With so many people working from home, digital connectivity is more important than ever in residential settings. Increased use of smart home devices like programmable thermostats and wireless security systems also underscore the importance of reliable internet service. When planning WiFi service for your home, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Research Internet Service Providers (ISP) in your area thoroughly before selecting one. Ask family and friends about their experiences and for their recommendations. Ask if the provider offers DSL, satellite, cable, or fiber-optic service. In addition to price, find out what equipment they include and what you are responsible for providing, such as a router, modem, ethernet cables, etc.
- When deciding on an ISP service and rate packages, think about the number of devices that may be connected at once as well as data usage. Overloading the network with too many devices and smart features can slow down speed. Consider how much music, video streaming, and gaming your household usually does to determine how much internet speed will suffice. You’ll also want to consider the square footage of your home to determine how many routers and extenders or boosters you will need.
- Check into bundling services to save money. For example, some cell phone and cable providers offer rate discounts when you purchase multiple services. Set up automated payments to avoid missed bills and service interruption.
- Find the right place for your WiFi equipment with electrical outlet access. It’s usually best to have it as centrally located as possible for maximum coverage, and it needs to be easily accessible for resetting and testing. You should also dust the outer surface of the router periodically. Use cord keepers and cable organizers to prevent tangling and make the area more attractive.
- Use security precautions, such as strong passwords to help prevent unauthorized access and data capture. It’s a good idea to keep your router’s software updated as well. Some homeowners choose a WiFi name that does not include their last name or address for extra protection.
To make guests feel welcome in your home, print cards with your Wi-Fi network name and password for easy access. Place the cards in guest rooms and your home office, or hand them to guests when they arrive. Your guests will appreciate the connectivity and be glad they don’t have to ask for the information.