MADRID, Aug. 8 (Portaltic/EP) –
With the arrival of the holiday period, many people leave their primary residence and move to their usual summer resort, either to rest or to take advantage of the good weather and work remotely from there. Sometimes, that change also means having to put up with much worse Wi-Fi coverage than what you normally have at home.
In order to get the most out of the wireless connection and that, despite its limitations, it allows you to work, as well as enjoy streaming entertainment and high-quality video calls without jumps or interruptions, devolo experts launch five simple tips that they can “help get vacation WiFi in top shape.”
First of all, they recommend carrying out a brief check of the WiFi network of the place. Internet users find out very quickly if their WiFi coverage is good or bad, but a little more detailed analysis can be done. Experts recommend for this the Ookla Speedtest toolan application that allows you to easily check the Wi-Fi speed in all the rooms of the house from a ‘smartphone’ or a ‘tablet’ in order to find “Wi-Fi black holes”.
THE POSITION OF THE ROUTER AND ITS AGE
If the analysis detects that the WiFi is too slow or the connection drops often, the problem is usually the range. “Many houses have the router located in a corner, behind a flower pot or, even worse, in the cellar”, experts explain. A central and slightly elevated position is perfect for a router: for example, on top of a piece of furniture, or in a cupboard in the center of a floor.
The router should not have objects in front or to the side that block its signal and in the case of having external antennas, users They can be placed at different angles. so that they test in which position they manage to improve the connection.
Another common problem second home experts encounter is that the router is too old. If it has to be replaced, the new model “should support WiFi 5 (WiFi ac) or even WiFi 6.” Both standards are considerably faster than Wi-Fi 4. In addition, a part of Wi-Fi 4, which uses the 2.4 GHz band, is heavily overloaded in large urban areas. Therefore, the WiFi can gain speed if you switch to the 5 GHz band of the WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 model.
REPEATERS OR INTERNET USE FROM THE PLUG
In a large apartment or single-family home, between the router and the devices that require Internet connection there may be great distances, walls or even reinforced concrete ceilings. all those obstacles act as a brake for WiFiwhich gets slower and slower and, in the worst case, can stop working.
A WiFi repeater is useful over shorter distances, such as from room to room. “However, it is not so suitable in large spaces, since the repeaters also use the Wi-Fi network to transmit data between them”, they clarify from devolo, indicating that there is an “ideal technical solution” for long distances.
In this sense, they explain that Powerline adapters are “the all-in-one solution for perfect WiFi.” The trick is to use the electrical wiring of the house as a long data cable. The advantage is that reinforced concrete walls, ceilings and even underfloor heating are no longer an obstacle because a cable-based connection is being used.
“WiFi Powerline adapters create a hotspot into any outlet”, add the experts, who also highlight its easy installation: “plug it in, wait a bit and you can already navigate”. Current models combine WiFi Mesh technology with Powerline technology This is the case of devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6, which offers a maximum speed of 2,400 Mbps via Powerline, in addition to WiFi Mesh, thus guaranteeing “a wireless and stable network throughout the house”.