Better Net Connections

Published on February 26th, 2015

Get the Best Internet Set-Up for Your Home

Now-a-days almost any electronic device uses Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. For a new homeowner, you may think it’s as simple as buying an internet package from a service provider, picking a wireless router, and then just plugging it in. You can easily do the aforementioned, but you won’t be getting the most out of your Wi-Fi, or you may be missing out on some key features. Follow this list to make sure you have the strongest internet connection.

Package Plans – If you’re moving to a new home, it may seem like an easy way to save money to get a lesser internet package. But if you get a package with a low bandwidth, such as 10 Megabits per second downloading and 5 megabits per second uploading, you can run into some problems. A household of four, simultaneously using a lower bandwidth package will run into long loading times for websites, poor buffering speeds for YouTube and Netflix, and lag-filled online gaming. Opt for a high-speed package for bigger families. Even for a household of only 2, streaming video and playing online games require a lot of bandwidth.

Buying a Router – Depending on your house size, a specific router may be necessary. If you have a smaller home that has an open layout, buying a router that is $80 will have similar performance to a router that is $300 (due to the setup). If you have a lot of square footage or many levels in your house, you'll need a more advanced router that can spread the Wi-Fi signal throughout your home.

Positioning the Router – Don’t just plop your new wireless router by your modem and be done with it! Positioning your router is incredibly important. Make sure to put the router nearest to the rooms where you use Wi-Fi the most and don’t cover the router with furniture or obstruct it any way. It’s always better to put the router upstairs rather than a basement, as the Wi-Fi signal will “rain” downwards easier then penetrating upwards. Mounting the router on your main floor ceiling may be your best option. If you find that you aren’t getting a great signal in a certain room, try opening the door, or look into a Wi-Fi range adaptor that can plug in an outlet and boost your signal.

Security – Once you plug in the router and position it, go to an internet-enabled device and set up your various options. Feel free to name the router whatever you wish, but always turn on a password to keep your internet safe. While it may inconvenience some guests who want the Wi-Fi password, you don’t want neighbors and potential invaders to hack into or leech from your network. Pick a solid password (not just your last name or router name), and don’t forget to change it regularly.

Apps and Connectivity – With these new routers, you have many features you can enable on your devices via apps. Whenever you connect to your home Wi-Fi, you can set up features on your phone to disable your lock screen passcode, start uploading pictures to Dropbox, or other various tasks. You can download automation apps too. These can control anything from lights, temperature, and security in your home.

The world of Wi-Fi is an interesting one. Make the most out of it and do some research before purchasing an internet package or a wireless router. For new homeowners, great connectivity can be a huge plus. If you’re thinking about moving, it’s best to start with speaking to a qualified mortgage professional. For more information on financing a new home, please feel free to contact a member of our Housing Buzz Team.

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