Since there are so many people in the house relying on the internet, a weak or spotty signal is not an option. I am slightly tech challenged but I do know how to research. Here are some ways I found to ensure you have great service for school, home and work.
Start by making sure you have the right internet package. None of these other tools I have here are going to help if the problem is slow internet speed. Use tools like Fast.com or Speedtest to check your internet connection speed. 50-100 mbps is a pretty good speed for up to 5 devices. But, if there are going to be a few devices doing video calls at once you may want to upgrade to 200mbps.
Once you know you have the right service, there are a few different options to boosting the internet coverage in your house. It just depends on how much more coverage you need.
The simplest option is to plug your device into the router with an Ethernet cable. This is great if you have the router close to your ideal classroom setup or you have a long Ethernet cable. This is a one device solution but might be just what you need.
We’re happy with the speed and strength of internet, but there are some rooms in the house where the signal is weak. We contacted our provider and for small fee ($9.99 a month) can have the Whole Home Wi-fi added to our current service package. This would boost the signal overall in the house on all our devices.
Another cheaper, but effective, option for smaller dead zones is a plug in WiFi range extender. This little gadget plugs into an outlet in the area of the house where you are experiencing WiFi coverage issues. Some internet companies offer these range extenders as well for an additional fee.
If your problem is more like a several rooms or even a whole floor with spotty coverage, a mesh network is the way to go. It requires a new router and usually comes with a couple satellites but it will basically cover your whole home.
Look over your current set up and see which of these options would work best for you. Taking steps to insure a strong, reliable signal will ease unnecessary stress for everyone.
Access to reliable internet is essential for our children. Many internet providers are offering affordable options and help for low income families. If you or someone you know is having difficulties finding affordable internet, please contact your local school districts or community resources office for help.
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