Slow, or even non-existent, Wi-Fi can be a pain and a hassle to deal with. If you are a business owner, freelancer or a general internet user, take comfort that others are sharing your pain when dealing with no service from their provider. Below are a few simple steps you can take to diagnose the problem, and ultimately, fix it.
How to Improve Your Centurylink Speed and Service
Diagnose the Problems
Is it the Wi-Fi router? Finding out this important piece of information is crucial. To find whether this is true, you can insert an ethernet cable from your computer directly into the modem. At this point, you can administer a Centurylink speed test (www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/internet-speed-test.html). After this is done, unplug it and try to connect once more to your Wi-Fi. If the test was slower while using the cable, it is probably the router, in which case the steps below would benefit you in increasing the speed of your Wi-Fi service and connection.
Place Your Router Somewhere Else
Radio waves are known to descend and travel downwards and laterally, so the most optimal position for the router is near the center of the top floor of the home or office. Make sure to avoid putting the router next to things that could interrupt the connection such as microwaves, opaque and obstructing kitchen cupboards, walls as well as aquariums. Make sure to relocate the router above the ground level and the antennas pointed at a 90-degree angle perpendicularly.
Change the Frequency and Channel
When purchasing the router, it is usually set to the channels 11, 6 or even 1. You can switch between these three separate channels and some may find that their signal improves. You may be asking, how would someone do this? you can reach the router’s page that contains the settings by typing the IP address into your browser, all the way at the top of the address bar. You are able to find the IP address via the operations manual of the router. At this point, you would be able to change the channel.
Update the Firmware of the Router or Network Adapter Driver
When using a router purchased directly from a store, you can update the router which will solve many connectivity issues. To do this, connect to your internet browser with a connection that is wired, open a browser, and then search “Firmware Update”. Make sure to write your router’s model and the name of the brand, you can find this information in the owner’s manual or on the internet very simply. To update the aforementioned driver, you can visit the settings page and insert the name of the adapter and you will be able to see whether there is an update which is available to be done.