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5 Tips to Improve Your Network Performance

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An efficient and reliable network is significant at the personal and professional levels. It helps boost your productivity, communication, and entertainment experience while saving you from frustrations tied to slow and unreliable internet. It’s a good thing you have different steps you can take to make your network perform optimally. Here are five tips to consider:

  1. Conduct a Network Audit

Conduct a thorough assessment of your network’s state before implementing any changes. A comprehensive audit will identify all areas that require improvement. Concentrate on the efficiency of your network’s hardware in the audit. While focusing on the firmware, you must also look at the software. If new features are released, patch them to leverage the enhancement. This will help with both performance and elevating security levels.

  1. Upgrade Your Router

If you have been using the same router for a long time and are no longer receiving security updates, or if it keeps disconnecting your newer devices from the network, consider upgrading or replacing it. Other signs to consider include the following:

  • It is slower than normal
  • Weak Wi-Fi signals
  • It is overheating
  • Frequent drops

When selecting a new router, look for the one with the newest Wi-Fi standards, like 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), which prevents lags and promotes better coverage. These modern devices also offer  MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) support. It enables multiple data streams and devices to be handled simultaneously without compromising reliability or speed. Look for useful resources that offer detailed information on single user vs mu-mimo. Learn more about how to identify and check MU-MIMO supported routers.

  1. Enable DNS Caching

With Domain Name System caching, you can lower the needed time to resolve domain names to IP addresses. By caching your DNS records on the router or any other network device, you also lower the latency linked to DNS lookups. You will notice a huge difference in your web browsing speed and in other network operations, such as streaming and playing online games. 

Most network devices allow DNS caching out of the box, but you may still need to do so manually. Depending on your device model, go to the router’s settings and follow the proper steps. For a better experience, consider using the best DNS resolver services like Cloudflare DNS and Google DNS for a more efficient DNS resolution.

  1. Optimize Your Wi-Fi Settings

Wi-Fi networks can face interference from electronic devices, other networks, and physical obstacles. For you to improve your Wi-Fi connection, start by selecting the right channel for your router. Use a Wi-Fi analyzer to identify areas with less network congestion and adjust your router accordingly.

Avoid placing it in areas with obstacles and instead aim for central locations to maximize signal strength and coverage. Secure your Wi-Fi network to prevent unauthorized access, which can slow down your network. Regularly update your Wi-Fi firmware to ensure compatibility with the latest devices and technologies.

  1. Implement Quality of Service (QoS)

QoS is an essential network management attribute that helps you decide which types of traffic will take priority. Implementing QoS setting on the router helps critical applications get sufficient bandwidth and priority entry into the network.

For instance, you can prioritize VoIP or video conferencing over other activities, such as streaming or file downloads, to make your communication smooth. What you need is to configure the settings depending on your desired usage patterns and the specific network requirements to optimize the performance of the important tasks.

Endnote

A network’s performance is essential for smooth online activities. You can make your connectivity fast and secure with the above five tips. Keep in mind that network performance requires ongoing monitoring and adjustment; regularly assess your network’s performance and make adjustments as needed.  

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