Improving WiFi in your home

Configurare noua (How To)

Situatie

If you are having trouble at home with applications like Zoom (freezing frames, choppy audio/video), then this guide is for you.

Solutie

  • Cheapest and most effective: plug your computer into the modem with an ethernet cable.
    Alternative version of this solution: plug other devices into the router like your Apple TV, Roku, etc. The fewer devices using WiFi, the better!
  • Also cheap, may or may not be effective (or possible): Change your connection to your modem from 5GHz to 2.4GHz.
  • Sometimes easy, sometimes not: Move your modem to a more central location with the least amount of obstructions between it and those using it.
    Note: don’t place your computer too close to your WiFi modem, distances less than 1 meter are too close.
  • Somewhat expensive, but effective: Add a mesh network to your home.

Notes on bandwidth needs of various activities:

  • Zoom (Full system requirements):
    • for person to person: 600kbps (up/down) minimum, 1.8 Mbps (up/down) for best quality.
    • for group calls: 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) minimum, 3.0 Mbps (up/down) for best quality.
  • Netflix (FYI for consideration in troubleshooting):
    • 0.5 Mbps minimum, 25 Mbps for ultra HD quality.

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