Sunday, January 24, 2016

Maximize Your WiFi Network Performance

After reading a special interest magazine here in Denmark, I came across a very good tip on how to maximize your WiFi network performance that I wanted to share with you on this blog. It is certainly a highly effective tool, and was worthwhile in securing my wireless network, and I am quite sure you want to do the same with your network.

First, let's consider what WiFi-networks are. You need to consider your surroundings very carefully. In older days people had distance between them before you would actually encounter wireless networks. WiFi routers were expensive, and consequently not that many people had them in their homes.

Much has changed since then, and nowadays, almost everyone has their own fireless network. This stresses the channels to some extent with electronic noise, and the tool I used is called Acrylic WiFi scanner, which helped in detecting where there was more noise in what could be detected by my computer's network card.

You can download the program for free by clicking the title, and the professional version can be downloaded in a free trial mode. It can coexist on your desktop alongside the free version, and there are no ads involved. No nag screens etc, and if nothing whatsoever is wrong with your surroundings, you don't even need to test the professional version in trial mode anyway. Just worth knowing if you get a low grade for your network.

I did some testing, and achieved an increase from two to four stars in network security just by changing the WPS-setting. This service is only needed when you add a unit where you can't enter a code for your wireless network, yet makes your router more vulnerable since there is a PIN code involved with this. For the not so nerdy types that means someone could hack into your network when you're leaving this option open, so you really don't need it in your everyday network interactions.

Everything is intuitive in Acrylic WiFi Scanner, so everybody can use this. However, if there is anything you don't know about your specific brand of router - and unfortunately, they all have different menu systems - you can handle this if you read what is on your screen when you access the control panel on your router. You can find the login instructions either from your internet provider or in the manual that came with your router. If you have lost that manual, a new one can be downloaded when you search for the brand and model on Google - or Bing, if you prefer that search engine.

I was so happy to complete this maintenance task, and finalized by rebooting my router after making all the changes, and a few minutes later I was ready to write this article, so I could share my enthusiam with you, so you too can mazimize your WiFi network performance and security.

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