Tips to Optimize Your Home Wi-Fi

There are a few things you can do to improve the speed and strength of your home Wi-Fi:

Modem and router tips

  • Try to put your modem close to where you need Wi-Fi most often.
  • Be sure your modem has some space around it and isn't in a closet or closed cabinet. It shouldn't be too close to walls (especially walls you share with neighbors). And try to keep it away from major appliances and your furnace.
  • Sometimes turning off and restarting your modem (rebooting) can reset and improve the Wi-Fi strength.

Device tips

  • Your Wi-Fi speed is shared by all the connected devices in your home. It can help your speed if you turn off Wi-Fi and go offline when a device isn’t being used.
  • If you have a speed issue on just one of your devices, try restarting that device. This closes all the apps and resets the Wi-Fi connection.
  • If a device gives you the choice to use 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz try both and decide which one works best.

Running a speed test can help you figure out if there is a speed issue or a Wi-Fi issue. Learn how to run a speed test here.

Use this chart to understand the signal strength for each of your devices:

  1. Excellent(> -50 dBm)
  2. Good(-50 to -60 dBm)
  3. Fair(-60 to -70 dBm)
  4. Weak(< -70 dBm)


Check out which of our modems have Wi-Fi capabilities here