|14 steps to boost wifi speed on laptop|
(14 Steps) on How to Boost WiFi Signal on Laptop Windows 10, 8, 7
Time needed: 7 minutes.
Follow these 14 steps to learn how to boost WiFi signal in windows 10, 8, and 7:
- Control Bandwidth-Hungry Applications and Clients
- Use the Latest WiFi Technologies
- Don’t Forget to Reboot
- Don’t stuff your router in a cupboard
- Consider a wifi mesh system
- Turn an old router into an access point
- Keep Your Router Updated
- Buy a WiFi Repeater
- Switch to a Different WiFi Channel
- Install third-party firmware
- Get a Stronger Antenna
- Cut Off WiFi Leeches
- Buy a wifi adapter for your older laptop
- Increase your wifi range with DIY tricks
Keep reading to learn how to execute each step in detail.
1.) Control Bandwidth-Hungry Applications and Clients
Sometimes it takes only one or two applications or clients to turn your Flash-like download and upload speed into a tortoise-like download/upload speed. But there is a secret which not a lot of users know and that is to prioritize certain applications which means giving them more importance by separating a specific amount of download/upload speeds. It is called QoS (Quality of Service). To learn how to set up QoS on your Tp-link, Netgear Nighthawk or DD-WRT router watch these videos.
2.) Use the Latest WiFi Technologies
They are still 802.11n and 802.11g routers sold in the market which are outdated technology. The latest router technology is an 802.11ac router.
It uses a 5GHz frequency network which provides faster data rates at a shorter distance compared to older ones.
It is fast and reliable software. It also comes in a tri-band router which makes quick decisions on how devices connect and gives them optimum downloading/uploading speeds.
3.) Don’t Forget to Reboot
The most underrated way to increase wifi speed on a laptop is to switch it off and turn it on.
Simply switching it off and turning it on the back increases your wifi’s memory as it clears the router’s memory and allows updates to install.
4.) Don’t stuff your router in a cupboard
Surely routers don’t have that stylish looks compared to other electronic gadgets so it looks odd when you keep around beautiful things in your house.
Ideally to get maximum speed from your router place it in the central location of your house and at a greater height.
Because routers transmit electromagnetic waves that lose their energy when it travels through any walls or an obstruction.
5.) Consider a wifi mesh system
According to Linksys, a mesh wifi network is, “Mesh WiFi or Whole Home WiFi systems consists of the main router that connects directly to your modem, and a series of satellite modules, or nodes, placed around your house for full WiFi coverage. They are all part of a single wireless network and share the same SSID and password, unlike traditional WiFi routers”.
The benefits of using a wifi mesh system are it increases wifi range and no point of failure whereas con of using it is expensive.
To learn how to setup up the TP-Link wifi mesh system watch this video.
6.) Turn an old router into an access point
If you are planning to buy a new router and throw the old one then DO NOT throw it.
Because you can convert the old router into a dumb access point. This means you can convert it into a wifi extender by using DD-WRT or OpenWRT to increase the wifi range.
Here is a video on how to do that using DD-WRT:
7.) Keep Your Router Updated
In recent years there has been an increase in cyber attacks all around the globe which costs millions if not billions to various businesses and government organizations.
How To Download Facebook Videos Without Any Special Software?
Once malware enters a router it can steal the wifi bandwidth and also spread across the devices connected to the wifi.
But these can be stopped by keeping your wifi router updated as it removes any unwanted malware.
To learn how to update a wifi router watch these videos:
8.) Buy a WiFi Repeater
A wifi repeater is a simple device that takes a wifi signal, amplifies it, and transmits it back again.
It is a great alternative to increase wifi speed on a laptop compared to the wifi mesh system as it costs less. You can buy it on Amazon.
For installation watch these videos:
9.) Switch to a Different WiFi Channel
Obviously, if you are reading these it means you are a human and most probably live with other human beings who use WiFi.
So it is very common that the access point of your router is interfering with that of your neighbor’s WiFi.
You can browse through different channels (specifically 1 to 11) and choose a channel and run a Speedtest to find out which is the faster one.
Here is a video on how to change access points in a router.
10.) Install third-party firmware
This method requires you to hack your router and install third-party firmware.
Benefits of using third-party firmware are performance, stability, security, and extensibility ( provides capabilities found only in high-end devices ) which in return helps to increase wifi speed on the laptop.
Use third-party firmware like DD-WRT and OpenWrt.
To learn how to install dd-wrt firmware on your router watch these videos:
11.) Get a Stronger Antenna
You may have noticed that most of the routers have a shorter-length antenna to them.
So the range is proportional to the height of the antenna. Almost all the routers use the same RP-SMA connector which you can buy from Amazon to improve the wifi signal.
Here is a video on how to change the antenna of a router.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/JsGrtjIv4wo?feature=player_embedded In case you want a directional antenna to watch these amazing videos.
12.) Cut Off WiFi Leeches
WiFi leeching is a phenomenon in which other user hacks into your WiFi due to poor router security methods such as WEP.
To counter this problem make sure that you have a very strong password.
In case there are a lot of guests in the house and if all of them want to use your wifi then create a separate guest network and you can limit its bandwidth and secure it with a strong password.
To create a separate guest network watch this video:
13.) Buy a wifi adapter for your older laptop
Another method for how to increase wifi speed on laptop Windows 10 is by buying Wifi adapters are a great alternative to a regular router as they are small and takes less space.
All you have to do is just plug them into your laptop’s USB port and with a few clicks and it is up and running. And experience super increased wifi speed on the laptop.
You can get one from Amazon.
14.) Increase your wifi range with DIY tricks
DIY tricks are the methods through which you can increase the wifi’s range without having to pay any extra dime and only using your household items.
Though the results may not be exceptional but better than the current situations.
Here is a list of few DIY tricks to increase your wifi range:
a.) Extend your WIFI with a Beer Can
b.)How To Increase WiFi Speed 10X With Just A Small Trick
How to boost wifi speed using cmd?
1.) Method 1: Speed up the internet by resetting DNS check
Run CMD with administrator and type “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit enter.
2.) Method 2
Run CMD with administrator and type the following commands.
“Netsh int tcp show global” and hit enter.
“Netsh int tcp set chimney=enabled” and hit enter.
“Netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal” and hit enter.
“Netsh int set global congestionprovider=ctcp” and hit enter.
3.) Method 3: Optimize your PC’s bandwidth
Press “Start+R” and type “gpedit.msc” and press enter.
Go to “Administrative Templates“–> “network”.
Go to “QoS packet scheduler” –> “limit reservable bandwidth”.
Enable and mark zero.
4.) Method 4: Reset Windows Network Socket.
Open CMD with administrator rights.
Type “netsh winsock reset” and press enter.
31 Awesome CMD Tricks and Hacks You Never Heard Before
These 14 tips, as well as CMD tips, cover almost every method through which you can learn how to increase wifi speed on a laptop. Do get ready to get surprised as some methods might increase your wifi speed by a significant amount.
Comment down your favorite tip/s which worked for you.
For further reading check out How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home.
Hi there. My name is Saish K and I am the owner of this blog.