Router Maintenance Tips for Faster Wi-Fi Internet
It’s amazing how difficult we make things pertaining to tech. We make everything so complicated, don’t we. Why? It doesn’t have to be that way; some things are easy. So today we’re going to show you a couple of router maintenance tips that anyone can do on any router to get that faster Wi-Fi and internet speed.
What Is a Router
Before we look at router maintenance tips, let’s start by explaining what we mean by a router specifically. When you connect to your internet service provider, they may provide you with a modem. The modem is the piece of kit that connects your device to the service provider and then out onto the world wide web.
You might also get a router. This is the piece of hardware that provides you with Wi-Fi. In addition, it provides you with LAN connectivity and Net routers responsible for moving that traffic and directing that traffic around your network. More specifically, a router is a box that permits all of your wired and wireless devices that use that Internet connection at once. By the same token, a router also allows them to talk to one another without having to do so over the Internet.
Of course, and just like your normal computer and your normal phone, you may be surprised to learn that your router has an operating system. The operating system is the “traffic light,” so to speak. The operating system is responsible for absolutely everything from setting up your users, setting up the Wi-Fi, managing the traffic, creating the firewall and giving you that beautiful internet connectivity. It does a lot. Now let’s look into router maintenance tips that will speed up that Web connectivity.
Router Maintenance Tips
Tip 1 – Reboot
So, what do you do when your computer starts misbehaving and pretends it is a snail and becomes really s l o w? One of the first tips we share with you is that you need to reboot it (This is different than resetting which just means that you are re-establishing manufacturer settings). Here are the steps for how you can do that.
1. Keep your router plugged in
2. Find your router’s reset button. This will be on the back or the bottom of your router.
3. Use a paperclip to hold down the reset button for 30 seconds.
4. Release the button.
5. Wait for the router to power back on.
This is a task that you need to do on a routine basis. To explain further, your router has an operating system just like your computer or phone has in order to keep it running smoothly. The reasoning is that you want to do everything you can to keep your router functioning smoothly, so it does not crash or cause failures.
Tip 2 – Keep the router cool
Next on your list of router maintenance tips is to ensure that your router does not get too hot. Don’t box in your router between a set of books or stuff them into cupboards. Your router says that it must have air to breathe. (Gasp, gasp) Here is an additional tip for you. If your router has an open USB port at the back of the router, you can plug an inexpensive fan that runs on USB into that port and point it towards your router. That will be an excellent way to keep your router cool.
Tip 3 – Get regular updates!
Just as Megabite performs PC Services that includes hardware and software upgrade quotes at no extra charge, you need to be diligent. Your router is no different. It is essential that you keep up with getting updates that the manufacturer has developed such as upgraded firmware.
Do you have any questions about this or anything else having to do with computer repair, why not contact us right now while it’s fresh in your mind.
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