How to Make Your Wireless Internet Faster

By Techwalla Contributor

Wireless networking simplifies connecting to the Internet with a variety of devices. Desktops, laptops, tablets, e-book readers and smart phones take advantage of Wi-Fi networks to connect to the Internet for various services. Diagnosing the problem on a wired network is not difficult. Wireless networks by their nature are harder to diagnose and improve. Several methods exist of improving you wireless network reception and speed.

Step 1

Move the router away from devices that may interfere with the signal. This may include microwaves, cordless phones, baby monitors and other devices that use radio waves in the same frequency range as your Wi-Fi network. Place the router in a central location to evenly distribute the wireless network throughout the house.

Step 2

Change the channel used by the router. Wireless networks operate on a series of channels that are numbered 1 to 11. Since most router's use similar channels, consult your router's manual to change it to a different channel.

Step 3

Purchase a high gain antenna for your router. Many manufacturers have developed kits for their routers. High gain antennas increase the range of your wireless router.

Step 4

Purchase a repeater for your router. Repeaters pick up and amplify the signal on a wireless network. If there is a lot of interference from devices or thick walls, position the repeater close to the point where reception drops off to amplify the network.