Increasing your home bandwidth is something everyone is interested in doing. Many people call their internet service provider (ISP) and ask for their fastest available connection. This varies from 35 MB/sec to 1000 MB/sec. This is especially important today because almost everybody is working from home and our children are not in school or summer camp. So how can you improve you home internet connection? Before spending money on an aftermarket router or paying for higher bandwidth there are some steps you can take to check your internet speed.
Google provides the ability to check this connection. Simply type check my internet speed in Google’s search engine and click run speed test. This will take a few seconds and give you real time results for your upload and download connection speeds. Once you get these results, you should then verify them against the speeds guaranteed by your ISP contract. It is normal for your connection to be between 3 MB to 8 MB slower than you are paying for. Anything more than this and you should restart your router and try again. If you are getting the same results, contact your ISP and see if there is anything wrong on their end. If they are unable to verify the cause of this latency it may be the hardware. In which case you have some other options.
Get Your Money’s Worth
First, you can contact a different ISP and see if they can exceed your current connection for a similar price. Next, is make sure that you place your router in the center of your home or small office. This will ensure that you get equal coverage throughout. If your home or small office is too large for the entire area to be covered by one router, think about buying a WiFi extender or another router that can create a mesh network. Something else highly recommended, is purchasing an aftermarket router.
There are many advantages to this including higher bandwidth speeds, greater area coverage, increased security capabilities, and even cost savings. Many times, you are paying a monthly rental fee for using your ISP’s router. This can add about $8-$10 to your monthly bill, while using your own will be a one-time cost and you can bring it with you whenever you move or change providers. NETGEAR provides high quality, home routers that come with an app for monitoring and managing your home WiFi. Another perk to these aftermarket routers is features like connecting an external hard drive and using it for network accessible storage. This gives you similar features like housing your pictures on Apple’s or another third-party cloud, but with way more space for a onetime fee of buying the external hard drive.
To review, using an aftermarket router can give you increased internet speeds while saving you money and giving you options like shared storage through the internet. These routers cost more up front but eliminate the monthly rental fee associated with using your ISP’s router. These routers also give you greater coverage, extending your connection through your home. They are also much easier to monitor and manage as many come with software and applications to help you do this. Lastly, third-party routers give you better security capabilities through easier management platforms and access to simple monitoring software.