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It can get frustrating getting your work done when internet speed starts to lag. (Rawpixel pic)

Many Malaysians are still finding themselves either working from home or attending classes online due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has resulted in the conditional movement control order.

It’s natural then to get frustrated by a slow home WiFi connection that either stalls your office work or affects connectivity during virtual classes.

Before you blow your top, why not check out the three possible reasons why this is happening.

1. Location of router

The placement of the router is important to ensure it carries a better signal over a wider area.

You might not have given enough thought to where your router is installed. It can cause problems if it is plugged into just any available socket and placed on a shelf or the floor.

If you place your router upstairs and try to browse on a device on the first floor of your home, your WiFi signal will be weaker as it must travel vertically through the walls and floors.

So hunt for a better spot where your router can carry a better signal over a wider area.

2. Old cables

Old cables can affect the functioning of your router.

Over time, your router’s performance can deteriorate due to a build-up of heat, which reduces the WiFi speed.

An old cable with broken copper can prevent a smooth online experience and limit your browsing, as well as putting you and your family at risk.

Be sure to hire an expert to change the cables to a newer and faster router to extend your network and ensure your safety at home.

3. Other devices causing interference

Other electronic devices can interfere with your WiFi signal.

Many of the digital devices you use every day, such as smartphones, Bluetooth headsets and even your neighbour’s router, can interfere with WiFi signals.

WiFi is usually on a frequency of 2.4 GHz, which should ideally be separated from other devices.

If you are considering changing your broadband plan to speed up your WiFi, call a professional immediately.

This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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