WI-Fi could be a great medium to get any device connected to the Internet, but sometimes this mode of connection could be a real pain in the neck.
But thanks to the latest technical improvements in router technologies and network management software, connecting to WI-Fi connections have become much easier when compared to the way it used to be in the past.
However, this doesn’t mean there are no issues as one gets to experience the occasional setbacks of a WI-Fi system which includes dropped connections, poor signal quality, slow speeds and limited public hotspots.
If you’re tired of experiencing these setbacks and crave for a change, here are three great programs you can always use resolved your wireless connection issues and make your life lot easier.
If you’re paying for so much bandwidth and still experiencing slow connection speeds or dropped connections, then your problem is your broadband connection.
It’s more likely you’re experiencing such difficulties because everyone around you with a router is uses the same WI-Fi channel which causes interference.
You can easily use a ViStumbler to fix all that. Once the program has been installed, start it and click the Scan APs button. It will immediately show you a list of the closest WI-Fi routers within your area.
Though this app is associated with some annoying sound effects, you can easily stop it once it has been able to list 20 routers within your area by hitting the stop button.
From the list of WI-Fi routers you’ve got, you can source for other information like the encryption type, name and signal strength of the routers and many more. However, the most important information required is the “Channel”. Just locate your router on the list to see the channel you’re on. If you are actually connected, it should be close to the top of the list.
Once you find it, compare with other routers on the list to see the number of routers sharing your channel. Change to a different channel if you discover there are so many routers in your channel.
The best channels to switch to are, channels 1, 6 and 11 because they never overlap with each other. Switching to a different channel means you will have to provide the login details of your router to finally make the switch.
Most times the speed of our WI-Fi connections are grossly affected by the performance of the ISPs who claim to provide broadband speed but fail to meet up with their claims.
The easiest way to really test the speed of any connection is to use the Speedtest.net by Ookla. Ookla is a website that can instantly check out the speed of your internet once you click on the Begin to Test button on the home page.
When you test your WI-Fi and broadband speeds, it helps you discover if the issues you have with any video streaming site has to do with your internet connection or the site itself.
And just in case, you’re curious, it also gives you a better idea of the different speed of your internet connections at different intervals during the day.
Sometimes you might find yourself in a hotel with a WI-Fi system that’s off-limits for its occupants or might be in a location where the rule only allows you to connect one of your devices – the laptop, iPad or phone to the internet.
Whatever the reasons, there are several apps available online that can convert your laptop to a WI-Fi hotspot so you can easily share with other devices.
One of such apps is the MyPublicWiFi app – a free desktop software program that’s quite easy to use. However, this program will require you to right click its shortcut image and select the “Run as administrator” option.
Not all windows users might be quite comfortable with that method. Another drawback is that it has a very weak default password you’ll have to change to something harder if you really mind sharing your PC files with total strangers.
There you have it 3 easy tools to troubleshoot your connection. If you get stuck or don’t have the time and energy to fiddle with wifi settings just to get connected, its a good idea to leave it to a professionals, find a local network installation company in your area and ask for a consultation, they can quickly find the problems and come up with the right solutions.