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Why WiFi slow? Simple Steps for Seniors to Speed up Wi-Fi

Staying connected is more important than ever, especially for seniors who rely on technology to stay in touch with loved ones, manage finances, or explore new hobbies. But a weak Wi-Fi signal can be frustrating, interrupting video calls, buffering videos, and slowing down internet browsing.

At ANVCS.org, we understand the importance of a strong internet connection. That's why we've put together this guide with easy-to-follow tips to improve your Wi-Fi signal.

Why WiFi Slow? Simple Steps for Seniors to Speed up Wi-Fi:

  • The best place for WiFi router in your house: Your Wi-Fi router acts like a radio transmitter. Place it centrally in your home, on a high shelf away from walls, fish tanks, and other electronics that can interfere with the signal.

  • Restart router for better WiFi: Just like any electronic device, restarting your router occasionally can clear up temporary glitches and improve performance. Aim to reboot your router once a week or when you experience slowdowns. The easiest way to restart is to unplug your router, wait 1 minute, then plug back in.

  • How many Devices can connect to your WiFi router: Too many devices connected to your Wi-Fi can slow things down. Disconnect unused devices or consider creating a guest network for visitors to limit their impact on your main network.

  • What can interfere with WiFi? Certain appliances like cordless phones or microwave ovens can interfere with Wi-Fi signals. Try turning them off when experiencing slowdowns to see if they're the culprit.

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Best placement for WiFi router [source: https://www.roku.com/blog/8-tips-improve-wireless-connection]

Bonus Tip: Consider a Wi-Fi mesh system if your home has dead zones where the signal is weak or slow. Mesh systems automatically optimize your signal to create the best experience.

Remember: If you ever get stuck or have questions about your specific router settings, don't hesitate to reach out to your internet service provider (ISP) for assistance or check out our class on basic WiFi by clicking here.

AnewVista Community Services: We're here to help seniors navigate the ever-changing world of technology. Feel free to contact us for further assistance or information on our senior-focused technology workshops at www.anvcs.org

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