When it comes to Wi-Fi, it can be troublesome to gain some when you need it most. Poor service leads to sluggish speeds, which can severely halt your schedule. Fortunately, regaining top speed Internet isn’t a hassle at all. Here five ways to give your Wi-Fi a boost, and your life an upgrade.

The Perfect Spot

Much like old TV antennas, routers need to be placed in a certain spot to obtain maximum performance. Wired routers work best if they’re placed in a shelf. Wireless routers need to be away from everything to avoid any blockage. If you’re looking for a better signal, try placing the router on a higher level.

Learn To Adapt

Old routers can’t give you the same kind of quality found in newer products. This goes for laptops, too. If your laptop doesn’t have the latest wireless adapter installed, purchase one at various stores. Many of these adapters can go as high as 500 MB per second. Some great ones include the ASUS USB-AC68 and Alfa Long-Range Dual-Band AC1200.

Extend Your Reach

If you’re not getting enough with your router, it might be your overall location. In order to strengthen the signal, purchase a wireless range extender. These extenders rebroadcast your signal to help boost it. Some of the best extenders are the Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2200 and Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+.

Change The Channel

Routers use multiple channels in order to obtain service when surfing the web. If numerous routers are hooked onto the same channel, things can get slow in an instant. Switch to different channels until you find one that’s giving you top speed. That specific channel (or channels) can be saved to your device for future use.

Time To Update

On ocassion, you’ll need to update your router firmware. Failure to do so can lead to various issues with the network. Updating the firmware depends on what router you own. Some will simply have it updated for you on the system. Others may link you to a website to download an update.