Boost your Wi-Fi for the Christmas onslaught
Christmas means new phones, tablets and games consoles. It means lots of streaming and Skyping. Is your Wi-Fi ready for the toughest time of year?
17 Oct 2018
Picture the scene. It’s Christmas Day. Dad’s streaming Blue Planet on his new iPad. Mum is Skyping her best friends on her new smartphone. The kids are playing their new video games online, while the teenagers browse the internet on their new laptops.
Meanwhile, in the corner, your Wi-Fi router is whirring away, close to breaking point.
It needn’t be like this. All you need to avoid a Christmas connectivity disaster is to invest in some effective Wi-Fi boosting tech. We’ve narrowed down the options for you, so you can enjoy a well-connected Merry Christmas.
Upgrade your router
Have you ever looked for your router’s IEEE number? It’s usually included somewhere on the box. Why do we ask? Because there are letters at the end of this number that tell you what type of router you’ve got.
And, if you’ve got a type ‘N’ router, you may want to think about upgrading to a newer ‘AC’ model.
Choosing an AC model with Beamforming and MIMO technology will not only improve Wi-Fi speed but the range it covers too.
But take care to pick the right type of router for your network – a cable router works with all VirginMedia packages plus Fibre Broadband packages from BT, PlusNet, TalkTalk and EE.
Thinking about shopping for a new AC router? Try the Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000
Got a standard, non-fibre package? Choose a Modem Router like the Netgear Nighthawk D7000
Opt for a router with 2 USB ports. Then you can connect a printer for everyone to share and an external hard drive for storage and Christmas photo sharing.
Banish Wi-Fi dead spots
Does your Wi-Fi signal diminish – or totally disappear – in certain parts of your home? Well, these annoying dead spots can be banished thanks to whole home Wi-Fi, which blankets your home in fast and reliable connectivity.
How? Simply plug these handy hubs into rooms where you have weak or no Wi-Fi signal and they’ll connect to your network to spread the signal seamlessly across your home.
Check out the BT Whole Home Wi-Fi system or Google’s Wi-Fi whole home system
Spread your signal with a Powerline adapter
Don’t you just hate it when your Wi-Fi signals can’t get through thick walls? Or when they don’t quite reach the other side of your home?
If you’re feeling forever let down by your connection, Powerlines offer a cost-effective solution. They can help you achieve high-quality connectivity without having to use in-wall ethernet cables.
A Powerline kit turns any plug socket in your home into an internet access point. What’s more, it’s super easy to set up. The kit comes with two adapters – one plugs in next to your router while the other goes in a mains socket in the room where you need flawless Wi-Fi.
Then – using an ethernet cable – you can connect your router (or other devices) to the adapters and wire internet through your whole house.
It may sound old school but it’s ideal for connecting devices you hardly ever move – like smart TVs, desktop PCs or games consoles.They’re perfect for avid online gamers or those with a home office who need reliable internet.
Need to run multiple devices at the same time? Just plug in more adapters in other rooms.
Or the TP-Link WPA4220 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter kit. These powerline adapters even come with built-in Wi-Fi, meaning they create a new Wi-Fi hotspot for you.
Give your Wi-Fi a boost
One of the easiest ways to overcome yourWi-Fi woes is to install an AC Wi-Fi booster.
This extends the range of your existing Wi-Fi further simply by pluggingit into aspare mains socket. It also has a dual band extender allowing you to select the frequency you use depending on how far you need the signal to stretch. So, whether you can want to stream Spotify in the study or watch Netflix in bed you’ll never lose connection.