If your PC, Laptop or mobile device struggles to locate or manage a connection with your wireless network, your Netgear router might not be producing a strong or stable signal. The performance of the gadget depends on a lot of things, including the age and model of the router, its location in your home and your network configuration. To troubleshoot your Wi-Fi connectivity, you can try upgrading your Netgear router’s hardware or firmware, adjusting its wireless frequency or installing additional network instrument.
Change the Wireless Channel
Most models of Netgear router operate on a frequency band of 2.4 GHz, a range shared with many other electronic appliances, including cordless phones, microwave ovens and baby monitors. These appliances can block the performance of your wireless network by interfering with or reducing the strength of the broadcast signal. To minimize interference, you can try changing your router’s wireless channel or switching to another frequency band so that the router communicates over a various signal range. Log in to your router and click the “Advanced” tab. Choose “Setup” from the main menu and then select “Wireless Setup” from the submenu. Select a new channel from under Wireless Network (2.4GHz B/G/N), or check the Name (SSID) field under Wireless Network (5GHz A/N) to see the name of the network operating on the 5-GHz band.
Upgrade the Hardware
Depending on your router’s model, you might be capable to replace the standard antennas with high gain antennas. These antennas are omni-directional, which means they broadcast a wireless signal in all directions, incrementing the effective range of your device. In most cases, installation is easy: just unscrew the old antennas from the router and insert the new antennas in their place. Before you purchase a new set of antennas, however, try unscrewing existing antennas from your router first to make sure you can upgrade.
Upgrade the Firmware
Netgear routers contain firmware, a type of software embedded in the device that implements and controls the operation of wireless and network protocols. If you’ve owned your Netgear router for several months or years, upgrading its firmware to the newest version might be enough to bring its performance up to par. To find out if your device is eligible for upgrade, sign in to your router’s administration page and click the “Advanced” tab. Choose “Administration” from the main menu and then select “Firmware Upgrade” from the submenu. Click “Check” to search the database for a new version and then click “Yes” or “Upgrade,” if applicable, to install the firmware to your router.
Install a Wi-Fi Extender
If the above solutions fail to increase your wireless signal or if you’re unable to upgrade to a new set of antennas, you can connect an extended to your router to expand its wireless signal. The device does correctly what its name implies; it extends the broadcast range of your access point. To install a Wi-Fi extender, connect the device to your computer and insert its setup disc into your optical drive. Follow the onscreen instructions to connect the device to your access point, and then disconnect the extender from your PC when the procedure completes.
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