the subscription tier you picked with them) but also add a whole-home WiFi solution to your network. This may bring you the best of all worlds.
    • After implementing the selected solution - test again to verify the benefits are what you aiming for.

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