Despite the fact that your router delivers the most consistent speed, it is also vulnerable to dead zones, signal degradation, as well as moderate to severe speed loss. Sometimes, it slows down for reason. It is truly frustrating especially when users are trying to perform Netgear WiFi extender setup. Apart from this, it is no fun when your favorite movie unexpectedly starts buffering or a very important video call breaks up. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to maximize your router speed and get it running like a rocket.
Before we delve into those different ways, it’s recommended you to cross-check the speed of Internet to ensure you are getting speed as promised by Internet Service Provider. Just because of slow Internet speed, even a blazingly fast access point seems very slow.
As soon as you are sure about the slowdown of your device, make use of the tricks given below to speed it up:
- Open ports for devices
Log in to mywifiext.net website and open up ports for other devices and users you want to connect to. For instance, if you desire other people or gaming console to connect with your network, all you have to do is merely open up ports for improved speed and connectivity. Additionally, one can even allocate a static IP address rather than a dynamic one. This will surely increase the speed of your router.
- Experiment with location
It all depends on the location of your access point that whether you are getting a fast speed or not. Given that it can use each frequency band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), a slight movement can make a difference. Furthermore, the building material and structure of your home may interfere with wireless signal. This prevents the signal from providing complete range and coverage.
The best solution for finding the correct location is to create a heat map of your house which helps you detect dead zones. Then, shift your device to different areas of home to check if it enhances the speed or not. Also, make sure to place it far away from electronic gadgets like cordless phones, fax machines, security alarms, etc.
- Update the drivers
As your Netgear router is a hardware device working with your PC or related gadgets, so it is crucial to upgrade its driver software from time to time or once updates are available. Similar to your computer, smart TV, gaming console or other devices, access points also need up-to-date drivers in order to work properly as a standalone device. Users can do so either via Mac software updates or Windows updates depending upon the device they are using. They can even download and install the driver software right from Netgear official website.
- Get a better antenna
Most routers come along with a poor antenna. An amplified antenna is the best and simplest way to perk up signal strength without paying bucks for a new router. Plug-in range extenders also function as a powered antenna but they are a bit more expensive.
- Change MTU byte size
Launch a web browser on your computer and type the default IP address of your router in the URL. Next, press enter key and log in to mywifiext. Enter username and password into the given fields to proceed further. Once logged in, navigate to left pane and click on WAN setup option. Reduce the MTU byte size as per your requirements. Experience the speed change in your equipment. On the other hand, if SPI firewall is turned on, disable it to maximize router speed. As soon as you are done with the changes, click on apply button and close the web user interface by clicking on red cross (X) option in top-right corner of the screen. You can also downgrade the encryption type to WEP from WPA. It may enhance the speed but can also add security risks and problems.
Once you have applied all or any of the above-mentioned tips, you will get an improved speed and performance of router. If you still have any doubts, don’t shy to ask them from us through the comments box provided below for you. We will be delighted to help you out.