Boost your Wi-Fi for the Christmas onslaught
Your home Wi-Fi network takes some hammering at Christmas – boost it to make sure it’s up to the job.
If the possibility of extra strain on your Wi-Fi over Christmas fills you with dread, then now’s the time to get your home network sorted.
Then you, the kids, and your guests can play those new PS4 and Xbox One games, wish Auntie Jean and Uncle Peter in New Zealand Happy Christmas on Skype, or stream that action film in 4K on your new Blu-Ray player – all at the same time.
Upgrade your router
You may have been given a free router from your broadband provider but is it up to the job for the Xmas onslaught. If your router isn’t an AC speed-router then your new shiny Xmas present like an iPhone 6 will experience slow WiFi, upgrade to a faster AC-router which has Beamforming and even MIMO technology, which improves the WiFi speed and range.
Take care that you choose the right type of Router – A cable router will work with all Virgin Media packages as well as with the latest “Fibre Broadband” from all leading service providers like BT, PlusNet, TalkTalk and EE. If you are on a standard package (non-fibre) then choose a Modem Router. The Netgear Nighthawk R8000 is best for Cable & Fibre broadband (via phone line) and the Netgear D7000 is best for Standard broadband via a phone line.
Top tip for a router
Look for 2 USB ports so you can connect a printer for everyone to share and even an external Hard drive more storage and sharing Xmas photos.
Use Powerline adapters to make your home Internet & Wi-Fi more powerful
When it comes to internet and Wi-Fi, your own walls used to be your enemy. Not anymore with a Powerline.
How does it work?
A Powerline kit turns any plug socket in your home into an internet access point. A kit is very easy to set up. It usually has 2 adapters, one which you plug into a plug socket near your router and the other into a plug socket in any other room of the house where you need internet. If you have a Wi-Fi blackspot or have weak Wi-Fi signal. Some powerline adapters even come with Wi-Fi – which creates a new Wi-Fi hotspot in the room of your choice.
If you’re running many devices at the same time which need a high speed connection then you can always plug in more adapters in other rooms for an even more powerful performance.
Create stable internet for your Smart TV or game console
You can also use a Powerline adapter with a wire. This may sound old school but it’s great for connecting up devices which stay in the same place such as a Smart TV, desktop PC or games consoles.
Why? Well, you’ll create a super-robust internet connection. The best for an avid online gamer or those with a home office that need reliable internet to make sure they don’t miss out on important emails.
How does it work?
Just plug in a Powerline adapter into a mains socket close to your device and connect it up using an Ethernet cable.
Then you’re less likely to drop signal during a high-octane helicopter chase while watching your 4K film or as Auntie Jean on Skype is about to run through what they’re having for Christmas dinner. Though you may wish you didn’t have a Powerline if that happens.
Cut through thick walls or a big house
If you live in a large house, your walls are quite thick or you like being on your laptop in the conservatory (your garden could be a bit chilly at this time of year) then you might want to consider an AC Wi-Fi booster.
Wi-Fi boosters are good to boost the existing Wi-Fi far afield.
How does it work?
Easy to set up with no extra software, a Wi-Fi booster extends the range of your existing routers Wi-Fi.
They can give you super-fast connections across your home and enjoy Wi-Fi in places you never had Wi-Fi before.
Check out the NETGEAR EX6150-100UKS WiFi Range Extender AC 1200