HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Internet speeds have improved across the country, but your Internet may be too slow for a simple video call. If this happens to you suddenly, it may be because of what someone received for Christmas.
If you’re suddenly having trouble streaming Netflix or video games stop loading, it could be your new doorbell, smart TV, or even an Alexa device causing the problem. Each device that connects to your WiFi router consumes some bandwidth. It might not be much, but the cumulative total of devices can lower your speed. And if that’s not fast enough, to begin with, you’ll see dropped calls and connection issues.
One solution is to upgrade your router. If you are using the same router as a few years ago, it needs to be updated. WiFi 6 is the newest and fastest router in the market which can provide enough bandwidth for multiple devices. But before you run out of buying one, they are expensive, there are a few things to try
First, unplug the router you have for 10 seconds and plug it back in. This will load updates. You should do this every few months anyway. Consider a mesh Wi-Fi router. These are placed throughout the home to spread the WiFi signal to hard-to-reach spaces away from the main router. These Wi-Fi extenders can help you. Make sure to place them halfway between the main router and the room with the connection problem. Putting the extender in the room will not help. It should be close enough to the router for a good connection.
Your main router should be placed in the center of the house. The installer may have placed it in the location that suits him best.
If computers and phones are connecting to WiFi and you suddenly experience TV streaming issues. Disconnect those small devices from Wi-Fi and run them off of cell service. If most people are spending more time at home, you’ll have wireless data to spare. 3 or 4 phones streaming YouTube or Netflix will slow down the WiFi connection for everyone.
Smart TVs. Rokus, Amazon Firesticks, and online video games consume a lot of bandwidth. If you are using a streaming device, turn it off when you turn off the TV. If they’re streaming something on Netflix or another streaming service, they’ll stay connected even after turning off the TV. You may notice a difference. If you try all of these things and still have connection issues, check with your provider to make sure you’re getting the speed you’re paying for. If you try these things and still have problems, it’s probably time to upgrade your router.
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