Ensure your router is located in a central location near, but not on top of, your Internet modem. Ideally, ensure your router is:
- in an open area, when possible
- elevated from the floor, and away from glass or metal objects, mirrors and water sources that often block or deflect signal
- away from electronic wireless devices operating in the 2.4 GHz range, such as, wireless phones, microwaves and baby monitors
Wi-Fi bands are not created equal. The primary differences between the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies are range and bandwidth. 5GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance. 2.4GHz offers coverage for farther distances but may perform better at slower speeds.
So, which should you choose, 2.4GHz or 5GHz?
- If faster speeds are most important to you, 5GHz is usually a better choice than 2.4GHz.
- If the wireless range is more important to you, 2.4 GHz is usually a better choice than 5GHz.
- If you have a lot of devices that use 2.4GHz and you are experiencing interference or intermittent connectivity issues, then 5GHz is probably a better option.