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Set up home wireless network: 10 common mistakes you should avoid

We all love our wireless connectivity, but setting up a new router can be tricky and frustrating. If you are going to set up a home wireless network, here are 10 traps to avoid.

Set up home wireless network - 10 mistakes

1. Wrong Router Location while setting up home wireless network

Keeping your router near an exterior wall will decrease the amount of space with the fastest connectivity, as well as risking having no connectivity at the far side of your home or workplace. Your Wi-Fi router will work the best when it is in the center of the space you where you need connectivity.

Another concern is your router must be placed somewhere that is far enough from your body. This is related to your health, please read this article for more information.

2. Not Reading Manuals

I know, it’s boring, but in the end, it can save you a lot of time and frustration. It will give you every detail you need to know about your router inside out. Not only will you be able to set up your router faster after taking the time to read about it, you will also be able to save the day by fixing it if it breaks.

3. Using Default Passwords

The thing about default passwords is; they are known by many people and very easy to forget, and if you lose the card that comes with your router, you could be living without Wi-Fi for some time. Plus if your Wi-Fi password card is lying around, you can end up with too many people connected, resulting in a sluggish connection. So, when you set up, change your password to something you will remember.

4. Misspelling Passwords

set up home wireless network: password

You have tried turning your router on and off again. You have tried leaving it unplugged. You have scoured the instruction manual for what else could possibly be wrong, only to feel more than a little silly when you realize you have misspelled the password. If your connection doesn’t work straight away once you have set it up, double checking how you spelled the password should be the first thing you do.

5. Plugging the Ethernet Cable into the Wrong Port

There are so many ports in the back of a router it can be easy to plug the wrong thing in the wrong place. But when you are plugging the Ethernet cable into the router, it can get damaged by being forced into the wrong port. Look out for the WAN port, and make sure to use it instead of the LAN port, as they look very similar. If you plug the cable into the LAN port, maybe your internet won’t work.

6. Set up home wireless network: Wrong working channel

set up home wireless network: interference

In wireless networking, there are problems called co-channel interference and adjacent channel interference. If there are two or more routers working on the same frequency (or wireless channel), the quality of the connection should be very slow. To set up a home wireless network properly, you should use an application to detect the existed wireless network. An application on Android CH Play called “Wifi Analyzer” may help this task. After revealing all the adjacent network, you should set up your router working on an unused channel.

7. Not Using Any Security 

It is important to make sure you keep your internet connection is password protected, especially since Wi-Fi allows neighbors and passers-by to use your Wi-Fi without you knowing. This will dramatically affect how fast your connection is and could decrease the lifespan of your router. This can be costly, so to keep your router working well, and for as long as possible, keep your Wi-Fi password protected.

8. Configuring Your Firewall Incorrectly

Firewalls protect your devices from viruses and can limit what you allow people to view online when using your router. This can be particularly important in a workplace or if you have kids. Your internet provider should have instructions on how to do this on their website, as this can be done differently for different routers.

9. Switch off 5GHz Band 

There should be the option to connect to the internet via a 2.4GHz band or 5GHz band. 5GHz band is a new standard and it has more wireless channel than the 2.4GHz band, and therefore carries far less congestion, allowing you to access faster connection. If your router supports 5GHz band, alway remember to turn it on.

10. Forget to Turn on Wi-Fi on Your Devices

After setting up a new router, you could end up with a situation that your laptop or mobile seem not connect to the new network. It is so frustrating that you forgot to turn on Wi-Fi at your devices. Enabling Wi-Fi is one of those simple things that can be too easy to forget.

Final words

Now you know all the common mistakes that we collect from many people. If you know any mistake that could help our audience, please comment bellow. Please share this post if you think it should help someone, thanks for reading.

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