Madrid (Portaltic / EP) .- Good WiFi connection in homes has become essential. Teleworking, distance education, and the use of digital content platforms have made the Internet a fundamental commodity as an important part of entertainment, and it is important that we optimize our in-home connection to make the most of it.
Various studies conducted last year highlight the dramatic increase in home data consumption. In April 2020, after the start of imprisonment in Spain, Telefnica revealed that the growth of Internet traffic was equal to the full growth of the previous year.
On the other hand, a recent study by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) reflects that by 2020, the number of Internet users had increased by one million to a total of 32.8 million. The same report explains that 93.2 per cent of people between the ages of 16 and 74 used the network in the last three months of 2020, an increase of 2.5 per cent over the same period last year.
As evidenced by the fact that 50% of the world’s Internet traffic is via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi is the preferred connection method for users. Looking at this data, it is clear that a fast and quality WiFi connection is essential in any home today. In this case, the experts of the company Davolo (www.devolo.es) offer several tips to make the most of it.
Obviously, the first step to a good WiFi connection is the user-appointed internet connection, and it is important to look at different aspects when choosing the type of line and operator.
Initially, experts recommend checking to see if there is coverage at home to install fiber optics, as this technology is usually much faster than ADSL.
Additionally, fiber optics typically offer symmetry speeds – an upload speed equivalent to download speeds – which is a major advantage over ADSL. The next thing is to look at the speed in megabytes (MB) and rent a plan that is suitable for the usage you are going to provide. For example, to view streaming content in high definition or to download large files, it is a good idea to choose the highest possible speed.
The router is an important component
For many users, the problem is often the size of the ‘router’. This can be easily detected if the WiFi is too slow or the connection is constantly lost. When this happens, it is important to check where the ‘router’ is because it is too far away at an angle, behind some furniture or object or even in the basement or attic. To avoid these problems, it is best to place it in the center and lower part of the house (for example, on a table).
It should also be avoided that the ‘router’ blocks other objects in or around it. If the ‘router’ has antennas, they can be oriented at different angles to improve reception. Finally, experts explain that if the router is old, it is best to replace it with the following criteria.
The new model must support Wi-Fi 5 standard (Wi-Fi AC), which is faster than the previous version (Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi N). Another factor to consider is the band: 5GHz is a good choice, as 2.4GHz is overloaded in many urban areas. However, it should be taken into account if home appliances – ‘smartphones’, laptops or tablets are compatible with the WiFi 5 standard, otherwise they will not work on these receivers.
Solutions to Overcoming Obstacles
Many homes have barriers, such as walls, ceilings, or partitions between different rooms that interfere with the connection between the ‘router’ and Wi-Fi receivers (‘smartphones’, ‘tablets’, laptops, etc.). The problem with these interruptions is that the signal slows down and the connection slows down and is of poor quality and completely lost. It is best to use a WiFi repeater to fix this at short distances.
However, in the case of larger homes or longer distances, it is not advisable to use repeaters with other solutions that are more efficient, such as powerline adapters. The key to these devices is that they use the home’s own electrical circuit as a long data cable. In this way, barriers such as walls and ceilings disappear. “Also, its installation is very simple, just plug in the adapter, wait and go”, explain the experts.