In the wake of needing a faster Wi-Fi connection with speedy downloads, streaming, gaming and file transfers, you might be doing a lot to keep the wireless signal strength good and your Netgear router in a good condition. However despite all this you may face slow speed issues when you try to browse wirelessly, download music or videos from the Internet, play online/offline games, or transfer files between your devices among other things. Having understood that you want to speed up your Netgear router for better networking and a good Wi-Fi connection, we have compiled a few fixes and suggestions here. Check them out and resolve the slow speed issues with your Netgear router
Step 1: Re-position Your Netgear Router
If your Netgear router is placed far away from the devices connected to it over the Wi-Fi network, its Wi-Fi signals may not be reaching all of them eloquently. To deal with this problem, try to place your Netgear centrally (in the center of all devices) as much as possible (though it won’t be possible in many conditions like if you have a crowded house or office). Besides, point the antennas of your Netgear router upward for the better signal strength and also avoid connection drops. You must also make sure that your Netgear router is away from electrical interferences emitted by security alarms, Microwaves, fax machines, phones, and other such electrical appliances. Your Wi-Fi network may also get interrupted by other Wi-Fi networks in your neighborhood, causing it to go slow or completely down. To fix this problem, you should use a channel number which is not widely used in your neighboring area. You can use the channel number 5, 11, or other such strong channels suggested by Netgear in its Netgear router support manual.
Step 2: Upgrade Your Internet Connection
If you are using a cable Internet connection, you tend to face slow speed issues no matter if you have a brand new Netgear router with advanced features. You can ask your ISP to upgrade your Internet connection to ADSL to experience faster speeds whether over a Wi-Fi network or a wired one. ADSL connections are really faster than cable connections and hence offer faster speeds. For an ADSL connection, you might have to shell out more but it’ll be worth for a better experience.
Step 3: Set Up an Access Point
If you have more than one Netgear router or a third-party router, you can make it an access point and use it to speed up and cover for your primary Netgear router. Access points, also called base stations, help offer extended coverage with the help of a router. An access point helps a router subside its burden of delivering networking capabilities and Wi-Fi signals to all the devices in a house or office by working as a mobile tower. You can reposition an access point for maximum speed and outstanding capabilities. If you don’t have another router which you can convert in to an access point, buy one from the market.
Step 4: Upgrade Netgear Router Drivers
Since your Netgear router is a hardware device which is working with your computer or other devices, it is essential to update its driver software regularly and when the updates are available. Like your computer and other devices like gaming console, TV, Roku etc. need the latest updates and patches for better performance and long life, your Netgear router also needs updated driver software to work with them and work properly as a standalone device. You can update your Netgear router drivers either through Windows Update or Mac Software Updates (if you are using a Mac). You can also download the driver software directly from the Netgear website.
Step 5: Open Ports for Devices
You can login to your Netgear router’s web interface and open up ports for devices and people you would like to connect with your network. For example you want to connect your gaming console and want other users to join the network, you can simply open up ports for it for better connectivity and speed. You can also assign a static IP address instead of a dynamic one and the slow speed problem should be fixed.
Step 6: Change the MTU Byte Size
Open up your web browser and type <192.168.1.1> in its address bar. Hit Enter on the keyboard to proceed. When prompted, enter your router login username and password and click <OK>. Click <WAN Setup> in the left hand pane and then lower the MTU byte size by as much as 100 or 200. You can see the change in speed now. If the SPI Firewall is enabled, you can disable it for maximum throughput. When done, click the <Apply> button and then exit the router interface.
P.S. You may also think of downgrading the router encryption type from WPA to WEP. Though it may increase the throughput but it may also add to the security risks and issues.
After having applied all or any of these fixes, your Netgear router should offer excellent speed and performance. Should you continue facing speed lags, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.