Does it happen to you often that when you take your laptop or tablet into a room or area of your home, you notice how the Wi-Fi bars drop significantly?
That is one of the most common problems today, and it has such simple solutions that you’d be surprised.
Moving the router or making some minor changes are some simple ways to boost your Wi-Fi connection, and we indicate it here in these 6 tips.
Check them out, apply them and tell us how it went.
1 – Move the router
Surely when you installed the router, you simply reached for some free plug rather than thinking that this little device emits a signal that must be distributed as evenly as possible, hopefully to cover all the home area. Then that’s the error. Try to improve that, by placing it in a central area of the house.
Read more →
In computing, the localhost is the computer against which you are sitting. Literally it means "this computer". The IP 127.0.0.1 refers to the localhost, as a host is any computer or server, so the local host is the one you are using. 127.0.0.1 is the address that points to your PC, from your PC, and is called the Loopback IP address. Loopback refers to data flow routing.
It is a mechanism that the host uses to access its own network services, regardless of network configuration. The loopback can be useful for many things, such as accessing a web service that is installed on the machine itself, by just using the address 127.0.0.1 that points to the same computer.
We can say that IP address 127.0.0.1 is your house, directing your home from home, if that makes any sense.
Read more →
In this article by the wirelessrouterhome team, we want to give advice that may prove very useful to you. This article has some small pieces of advice to improve the security and quality of our WiFi network and to accurately configure our router. For this article we’ve used as a reference the Asus RT-AC66U router on a computer with the Windows 7 Professional 32-bit operating system. Before we begin, we should note that the IP addresses and passwords used here are just as generic as they may be false. We mention this to avoid any possible suspicions. Let’s begin.
The first step is to access our router. In our case we’ll open a web browser and put 192.168.0.0 (a totally generic URL) in the address bar. Once we’ve done that, it’ll ask us for a username and password, which in this case is "ADMIN" for both fields. If we don’t know the IP address, we’ll do the following: we’ll go to the home screen and write CMD. Once a terminal window has opened we write "ipconfig" in lowercase and without quotes. Once it’s done loading all the information we should look at where it says “Default Gateway” there to the side is where our IP address for entrance to the router is. Once we put the aforementioned username and password we’ll access the configuration menu of our router ASUS RT-AC66U.
Once we’ve accessed our router the first thing to do is change the username and password. To do this, go to "Administration" and then "System," where it shows clearly where to change both.
The next step is to change the SSID. This is the name of our network that we see when looking for Wi-Fi on a Wireless device (a smartphone, for example). Generally, manufacturers give the network a generic name, which is usually the model of the router. To change it, go to "General" tab of the "Wireless" section, which lists the SSID as ASUS (a generic name). Replace it with the name you want to give your network. In our case, we’ve used our own name, "wirelessrouterhome."
Read more →
D-Link led the Wi-Fi AC router market AC in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report about Wi-Fi equipment by the renowned organization ABI Research. This study shows that D-Link controlled 12.7% of the global market during the third quarter of 2013.
We should note that this study covers the market of Wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sold to consumers and businesses. This market reached 139.1 million units sold in 2013.
It’s important to note that Wireless N devices still occupy the largest market share of Wi-Fi devices sold last year, although analysts at ABI Research predict that the number will gradually decrease in favor of AC Wireless devices.
Read more →
The new 802.11ac WiFi standard aims to give greater speed to your wireless network. Here is how it works and what are its advantages, and some compatible devices and, of course, if it really delivers what it promises.
The WLAN standards regulate the speed and type of data transmission by radio waves. Currently, the standard n (802.11n) is the most common, with speeds ranging from 150 to 600 Mbps. The new technology ac (802.11ac) increases the theoretical speed to 1300 Mbps.
However, the speed attainable in practice is significantly less.
What other advantages offers this standard?
The components used in the standard ac consume less power, which is good for battery-operated devices such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
Read more →
D-Link has released a new Wi-Fi N access point geared specifically for outdoor use. The new model is known as D-Link DAP-3310 and its main feature is its particular performance/cost ratio and multiple configuration modes.
This new access point features a 10dBi high-gain antenna with Wi-Fi N and incorporates a second antenna (although we do not know its gain) to achieve speeds of up to 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. Thanks to this high-gain antenna, it can get long-distance connections with good signal quality. It is also compatible with the 802.11b/g standard.
Read more →
We always use Iperf or JPerf for our tests, as this tool offers many configuration options, is totally free and available for any operative system. Today we will present you Tamosoft Throughput Test, a similar tool capable of configuring a QoS from the client’s perspective.
This program is also free, but it’s only available for Windows and compatible with the following versions of Microsoft’s OS:
- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8: 32 and 64 bits
- Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012: 32 and 64 bits
The tool is only 4MB; once you install it, you’ll see the menu for the client and the server. It’s very intuitive, as soon as you press START in the server menu, you’ll be asked for an IP of the client. Then simply input the IP (and the port, if you changed the default one).
This is show the GUI looks like:
The most interesting feature about this program is that it allows you to classify the traffic through a QoS in the Client menu. You can choose between “Best Effort” or, for example, preset configurations for audio and video streaming. Here you can watch one of our tests, done in a virtual machine (which explains the high speeds):
The list of QoS modes is as follows:
- Best Effort
- Excellent Effort
- Audio / Video
Clicking on the QoS tab we will get a dropdown with these options:
It’s essential to keep our wireless network protected and secure, because intruders can do more than just stealing our bandwidth and impacting the speed of our connection; actually, your personal data, documents and other important and private stuff can be compromised, not to mention illegal uses of your IP address.
Here we will show you five essential tips to increase the level of security of your Wi-Fi router and avoid unauthorized access, which is vital for your wireless security of your home and/of workplace connection. For this article, we used a D-Link router, so you might want to check your user manual if you have a router from a different manufacturer.
Change your username and password regularly
The first security measure is probably the most obvious one, but many users still overlook how important changing the default name and password of their network is. Anyone with access to your network and a few Google searches can find the data and access your router’s control panel.
Read more →
Wi-Fi connections let us enjoy of a wireless internet connection from anywhere in our homes, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for entertainment, but also security and performance.
Sadly, more than one has had an experience with Wi-Fi connections that’s not as good as we’d expect. For example, even if you have a good internet service, you can still experience slow connections, lag, and even have dead zones inside the house, where the signal simply won’t reach.
What can we do when this happens? There is not a single solution for this, since the reasons for a bad Wi-Fi connection can greatly vary. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you know your Wi-Fi connection better, so you know how to improve its performance.
Read more →