Causes – and Solutions – of Wireless Router Performance Issues
Wireless routers create Internet connections with several devices by wireless signal. Yet, wireless routers can run into hiccups that hinder performance and speed. If you’ve suffered with disappointing speeds, read on for your comprehensive guide to common causes of performance issues.
- You need a network extender. Wireless network signals can cover plenty of ground. However, if you’re on the edge of coverage, performance can plummet. Wireless repeaters or extenders can boost signal strength and improve performance. Buy one if your network has trouble covering all areas of your home or office.
- A computer, device, or software process strains network resources. When connecting more than one device to a wireless network, remember that they’ll all share one Internet connection. What happens if one device streams tons of media or downloads large files? Other devices on the signal will notice the network strain. Watch all devices to ensure one connection isn’t hogging resources.
- You’re not using port forwarding. One common performance issue in wireless routers: The inability to run certain programs, multiplayer games, or tablet/smartphone apps. This happens when a router’s default security settings block devices/software from using certain ports. Port forwarding opens these ports.
- You’ve positioned the router in a poor location. The placement of a wireless router can affect how other devices connect. A router on one side of the home or office struggles to connect with devices on the other side. Employ tools such as Heatmapper for Windows to gauge signal strength throughout the structure.
- You’ve configured your router to save power. Manufacturers design newer wireless routers to help cut back on utility costs. It’s a nice idea in theory. Users often sacrifice performance for savings, though. This option in the router settings is sometimes referred to as “Transmission Power.” You can select low, medium or high levels of transmission power. If your setting is set to “Auto,” be sure to turn it off.