10. Upgrade your gear
One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date equipment. There are a few different ways you can do this:
Use an ethernet cable
Trying to change the position of your router is sometimes easier said than done. One of the biggest challenges in doing so is that for most people, the fiber terminal point and optical modem is usually positioned near the entrance of the house, which is often not in the center of the home. One way to get around this problem is to position the router centrally and then connect it to the optical modem using a long Ethernet cable. Admittedly, this is not the most elegant solution, but it is the most cost-effective and efficient.
Use a range extender
Range extenders are perhaps the most affordable way of expanding Wi-Fi coverage. However, be warned range extenders are really only signal boosters. As a result, expect performance to suffer some degradation, even if Wi-Fi coverage is expanded. Nevertheless, their affordability makes them attractive options. Some Wi-Fi is better than no Wi-Fi at all, right?
Mesh networking system
If you have stubborn Wi-Fi dead spots at home, a mesh networking system might be a worthwhile investment. Unlike range extenders which simply amplify existing Wi-Fi signals, mesh networking systems use Wi-Fi technology to extend the coverage of your Wi-Fi network. This means better range and performance. The only downside is that they typically cost quite a bit more than range extenders. Check out this mesh networking guide to know more.
Text: Kenny Yeo/Hardware Zone, Additional reporting: Atika Lim and Elizabeth Liew
This post was first published on November 28, 2016, and updated on April 16, 2020.